A second hundred in three games puts Adam Ezekiel front and centre of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket highlights for round ten of the competition.
The Eastern Suburbs second-grade batsman scored a swift 141 off just 122 balls in his match against Blacktown at Waverley Oval.
Ezekiel smashed nine fours along with nine sixes in his devastating knock which help Easts post 247 from their 50 overs, which proved to be more than enough for the home side who secured victory by 92 runs.
Blacktown’s fifth-grade captain Don Nash produced a memorable innings of his own against Easts. A five-wicket haul to Basit Ali (5-28) helped restrict the Eastern Suburbs line up to 9-190 before Nash unleashed with the willow.
Nash struck 18 fours and four sixes in his innings of 137 which came from just 81 deliveries.
His innings was almost enough to secure a miraculous bonus point win. However, his departure with 13 runs required saw his side miss out on the extra point by just two balls.
Manly-Warringah’s Sam Jones also notched up a century in the fifth-grade competition in round ten.
The number three batsman was called to the action early after Manly-Warringah lost their first wicket with no runs on the board.
Jones held his nerve to score 105 only to be brought undone by a runout. But it was more than enough to see his side cruise to a comfortable victory by 75 runs.
Sutherland fourth-grade batsman Jake Hawksworth rounds out this week’s century makers with a commanding 124 against Fairfield-Liverpool at Sutherland Oval.
Hawksworth’s innings proved to be a match winner in the end with his side securing the win by just 12 runs.
Two other players joined Basit Ali on this week’s list of five-wicket takers.
Gordon’s Daniel Stickland claimed figures of 5-21 against Hawkesbury in his second-grade match at Owen Earle Oval. His performance helped bowl out the home side of 145 that his side successfully chased with six wickets in hand.
The other notable bowling performance of the round went to Eastern Suburb’s fourth-grade bowler Matthew Sarkies. In just his fifth game of the season, Sarkies managed to claim 5-24 from his nine-over spell against Blacktown. He along with Samuel Powell (4-15) combined to take nine wickets between and dismiss Blacktown for 72 in pursuit of Eastern Suburbs 8-142.
Round 11 of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition will consist of one-day matches to be played on Saturday will play beginning at 10 am for all grades.