Sydney University is 12 points clear at the top of the table with three rounds remaining in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition before finals commence.
The students currently lead by two clear wins and travel to Chatswood to take on sixth-placed Gordon in round 13 starting this Saturday.
Sydney University have made the last two Grand Finals of the Belvidere Cup, winning the competition in 2016/17, and will seek to extend their lead with another win over the next two Saturdays.
NSW Blues captain Peter Nevill has been named in the Eastern Suburbs squad to play Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval.
Nevill made his second century of the season for the Dolphins last Saturday. He scored 112 not out from 199 balls in the successful first innings chase for Easts against Western Suburbs.
NSW Metro Under 19 captain Ollie Davies will also become one of the youngest ever players to captain a Sydney First Grade team on Saturday.
Davies, 18, will captain Manly-Warringah against Randwick Petersham at Coogee Oval. Blues rookie fast bowler Ryan Hadley is expected to play for the home side.
The teenager made the first ever limited-overs double century in the history of the Under 19 National Championships in December. Davies hammered 207 from 115 balls.
A win for Sydney University over the next two Saturdays will put the ladder leaders in a strong position to finish the Premier Cricket competition in first place.
The students made the final of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup won by Sutherland in December and have qualified in second position for the Quarter Finals of the First Grade Limited-Overs Cup.
Blues batsman Nick Larkin returns to the Sydney University side for the match against Gordon. Throughout the six matches played for his club this season, in both longer form and T20 cricket, he has made 335 runs at an average of 55.83.
The bowling attack have been a key part of the success for Sydney University this season. Across all formats leg-spinner Devlin Malone has claimed 47 wickets at an average of 17.51.
Paceman Joe Kershaw also has 35 wickets at 19.49 including season best figures of 6-45 claimed in the outright win over Penrith last weekend.
Blues seamer Charlie Stobo, 23, has been named in the Gordon squad.
Nevill will be joined in the Eastern Suburbs side by three other contracted Blues players including speedster Henry Thornton, fellow quick Harry Conway and rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Baxter Holt.
Fairfield-Liverpool will also have three Blues available for the match. Pace duo Liam Hatcher and left-arm firebrand Chad Sammut, as well as allrounder Param Uppal, have all been named for the Lions.
Despite his team suffering an outright defeat in the top of the table match last weekend, Penrith captain Ryan Smith went to the top of the Premier Cricket wicket takers list.
The seamer collected a career best 7-59 in the first innings of the outright loss to the students. It took Smith to 48 wickets for the season at 17.04 and he has one more wicket than Malone.
Penrith host Mosman at Howell Oval. Sydney Thunder and Blues batsman Ryan Gibson has been named for the Panthers.
The most recent Sheffield Shield debutant for NSW, Greg West, is a key inclusion for Mosman. He made his maiden appearance for the Blues in First Class cricket against South Australia at the SCG in early December.
The Newcastle quick has collected 12 wickets from four matches, at an average of 25.08, for ACT/NSW Country in the Toyota Futures League this season.
Penrith are currently in third position on the ladder two points behind UTS North Sydney who are seeking an eighth straight victory in the Belvidere Cup against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park.
The form of Adam Crosthwaite and captain Thomas Jagot has been pivotal to this run. Both men are second and third respectively on leading run-scorers list for the season in Premier Cricket.
Crosthwaite has compiled 931 runs at 62.07 including five centuries, while Jagot has nearly 900 runs to his name at an even better average of 67.69.
Jagot has scored 430 of his 880 runs in the four rounds since the Christmas break including two centuries and a pair of scores in the nineties.
Parramatta captain and Blues batsman, Nick Bertus, is the leading run-scorer with an outstanding 998 runs at 76.77.
He also has 315 runs at a tick under 40 for NSW Metro during the Futures League.
Bertus will lead his club against Hawkesbury at Old Kings Oval over the next two Saturdays. The Hawks are captained by former Blues and Australian One-Day International batsman, Peter Forrest, who is currently the sixth leading run-scorer in the Belvidere Cup.
Forrest has posted 750 runs at 53.57. Fellow Hawkesbury batsman Dale Mckay is the fifth on that list with 782 runs at 48.88.
UNSW has lost its last three matches to fall out of the pivotal top six and desperately needs a win against fourth-placed Sydney to keep its finals hopes alive.
Nineteen-year-old English First Class batsman Harry Brook leads the way with bat in hand for the Bumblebees so far this season. He has compiled 613 runs at 47.15 in his first campaign of Premier Cricket.
Sydney will be hoping to rebound from a disappointing performance against Hawkesbury last weekend where the Tigers were bowled out for 90 in the first innings.
Blues leg-spinner Daniel Fallins will play his 20th match this season for Sutherland against Blacktown at Joe McAleer Reserve.
Fallins has claimed 44 scalps at 18 and is the third leading wicket taker for the competition. Blacktown is captained by Blues rookie Jordan Gauci.
Bankstown presently sit five points outside the top six, in seventh place, and play Northern District at home in round 13.
In other matches, Campbelltown-Camden meet St George at Raby Oval No. 1.
MCDONALD’S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
FIRST GRADE TEAMS:
10.30am Saturdays 9 & 16 February 2019.
Bankstown v Northern District at Bankstown Oval.
Bankstown: Michael Stretton (c), Benjamin Taylor, Chris Ridley, Mitch Brown, Rhys Williams, Daniel Solway, Brendan Smith, Ryan Clark, Nick Carruthers, Peter Dignam, Bradley Simpson, Matthew Waite, Liam Marshall, Nathan McAndrew.
