Former Australian Test players and NSW Blues, seamer Trent Copeland and captain Peter Nevill, have again been named for their clubs ahead of round 10 in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Both men played for their clubs last Saturday in the first round after the Christmas and New Year break and will again be in action for the two-day matches across this weekend.
Copeland, who will captain St George against the second-placed Sydney, was at his economical best last Saturday during a huge 155-run win over Western Suburbs. The Saints’ skipper claimed 2-36 from 10 overs.
Nevill played his first match for Eastern Suburbs since late November on Saturday in a 59-run limited-overs loss to Gordon. He made 43 from 51 balls at the top of the order and has scored 218 runs at an average of 72.67 from his four matches for the Dolphins this season.
Blues rookie gloveman Baxter Holt and speedster Harry Conway are expected to join Nevill in the Eastern Suburbs XI for its match against Blacktown at Joe McAleer Reserve on Saturday and Sunday.
Holt returns to NSW Premier Cricket after touring Sri Lanka with the Australian Under 19 team in early January.
During the three Youth One-Day Internationals and three-day Youth Test, Holt made 125 runs at 41.66 and claimed 10 dismissals including eight catches and two stumpings. He also captained the Australian Under 19 team in the Test match.
Eastern Suburbs batsman Angus Robson also plays his 100th First Grade match against Blacktown.
Blacktown will be led by Blues rookie Jordan Gauci who has scored 631 runs at 52.58 during the campaign including three centuries in the First Grade Limited-Overs Cup.
The two wickets for Copeland last Saturday took him to 10 scalps from five matches for St George this season at an average of 17.3.
During the win over Wests, Kurtis Patterson (167 not out) and Luke Bartier (133) combined to set a new record for the highest partnership ever recorded in the Limited-Overs Cup. The pair amassed 309 for the second wicket.
Patterson is unavailable for the match against Sydney but continued his brilliant form for the Cricket Australia XI against Sri Lanka on the first day of the three-day day-night tour match at Blundstone Arena, Hobart. He made 157 not out from 212 balls.
The fixture is a home match for Sydney but will be held at Hurstville Oval. Drummoyne Oval is unavailable due to the scheduling of the Women’s Big Bash League semi-finals at the venue.
The Tigers currently trail Sydney University by a solitary point on the Belvidere Cup ladder. The students meet Randwick Petersham at Petersham Oval.
Randwick Petersham currently sits one point outside the pivotal top six on the table in seventh place.
After nine rounds of the Belvidere Cup, Sydney University leg-spinner Devlin Malone is the leading wicket taker in the competition and will be key against their hosts on the weekend. He has collected 40 wickets from 16 matches across all forms.
Malone has claimed those wickets at the outstanding average of 15.85.
Together with Blues and Sydney Sixers leg-spinner Daniel Fallins, Malone has led the way for wickets taken throughout the majority of the season.
Fallins has returned 35 wickets at 16.8 including three five-wicket hauls. The tweaker has been named in the Sutherland squad to take on Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval.
Three contracted Blues players will feature for Fairfield-Liverpool. Pace duo Chad Sammut and Liam Hatcher, as well as allrounder Param Uppal, have all been named for the Lions.
Hatcher returned from injury last Saturday in the 47-run loss to Mosman at Allan Border Oval. The Sydney Thunder quick claimed 4-46 from his 10 overs.
The right-arm fast bowler has tallied 10 wickets across all formats this season at 24.9.
UTS North Sydney made it four straight wins with a 49-run victory over Parramatta last Saturday and forced its way into the top six on the Belvidere Cup table.
Adam Crosthwaite made 104 from just 58 balls in that win and has been central to the Bears’ success during the campaign so far.
He has made the most centuries of any batsman in the competition this season with five to his name. Crosthwaite has totalled 879 runs at 73.25 including a highest score of 143 not out against Sydney in round seven.
North Sydney play Manly-Warringah in the traditional local derby at North Sydney Oval.
Blues rookie fast bowler Ryan Hadley has been named to play his fifth First Grade match of the season for Manly.
Blues batsman and, Parramatta captain, Nick Bertus is second to Crosthwaite on the list of leading run-scorers in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket. He has amassed 805 runs at 80.5.
The defending champions of the Belvidere Cup meet Bankstown at Old Kings Oval this weekend. Parramatta currently sit fifth on the ladder with five wins and 31 points.
Thunder quick Nathan McAndrew has been selected in the Bankstown squad.
Blues and Thunder batsman, Ryan Gibson, has been named for Penrith as the Panthers seek to turn around their form of recent rounds against Northern District.
Penrith have lost four of their last five matches but remain in fourth position on the table courtesy of an excellent start to the season.
Gordon are at home to Hawkesbury this weekend. Hawks’ captain Peter Forrest kept wicket last Saturday in the absence of first choice keeper Ryan Mizzi. He will return the gloves to Mizzi this weekend.
Thunder batsman and ACT/NSW Country opener in the Toyota Futures League, Matt Gilkes, has been named in the UNSW squad to meet Mosman at Village Green. The Bumblebees are currently third on the ladder four points adrift of Sydney University in first place.
In the other match scheduled for round 10, Western Suburbs host Campbelltown-Camden.
MCDONALD’S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
FIRST GRADE TEAMS:
10.30am Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 January 2019.
Blacktown v Eastern Suburbs at Joe McAleer Reserve.
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.
