Sydney Cricket Club’s Mark Frei produced some fireworks of his own to kick off the New Year by taking the first hat trick of the year against Penrith.
In his third-grade match at Birchgrove Oval, Sydney won the toss and elected to bowl, which proved to be a masterstroke for the home side that bowled out Penrith for just 78.
With Penrith in deep trouble at 6-61, Frei piled on the misery taking three wickets in as many balls to collect figures of 3-2 from his three overs.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Sydney who only narrowly secured the victory by two wickets after losing 4-6 in the dying stages.
Despite the tense finish the performance was enough to secure a bonus point victory with one over to spare.
Randwick-Petersham fifth-grade bowler Liam O'Loughlin also enjoyed a strong day out with the ball.
O’Loughlin picked up the best figures of the round across the lower grades of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition taking 6-19 to remove Campbelltown-Camden for 101.
Despite a valiant effort with the bat, Randwick-Petersham missed out on a bonus point win by a single over.
Penrith Cricket Club’s Jacob McIlwain made it two six-wicket hauls in fifth grade for round nine of the competition.
Defending his side’s total of 181 the opening bowler bowled his team to victory with his performance of 6-38, which left Sydney 68 runs short.
The third and final five wicket-taker for round nine went to Sydney University second-grader Charlie Cassell who picked up 5-38 from his eight over spell against Bankstown.
The students claimed victory in the top of the table clash to remain undefeated after nine rounds and currently sit 12 points clear ahead of their opponents Bankstown.
Two players managed to raise their bats for centuries in round nine of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition.
Sutherland fourth-grade batsman Addison Grinham and Eastern Suburbs second-grader Peter Lazarus both scored 104 a piece, and each resulted in a victory for their side to kick off the New Year.
Round 10 action of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition will commence on Saturday. All grades will start play at 10 am for the second of four consecutive one-day matches.