Northern District: Ben Davis (c), Nathan Smith, Nic Badings, Tom Felton, David Lowery, Daniel Anderson, Oliver Hing, Ajaypal Singh, William Fort, Christopher Wright, Jacob Heinrich.
Blacktown v Sutherland at Joe McAleer Reserve.
Blacktown: Jordan Gauci (c), Matthew Day, Abdul Hameed Kherkhah, Toby Flynn-Duncombe, Antum Naqvi, Dhruv Kant, Gurinderjeet Hara, Daniel Nicotra, Asfar Riaz, Salman Irshad, Jaskaran Cheema.
Sutherland: Chris Williams (c), Jarryd Biviano, Jamie Brown, Tom Doyle, Aiden Bariol, Austin Waugh, Nicholas Amos, Daniel Fallins, Tom Pinson, Jake Wilson, Jayden Brown.
Campbelltown-Camden v St George at Raby Oval 1.
Campbelltown-Camden: Jarrad Burke (c), Aaron Yabsley, Mitchell Carruthers, Jake Cormack, Jaydyn Simmons, Jordan Browne, Oliver Robinson, Tanveer Sangha, Luke Webb, Iain Carlisle, Luke Courtney, Philip Wells.
St George: Nicholas Stapleton (c), Blake Nikitaras, Matthew Hopkins, Eric Denhartog, Thomas Ortiz, Peter Francis, Mitchell Gray, Luke Bartier, Jonathan Rose, Tom Engelbrecht, Blake Macdonald.
Fairfield-Liverpool v Eastern Suburbs at Rosedale Oval.
Fairfield-Liverpool: Harmon Sandhu (c), Jeremy Cashman, Wendel Delpechitra, Raveesh Srivastava, Luke Ohrynowsky, Damien Aviet, Liam Hatcher, Chad Sammut, Param Uppal, Josh Baraba, Yuvraj Sharma.
Eastern Suburbs: Greg Clarence (c), Peter Nevill, Angus Robson, George Furrer, Samuel Robson, Harry Dalton, Jack Preddey, Henry Hunt, Stuart Meaker, Rupert Lilburne, Harry Conway, Baxter Holt, Henry Thornton.
Gordon v Sydney University at Chatswood Oval.
Gordon: Harry Evans (c), Steve Colley, Scott O'Brien, Alex Patterson, Charlie Stobo, Cameron Eccles, Matthew Junk, Axel Cahlin, Tym Crawford, Joshua Staines, Glenn Winsor
Sydney University: Liam Robertson (c), Nicholas Larkin, Dugald Holloway, Tim Cummins, Ryan McElduff, Damien Mortimer, Ben Trevor-Jones, Devlin Malone, Hayden Kerr, Joe Kershaw, Ben Joy.
Parramatta v Hawkesbury at Old Kings Oval.
Parramatta: Nicholas Bertus (c), Timothy Ward, Brenton Cherry, Trent Crittenden, Scott Copperfield, Adam Turrell, Liam O'Farrell, Luke Dempsey, Ben Martin, Liam Lofts, Shane Cassel, Bradley Taylor.
Hawkesbury: Peter Forrest (c), Chris Lawrence, Pat Lawrence, Aidan Van Den Nieuwboer, Joshua Clarke, Dale Mckay, Scott Baldwin, Jarod Brett, Ryan Mizzi, Nivethan Radhakrishnan, Jake Wholohan.
Penrith v Mosman at Howell Oval.
Penrith: Ryan Smith (c), Brent Williams, Tom Sargeant, Luke Hodges, Ryan Fletcher, Tyran Liddiard, Trent Weir, Luke Masters, Brent Atherton, Cameron Weir, Henry Railz, Ryan Gibson.
Mosman: Scott Rodgie (c), Gregory West, Jayden Park, Luke Shelton, Lachlan Hearne, Patrick Pisel, Anthony Adlam, Ashley Doolan, Jake Turner, Nathan Hinton, Jordan Thompson.
Randwick Petersham v Manly-Warringah at Coogee Oval.
Randwick Petersham: Anthony Sams (c), Dylan Hunter, Matthew Calder, Thomas McKenzie, Soumil Chhibber, Adam Semple, Daya Singh, Riley Ayre, Matthew Everett, Jacob Wood, James Mahony-Brack.
Manly-Warringah: Oliver Davies (c), Ahillen Beadle, Ryan Farrell, Logan Weston, Sam Webber, Ryan Hadley, Joel Foster, Thomas Kaye, Joseph Graham, Aaron Beard, Michael Visser.
UNSW v Sydney at Village Green.
UNSW: David Dawson (c), Declan White, Suthangan Thanabalasingam, Connor Jackson, Joshua Bennett, Hayden McLean, Marcus Atallah, Tahmidul Islam, Joseph Byrnes, Harry Brook, Brandon McLean.
Sydney: Daniel Smith (c), Matthew Rodgers, Liam Scott, Anthony Mosca, Zak Crawley, Stephen Eskinazi, Beau McClintock, Benjamin Manenti, Grant Stewart, Ryan Felsch, Nicholas Bills, Hugh Sherriff.
Western Suburbs v UTS North Sydney at Pratten Park.
Western Suburbs: James Psarakis (c), Isaac Taylor, Nicholas Cutler, Joel Abraham, Adrian Isherwood, Jason Hughes, Samuel McMahon, Connor Blaxall-Hill, Daniel Van Der Merwe, Michael Tudehope, Quincy Titterton, Jonathan Cook.
UTS North Sydney: Thomas Jagot (c), Adam Crosthwaite, James Crosthwaite, Robert Aitken, James Aitken, Ryan Van Kemenade, Benjamin Bryant, Matthew Alexander, Declan Hoare, James Campbell, Toby Lester, Sam Alexander, Tim Reynolds.