NSW Blues Jason Sangha and Daniel Fallins starred for their club sides on Saturday during the first day’s action of round four in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Randwick-Petersham captain, and Blues batsman, Sangha scored his third first-grade century, with 138 against Penrith. He guided his side to a massive total of 7/430 off the 96 overs bowled, helping himself to 17 boundaries and three sixes.
Fallins, 23, took his ninth five-wicket haul in first-grade, taking 5-86 from his 30 overs for Sutherland against UNSW. UNSW finished the day 8/239.
Fallins recently represented the Cricket Australia XI and Prime Minister's XI in two T20 tour matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka taking a wicket in each match. Sangha was also selected in the Prime Minister's XI.
UTS North Sydney veteran Robert Aitken became the sixth player to score 11,000 runs in NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday. He top-scored for North Sydney with 44 after coming in with his side rattled at 4/54 against Sydney University.
Aitken’s side ended the day on 7/163 declared after knocking over the University batting line-up for only 111. The students are 0/6 in their second innings.
Aitken also took 1-9 with the ball from four overs. The allrounder has 582 first-grade wickets, and is one of only three players to score 11,000 runs and take 500 wickets in Sydney First Grade.
His younger brother James Aitken starred with the ball for North Sydney, taking 3-6 from 6.3 overs. Seamer Ben Joy took 4-40 for Sydney University.
During his brilliant knock, Sangha added 122 for the third wicket with teammate Daniel Bell-Drummond, and a fifth-wicket partnership of 115 with Riley Ayre (73 not out).
Sangha has been in top form lately, scoring 105 for ACT/NSW Country last week in the Toyota Second XI.
Bell-Drummond, 26, is an English Professional with County side Kent, and scored 93 for Randwick Petersham, his first in his second season of NSW Premier Cricket. The experienced Englishman has played 112 first-class matches, scoring 5,812 runs at 33.02, with 10 centuries and 30 half-centuries.
Nathan Rowe, playing in his first top-grade match since round 12 in 2016-17, claimed career best figures of 7-46 for Eastern Suburbs against Manly-Warringah. It was the 31-year-old’s fourth five-wicket haul in first-grade, helping his side demolish Manly for only 91.
It was a disappointing drop in form for Manly’s batting line-up who recorded the huge total of 6/461 in the last round. The Dolphins finished the day with a 95-run lead at 8/186. Blues allrounder Jack Edwards took 3-16 from eight overs for Manly-Warringah.
Parramatta batsman Brenton Cherry had been struggling with three ducks and a score of 11 to start the season until Saturday, scoring his seventh first-grade century against Hawkesbury. He scored 127, adding 161 for the third wicket with opener Tim Ward who scored 117, his fourth first-grade century.
Cherry also recorded a 112-run fourth-wicket partnership with Scott Copperfield. For Hawkesbury, Abdul Kherkhah achieved his first five-wicket haul in first-grade, taking 6-102 from 32 overs. Parramatta declared at 9/405 and Hawkesbury are 0/5 in reply.
Sydney paceman Nick Bills took his 20th first-grade five-wicket haul and second of the season with 5-52 off 17.5 overs. Bills was the key performer in bowling out Western Suburbs for 183. Sydney finished the day on 0/66.
St George batsman Matthew Hopkins scored his sixth first-grade century, with 106 against Fairfield-Liverpool before being run out. His side were bowled out for 325.
Mosman batsman Lachlan Hearne, 18, scored his second ninety of the season, with 95 against Bankstown. It was his third ninety in first-grade. He also has two first-grade centuries.
His side were bowled out for 258 in under 61 overs. Bankstown finished the day on 3/109.
Northern District batted the entire day against Blacktown Mounties, eventually being bowled out for 320 from the 96 overs. Paceman Hunar Verma starred for Blacktown with 4-50 from 17 overs.
Gordon and Campbelltown-Camden finished the first day of their match on even terms. The Stags were bowled out for 246, before the Ghosts ended Saturday 4/117.
Ghosts pace bowler Samuel Skelly took 4-63 from under 13 overs.
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Bankstown 3-109 (M Stoneman 45no) and 0-0 v Mosman 258 (L Hearne 95 M Calder 67 L Marshall 3-47) and 0-0,
-Lachlan Hearne and Matthew Calder recorded a 92-run partnership for the fifth-wicket
-Calder with five fours and five sixes
Eastern Suburbs 8-186 (P Lazarus 65 T Armstrong 32 J Edwards 3-16 C Green 3-33) v Manly-Warringah 91 (J Foster 48no N Rowe 7-46),
-Eastern Suburbs wicketkeeper Jamie Smith with five catches
-Peter Lazarus with nine fours for his 65
Gordon 246 (T Crawford 54 L Barnsley 36 S Colley 30 S Skelly 4-63 L Courtney 3-46) v Campbelltown-Camden 4-117 (P Wells 57 N Glynn 34),
-Tym Crawford and Lachlan Barnsley with 73 for the fifth-wicket
-Nathan Glynn and Pat Wells second-wicket partnership of 67
Hawkesbury 0-5 v Parramatta 9 (dec)-405 (B Cherry 127 T Ward 117 S Copperfield 65 B Abbott 33 A Kherkhah 6-102),
-Brenton Cherry with 10 boundaries and two sixes
-Tim Ward with 12 boundaries and one six
Northern District 320 (T Felton 66 D Lowery 62 B Davis 36 W Buttleman 32 N Badings 30 H Verma 4-50) v Blacktown Mounties,
-David Lowery and Ben Davis added 88 for the third wicket
Penrith v Randwick Petersham 7-430 (J Sangha 138 D Bell-Drummond 93 R Ayre 73no D Sams 46),
-Bell-Drummond hit 17 fours and a six
St George 325 (M Hopkins 106 P Francis 57 N Stapleton 37 L Bartier 35 T Haines 31 J Rose 30) v Fairfield-Liverpool 0-16,
-Matthew Hopkins and Peter Francis shared a 95-run eighth-wicket partnership
Sutherland v UNSW 8-239 (S Thanabalasingam 36 M Burgess 34 H McLean 30no D Fallins 5-86),
-Daniel Fallins’ 5-86 included 10 maidens
Sydney 0-66 (S Hassan 35no) v Western Suburbs 183 (N Cutler 52 J Psarakis 40 A Isherwood 35 N Bills 5-52),
-Nicholas Cutler and James Psarakis third-wicket partnership of 72
Sydney University 111 (R McElduff 33 J Aitken 3-6 J Campbell 3-26) and 0-6 v UTS North Sydney 7 (dec)-163 (R Aitken 44 B Bryant 35 O Knight 35no B Joy 4-40).