Blues rookies Matthew Gilkes and Baxter Holt both recorded dynamic One-Day centuries guiding their clubs to victory during the opening round of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.
Gilkes, 20, scored a personal best 166 not out off only 115 balls, helping his UNSW side chase down Hawkesbury’s 9/264 to record a huge eight-wicket win in the 50-over match. The Bumblebees finished 2/265 from 39.2 overs.
On the back of that outstanding knock, Gilkes made his Blues debut in the Marsh One-Day Cup on Monday at Drummoyne Oval. He was one of two one-day debutants for NSW against Western Australia along with Sutherland leg-spinner Daniel Fallins.
It follows Gilkes’ Big Bash League debut for the Thunder last season when Gilkes scored 51 in Perth. He earned his first Blues contract this season.
Gilkes’ century on Saturday was the sixth highest limited-overs score in Premier Cricket and his fifth first-grade century. He struck 19 fours and four sixes against the Hawks.
Former Australian One-Day International batsman Peter Forrest scored a solid 79 captaining Hawkesbury.
Gilkes played six matches in the Toyota Futures League during 2018/19, representing ACT/NSW Country, scoring 508 runs at the impressive average of 46.18.
The Futures League is now known as the Toyota Second XI competition.
Holt guided Eastern Suburbs to a seven-wicket win, recording his maiden first-grade century of 122 from 104 balls including 13 fours and four sixes. He helped his Dolphins side chase down 215 set by Fairfield-Liverpool.
Like Gilkes, Holt enjoyed a break out season in 2018/19 making his Sheffield Shield debut for the Blues last season, as well as for the Thunder in the BBL.
In his Blues debut, against Tasmania in the final round of the Shield, he equalled the record for most dismissals by a first-class debutant in Australia with nine catches for the match.
Holt played five matches for NSW Metro in the Futures League last season, scoring 310 runs at 51.67, including a highest score of 151.
He also made two centuries at the Under 19 National Championships for NSW Metro. This is Holt’s second season as a contracted Blues player.
The best bowling figures of the round came from North Sydney’s Matthew Alexander, who claimed an outstanding 7-38 against Bankstown, his second five-wicket haul in first-grade.
His first being 5-28 in round 11 last season for UTS North Sydney. Alexander's efforts however could not prevent a Bankstown victory.
Bankstown dismissed UTS North Sydney for 226 on the final ball of the 50 overs to win by just one run at Bankstown Oval.
The home side made 227. Mitch Brown top scored for Bankstown with 79.
Sydney University scored a mighty 6/325 from its 50 overs, led by Hayden Kerr’s unbeaten 121 from 113, with Sydney dismissed for 190 in reply.
Kerr was forced to retire hurt after scoring his second first-grade century that included five sixes.
Harry Dalton scored his fourth first-grade century with 100 from 144 for Mosman, his first triple figure score since 2015/16. He recorded 16 half-centuries in between these tons.
The century was not quite enough to get Mosman over the line against Campbelltown-Camden losing by four wickets. The Ghosts chased down 220 to win with four balls to spare.
Joel Foster, 19, producing the best all-round performance of the round, taking 4-29 with his seamers to help Manly-Warringah keep St George to 9/225.
Foster then hit an unbeaten 59 with the bat, contributing to an unbeaten 118-run sixth wicket stand with Cameron Merchant who also chipped in with 59 not out guiding Manly-Warringah to a five-wicket victory.
Manly finishing 5/228 in the 50th over.
Randwick-Petersham recorded a 19-run victory after setting Western Suburbs 273 to win.
Shaun Eaton (85) and William Affleck (71), on debut for Randwick Petersham, made valuable contributions for the victors sharing a 149-run opening partnership.
Gordon defeated Sutherland by 163 runs at Glenn McGrath Oval. The Stags scored 7/303 with Harry Evans scoring a superb 88 from 68 balls.
Cameron Eccles also made 76 for the victors.
Parramatta defeated Blacktown Mounties by seven wickets after bowling them out for 138. Jonathon Sammut top-scored for the match with 66.
Defending premiers Penrith defeated Northern District by eight wickets at Mark Taylor Oval after bowling the hosts out for 137.
NSW Premier Cricket: First Grade:
Round 1 - Limited-Overs:
Bankstown 227 (M Brown 79 N Carruthers 41 P Dignam 36 M Alexander 7-38 W Graham 2-51) bt UTS North Sydney 226 (J Avendano 60 T Jagot 42 B Bryant 30 J Campbell 27no T Reynolds 26 B Le Bas 3-29 B Taylor 3-56 B Simpson 2-51) at Bankstown Oval.
Parramatta 3-141 (B Abbott 54 T Ward 46 L Dempsey 27no A Naqvi 3-36) bt Blacktown Mounties 138 (J Sammut 66 M Day 24 A Turrell 3-6 B Taylor 2-21 J Workman 2-22 L Dempsey 2-36) with 1 bonus point at Joe McAleer Reserve.
Campbelltown-Camden 6-220 (J Burke 56 J Simmons 35 P Wells 32 A Paddison 28 B Patterson 23no L Webb 20no J Park 2-41 D Dassanayake 2-42) bt Mosman 219 (H Dalton 100 L Hearne 34 A Doolan 28 L Webb 4-42 J Burke 2-35 B Larance 2-39) at Raby Oval.
Eastern Suburbs 3-215 (B Holt 122 A Ezekiel 42no P Lazarus 41) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 214 (A Patil 58 P Uppal 39 M Williams 38 R Srivastava 23 J Preddey 4-40 H Thornton 3-39) at Waverley Oval.
Penrith 2-138 (B Atherton 53no C Weir 51no) bt Northern District 137 (D Lowery 30 C Soper 29 B Davis 28 S Rodgie 27 B Williams 3-14 R Fletcher 3-29 H Railz 3-31) with 1 bonus point at Mark Taylor Oval.
Randwick Petersham 9-272 (S Eaton 85 W Affleck 71 B Abbatangelo 23 J Sangha 22 J Cook 4-46 J Clarke 2-55 J Shepherd 2-58) bt Western Suburbs 253 (J Cook 47no J Abraham 40 N Cutler 38 J Clarke 35 J Psarakis 32 R Ayre 3-47 A Semple 2-30) at Coogee Oval.
Manly-Warringah 5-228 (C Merchant 59no J Foster 59no O Davies 48 A Beadle 21 T Copeland 2-38) bt St George 9-225 (K Patterson 47 J Rose 28 T Copeland 27 N Stapleton 26 J Graham 25no L Bartier 22 J Foster 4-29 J Edwards 2-29 R Hadley 2-55) at Hurstville Oval.
Gordon 7-303 (H Evans 88 C Eccles 76 A Cahlin 43 T Crawford 39 S Colley 27 T Pinson 2-46 J Wilson 2-53) bt Sutherland 140 (J Biviano 43 B Dwarshuis 29 G Winsor 3-14 N Doyle 2-23 T Crawford 2-29 A Premkumar 2-36) with 1 bonus point at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Sydney University 6-325 (H Kerr 121no L Robertson 55 R McElduff 45 N Larkin 33 R Felsch 3-64 A Glendenning 2-54) bt Sydney 190 (B McClintock 48no A Glendenning 35 D Smith 33 C Cassell 3-34 D Malone 3-51 H Kerr 2-6) with 1 bonus point at University Oval.
UNSW 2-265 (M Gilkes 166no W Wolter 46no J Attenborough 30) bt Hawkesbury 9 -264 (P Forrest 79 C Lawrence 40 M Shinwari 39 B Qureshi 37 S Baldwin 21 J Bennett 4-59 D White 3-65).