Former Australian Test players Ed Cowan, NSW Blues captain Peter Nevill and seamer Trent Copeland will all play for their clubs in round nine of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket this Saturday.
Copeland will captain St George against Western Suburbs in one of the 10 limited-overs fixtures. Nevill has been released from the Sydney Sixers to play for Eastern Suburbs against Gordon.
Cowan, who retired from professional cricket last season, has been named to play his fifth game for Sydney University this season.
Saturday will be round three of the First Grade Limited-Overs Cup. Sydney currently lead the One-Day competition by one point from second-placed Sydney University.
Like Nevill, several players have been released from the Sydney Thunder and Sixers’ squads to play for their clubs during round nine of the Belvidere Cup.
Blues and Thunder top-order batsman Kurtis Patterson will join Copeland in the St George side for their match at Hurstville Oval.
Fellow Blues and Thunder batsman, Ryan Gibson, has been named in the Penrith squad to play Sydney at Drummoyne Oval. The top-order batter is the leading run-scorer for the Panthers this season in Premier Cricket with 500 runs to his name at 38.5.
Sixers and Blues leg-spinner Dan Fallins is expected to play for Sutherland against Northern District at Glenn McGrath Oval. The game will also mark the 100th match for Fallins in the top grade.
Thunder quicks Nathan McAndrew and Liam Hatcher are likewise expected to play for Bankstown and Fairfield-Liverpool respectively.
Bankstown host Sydney University, at Bankstown Oval. While Fairfield-Liverpool are away to Mosman.
Copeland is a big boost for St George, who currently sit just outside the pivotal top eight in the Limited-Overs Cup.
Not only is his leadership experience invaluable, but Copeland has been in outstanding bowling form for the Blues throughout the opening rounds of the JLT Sheffield Shield completed before Christmas.
Copeland has claimed 23 wickets at 16.78 including best figures of 6-86 against South Australia in round one.
Patterson is an equally important addition to the St George side. The excellent season for the elegant left-hander continued on Wednesday when he was announced in the Cricket Australia XI to play Sri Lanka in a three-day day-night tour match at Blundstone Arena, Hobart starting on Thursday.
The 25-year-old will join fellow Blues batsman Jason Sangha in the Cricket Australia XI.
Patterson has amassed 428 runs at 47.55 for the Blues in the Sheffield Shield this season, including one century and three fifties.
Nevill will play his third match for Eastern Suburbs this season against Gordon. In round six, the Blues skipper scored 111 from 225 balls in a three-wicket first innings win over Penrith.
He made 64 during his other match against St George. Nevill averages 87.5 from his two visits to the crease.
Blues speedster Harry Conway joins his NSW captain in the Eastern Suburbs squad for Saturday’s match.
Cowan has made two half-centuries in his four matches this season. He has only played One-Day and T20 cricket during the campaign with a tally of 189 runs at 47.25.
Team mate Devlin Malone has been central to the success of Sydney University this season.
The students are on top of the Belvidere Cup table, as well as being second in the Limited-Overs Cup standings, after making the final of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup in December. They lost that final to Sutherland.
Malone is the leading wicket taker in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket so far in the 2018/19 season.
The leg-spinner has claimed 37 wickets at 16.24 this season and in the last round before Christmas collected his 150th First Grade wicket against Mosman. He has returned three five-wicket hauls during the 2018/19 campaign including best figures of 6-73 against Easts.
Fallins is second on the list of leading wicket takers. The Sutherland leg-spinner is two scalps behind Malone with 35 dismissals at 15.8.
Both Sutherland and Randwick Petersham will be without Steve Smith and David Warner respectively. Both players were unavailable due to playing commitments in the Bangladesh Premier League, with Smith flying home after suffering an elbow injury.
Randwick Petersham are away to Campbelltown-Camden this Saturday.
Two of the leading run-scorers in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket this season will be in action for Parramatta and UTS North Sydney at North Sydney Oval.
Blues batsman and Parramatta captain Nick Bertus is at the top of that list with 802 runs at the remarkable average of 89.11. While, former wicketkeeper-batsman for Victoria and South Australia, Adam Crosthwaite, has scored 775 runs at 70.45 for Norths including four centuries.
Bertus has recorded three centuries including a highest of score of 140 against Campbelltown-Camden in round two.
Blues batsman and Blacktown captain, Jordan Gauci, is the leading run-scorer in the Limited-Overs Cup after two rounds.
Gauci has posted 220 runs and has been dismissed just the once. His tally includes two centuries from as many played in the limited-overs format.
Emerging young Gordon batsman Axel Cahlin is the only other player to score two one-day centuries in the opening rounds. He has scored 218 runs at 109.
Blacktown meet UNSW at the Village Green with Thunder batsman Matt Gilkes expected to play subject to a fitness test.
In other matches, Manly-Warringah host Hawkesbury. The Hawks will be captained by former Australian One-Day and Blues batsman, Peter Forrest.
MCDONALD'S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
FIRST GRADE TEAMS:
BELVIDERE CUP ROUND 9 & FIRST GRADE LIMITED-OVERS CUP ROUND 3:
10.00am Saturday 12 January 2019
Bankstown v. Sydney University at Bankstown Oval
Bankstown: Michael Stretton (c), Benjamin Taylor, Chris Ridley, Nathan McAndrew, Mitch Brown, Rhys Williams, Daniel Solway, Brendan Smith, Kyle Brockley, Nick Carruthers, Matthew Waite.
