Gordon batsman Tym Crawford made the highest score of his First Grade career, while Sydney paceman Nic Bills and experienced Blues seamer Trent Copeland both claimed five wickets to begin round two of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.
Crawford made 169 from just 165 deliveries in a total of 9/361 against the defending premiers Penrith on the first Saturday. It was his third First Grade century surpassing his previous highest score of 128 posted in 2015/16.
His innings included 21 boundaries and one six.
Bills, who played one Sheffield Shield match for NSW in 2011, claimed 6-46 against Parramatta at Old Kings Oval, his 19th five-wicket performance in First Grade.
The hosts were bowled out for 154 within 46 overs with Sydney 0/23 heading into the second Saturday next week.
No active bowler has more five-wicket hauls than Bills and he is now just 20 wickets short of 400 First Grade scalps.
Only 38 overs were possible at Bankstown Oval due to morning rain, that interrupted a number of matches, but did not stop Copeland.
Leading the attack for St George, as he does for the Blues in Shield cricket, the experienced seamer claimed 5-21 taking him to 371 First Grade wickets at an average of 17.84.
Bankstown tumbled to 7/77 giving the Saints the upper hand heading in to the second Saturday. It was Copeland’s 14th five-wicket haul in Premier Cricket.
Although Crawford took the plaudits with bat in hand at Howell Oval, Penrith spearhead and captain Ryan Smith (4-64) also claimed his 350th First Grade wicket on Saturday.
Western Suburbs middle-order batsman Adrian Isherwood made an impressive 100 not out from 157 deliveries steering his club to 6/239 against Blacktown Mounties at Pratten Park.
Isherwood shared a 118-run partnership with Sydney Thunder leg-spinning allrounder Jonathan Cook (59) for the sixth wicket.
Mosman and Australian Under 19 batsman Lachlan Hearne, 18, missed out on a third First Grade century by nine runs against a Manly-Warringah attack featuring three NSW Blues.
Former Australian left-arm finger spinner and Blues veteran Stephen O’Keefe, played his first Premier Cricket match in almost 12 months, returning 3-47 from 23 overs at Manly Oval.
The Edwards brothers, Mickey (3-69) and Jack (2-22), were also amongst the wicket takers for Manly. Mosman was dismissed for 213 and in reply the hosts are 2/6 with both openers out for ducks.
Hearne shared a 142-run fourth wicket partnership with Anthony Adlam (80 not out). Mosman lost 7/57 to be bowled out in 72.4 overs.
Blues skipper and former Australian Test keeper Peter Nevill returned to Premier cricket with a solid 41 at the top of the order for Eastern Suburbs against Sutherland.
Tim Armstrong (83) and Mark Morley (64) shared a crucial partnership in the middle order to ensure Easts posted a competitive 8/258 by day’s end at Glenn McGrath Oval. The pair added 103 for the sixth wicket.
UTS North Sydney is in a commanding position against Hawkesbury already passing the Hawks’ 140 three wickets down.
While at Rosedale Oval, Fairfield-Liverpool is 9/134 after winning the toss and electing to bat first against Northern District.
No play was possible at either University Oval for Sydney University against Randwick Petersham or David Phillips South where UNSW is hosting Campbelltown-Camden.
NSW Premier Cricket – First Grade:
Bankstown 7-77 (B Taylor 34 T Copeland 5-21) v St George at Bankstown Oval.
Fairfield-Liverpool 9-134 (A Patil 28 L Ohrynowsky 27 P Uppal 24 A Nair 21 S Rodgie 3-23 B Randell 3-29) v Northern District at Rosedale Oval,
Mosman 213 (L Hearne 91 A Adlam 80no S O'Keefe 3-47 M Edwards 3-69 J Edwards 2-22 M Visser 2-33) v Manly-Warringah 2-6 at Manly Oval,
Parramatta 154 (T Ward 36 B Taylor 32 A Turrell 23 D Whyte 21no N Bills 6-46 B Manenti 2-28) v Sydney 0-23 at Old Kings Oval,
Gordon 9-361 (T Crawford 169 M Newman 41no G Winsor 39 C Stobo 32 A Cahlin 23 R Smith 4-64 L Hodges 2-94) v Penrith at Howell Oval,
Eastern Suburbs 8-258 (T Armstrong 83 M Morley 64 P Nevill 41 M Atallah 32 T Pinson 2-36 J Wilson 2-63) v Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval,
Sydney University v Randwick Petersham (no play due to rain) at University Oval.
UNSW v Campbelltown-Camden (no play due to rain) at David Phillips South.
Hawkesbury 140 (B Qureshi 52 M Shinwari 39 M Alexander 4-28 R Aitken 2-0 W Graham 2-31) v UTS North Sydney 3-144 (J James 71no T Reynolds 49no) at North Sydney Oval,
Western Suburbs 6-239 (A Isherwood 100no J Cook 59 J Abraham 34 J Clarke 22 G Hara 2-48 A Naqvi 2-57) v Blacktown Mounties at Pratten Park.