Eastern Suburbs: Gregory Clarence (c), Peter Nevill, Angus Robson, George Furrer, Harry Conway, Samuel Robson, Henry Hunt, Stuart Meaker, Rupert Lilburne, Harry Dalton, Baxter Holt.
Fairfield-Liverpool v Sutherland at Rosedale Oval.
Fairfield-Liverpool: Harmon Sandhu (c), Jeremy Cashman, Wendel Delpechitra, Raveesh Srivastava, Luke Ohrynowsky, Liam Hatcher, Chad Sammut, Param Uppal, Zach Johns, Yuvraj Sharma, Kazi Szymanski.
Sutherland: C Williams (c), A Bariol, J Brown, J Brown, J Biviano, T Doyle, D Fallins, L Hawksworth, J Wilson, A Waugh, T Pinson.
Gordon v Hawkesbury at Chatswood Oval.
Gordon: Harry Evans (c), Axel Cahlin, Tym Crawford, Steve Colley, Cameron Eccles, Glenn Winsor, Scott O'Brien, Max Newman, Matthew Junk, Alex Patterson, Ashwin Premkumar.
Hawkesbury: Peter Forrest (c), Chris Lawrence, Pat Lawrence, Joshua Clarke, Dale Mckay, Scott Baldwin, Chaitnya Sharma, Jake Wholohan, Aniket Kapila, Matthew Frame, Ryan Mizzi.
UTS North Sydney v Manly-Warringah at North Sydney Oval.
UTS North Sydney: T Jagot (c), A Crosthwaite, J Crosthwaite, R Aitken, J Aitken, R Van Kemenade, B Bryant, M Alexander, J Campbell, T Lester, S Alexander.
Manly-Warringah: Cameron Merchant (c), Ahillen Beadle, Ryan Farrell, Logan Weston, Michael Visser, Jake Carden, Ryan Hadley, Joel Foster, Joseph Graham, Timothy Doonan, Oliver Davies.
Parramatta v Bankstown at Old Kings Oval.
Parramatta: Nicholas Bertus (c), William Affleck, Timothy Ward, Trent Crittenden, Brenton Cherry, Ben Abbott, Scott Copperfield, Bradley Taylor, Jack White, Ben Martin, Liam Lofts, Liam O'Farrell.
Bankstown: Michael Stretton (c), Benjamin Taylor, Chris Ridley, Nathan McAndrew, Mitch Brown, Rhys Williams, Daniel Solway, Brendan Smith, Nick Carruthers, Matthew Waite, Ryan Clark.
Penrith v Northern District at Howell Oval.
Penrith: Ryan Smith (c), Brent Williams, Ryan Gibson, Luke Hodges, Ryan Fletcher, Tyran Liddiard, Trent Weir, John DiBartolo, Michael Collins, Cameron Weir, Brent Atherton
Northern District: Ben Davis (c), Tom Felton, John Anderson, David Lowery, Nic Badings, Daniel Anderson, Chad Soper, Nathan Smith, Clayton Waters, Christopher Wright, Ajaypal Singh.
Randwick Petersham v Sydney University at Petersham Oval.
Randwick Petersham: Anthony Sams (c), Shaun Eaton, Matthew Calder, Mac Jenkins, Soumil Chhibber, Adam Semple, Daya Singh, Riley Ayre, Matthew Everett, Dylan Hunter, Thomas McKenzie.
Sydney University: Liam Robertson (c), Dugald Holloway, Tim Cummins, Ryan McElduff, Ben Joy, Damien Mortimer, Devlin Malone, Hayden Kerr, Joe Kershaw, Varun George, Ben Trevor-Jones.
Sydney v St George at Hurstville Oval.
Sydney: Nicholas Bills (c), Stephen Eskinazi, Ryan Felsch, Beau McClintock, Anthony Mosca, Nathan Sowter, Hugh Sherriff, Matthew Rodgers, Zak Crawley, Liam Gibson, Liam Scott.
St George: Trent Copeland (c), Blake Nikitaras, Matthew Hopkins, Thomas Ortiz, Peter Francis, Luke Bartier, Nicholas Stapleton, Jonathan Rose, Tom Engelbrecht, Blake Macdonald, Adam Whatley.
UNSW v Mosman at Village Green.
UNSW: David Dawson (c), William Wolter, Harry Brook, Matthew Gilkes, Joseph Byrnes, Marcus Atallah, Tahmidul Islam, Suthangan Thanabalasingam, Hayden McLean, Declan White, Joshua Bennett.
Mosman: Scott Rodgie (c), Jake Fawcett, Jayden Park, Luke Shelton, Patrick Pisel, Dean Crawford, Anthony Adlam, Ashley Doolan, Jake Turner, Nathan Hinton, Jordan Thompson, Lachlan Hearne.
Western Suburbs v Campbelltown-Camden at Pratten Park.
Western Suburbs: James Psarakis (c), Isaac Taylor, Callum Hotham, Nicholas Cutler, Adrian Isherwood, Jason Hughes, Liam Sparke, Samuel McMahon, Connor Blaxall-Hill, Quincy Titterton, Michael Tudehope.
Campbelltown-Camden: Jarrad Burke (c), Aaron Yabsley, Philip Wells, Jake Cormack, Jaydyn Simmons, Tanveer Sangha, Oliver Robinson, Jordan Browne, Luke Webb, Iain Carlisle, Luke Courtney.