Sydney University: Liam Robertson (c), Hayden Kerr, Nicholas Walker, Damien Mortimer, Ed Cowan, Ryan McElduff, Tim Cummins, Dugald Holloway, Joe Kershaw, Ben Joy, Devlin Malone.
Campbelltown-Camden v. Randwick-Petersham at Raby Oval No. 1
Campbelltown-Camden: Jarrad Burke (c), Philip Wells, Aaron Yabsley, Jake Cormack, Jaydyn Simmons, Luke Courtney, Jordan Browne, Nathan Baker, Luke Webb, Samuel Skelly, Oliver Robinson.
Randwick Petersham: Anthony Sams (c), Matthew Everett, Jason Ralston, Soumil Chhibber, Mac Jenkins, Shaun Eaton, Adam Semple, Riley Ayre, Matthew Calder, Daya Singh, Daniel Bell-Drummond.
Eastern Suburbs v. Gordon at Waverley Oval
Eastern Suburbs: Gregory Clarence (c), Timothy Armstrong, Angus Robson, George Furrer, Harry Conway, Samuel Robson, Jack Preddey, Stuart Meaker, Peter Nevill, Henry Hunt, Rupert Lilburne.
Gordon: Harry Evans (c), Elliot Richtor, Steve Colley, Scott O'Brien, Alex Patterson, Matthew Junk, Axel Cahlin, Max Newman, Tym Crawford, Glenn Winsor, Ashwin Premkumar
Manly-Warringah v. Hawkesbury at Manly Oval
Manly-Warringah: Cameron Merchant (c), Ryan Farrell, Logan Weston, Sam Webber, Michael Visser, Jake Carden, Ryan Hadley, Joel Foster, Joseph Graham, Ahillen Beadle, Arshdeep Virdi.
Hawkesbury: Peter Forrest (c), Chris Lawrence, Pat Lawrence, Aidan Van Den Nieuwboer, Joshua Clarke, Dale Mckay, Scott Baldwin, Jarod Brett, Kerrod Gordon, Chaitnya Sharma, Jake Wholohan
Mosman v. Fairfield-Liverpool at Allan Border Oval
Mosman: Scott Rodgie (c), Anthony Adlam, Jake Fawcett, Patrick Pisel, Nathan Hinton, Ashley Doolan, Luke Shelton, Jordan Thompson, Jake Turner, Dean Crawford, Jayden Park.
Fairfield-Liverpool: Harmon Sandhu (c), Raveesh Srivastava, Yuvraj Sharma, Wendel Delpechitra, Zach Johns, Chad Sammut, Liam Hatcher, Luke Ohrynowsky, Jeremy Cashman, Kazi Szymanski, Param Uppal.
UTS North Sydney v. Parramatta at North Sydney Oval
UTS North Sydney: Thomas Jagot (c), Adam Crosthwaite, James Crosthwaite, Robert Aitken, James Aitken, Ryan Van Kemenade, Benjamin Bryant, Matthew Alexander, Jake Hardy, James Campbell, Toby Lester.
Parramatta: Nicholas Bertus (c), William Affleck, Ben Abbott, Trent Crittenden, Brenton Cherry, Luke Dempsey, Scott Copperfield, Bradley Taylor, Jack White, Ben Martin, Liam Lofts
St George v. Western Suburbs at Hurstville Oval
St George: Trent Copeland (c), Blake Nikitaras, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Hopkins, Thomas Ortiz, Peter Francis, Luke Bartier, Nicholas Stapleton, Jonathan Rose, Tom Engelbrecht, Blake Macdonald.
Western Suburbs: James Psarakis (c), Isaac Taylor, Callum Hotham, Nicholas Cutler, Adrian Isherwood, Thomas Burt, Samuel McMahon, Connor Blaxall-Hill, Quincy Titterton, Haris Rauf, Michael Tudehope.
Sutherland v. Northern District at Glenn McGrath Oval
Sutherland: Chris Williams (c), Aiden Bariol, Jamie Brown, Jayden Brown, Jarryd Biviano, Tom Doyle, Daniel Fallins, Jake Wilson, Austin Waugh, Tom Pinson, Luke Hawksworth.
Northern District: Ben Davis (c), Tom Felton, John Anderson, Nic Badings, David Lowery, Daniel Anderson, Clayton Waters, Ross Pawson, Chad Soper, Nathan Smith, Christopher Wright.
Sydney v. Penrith at Drummoyne Oval
Sydney: Nicholas Bills (c), Ryan Felsch, Matthew Rodgers, Anthony Mosca, Stephen Eskinazi, Zak Crawley, Beau McClintock, Nick Govers, Nathan Sowter, Ryan Corns, Hugh Sherriff.
Penrith: Ryan Smith (c), Brent Williams, Tom Sargeant, Luke Hodges, Tyran Liddiard, Trent Weir, John DiBartolo, Michael Collins, Cameron Weir, Ryan Gibson, Ryan Fletcher
UNSW v. Blacktown at Village Green
UNSW: David Dawson (c), Harry Brook, Matthew Gilkes, Marcus Atallah, Joseph Byrnes, William Wolter, Tahmidul Islam, Suthangan Thanabalasingam, Hayden McLean, Declan White, Joshua Bennett
Blacktown: Jordan Gauci (c), James Newton, Matthew Day, Abdul Hameed Kherkhah, Toby Flynn-Duncombe, Antum Naqvi, Hunar Verma, Dhruv Kant, Gurinderjeet Hara, Daniel Nicotra, Salman Irshad.