Former Australian Test allrounder Shane Watson scored his third First-Grade century on the second day of round four of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.
Watson, 38, smashed 141 off 109 balls against UNSW in what was his 22nd First-Grade match for Sutherland. The dominant knock included 17 fours and seven sixes.
The brilliant innings guided his side to a superb six-wicket victory, chasing down UNSW’s first innings score of 9/306 declared from the previous weekend.
The 59-Test veteran put on an opening stand of 194 with James Arnold, who was making his First-Grade debut, and added 61 runs himself. Arnold was elevated to the top grade after scoring two centuries in second-grade this season.
NSW Blues contracted allrounder Arjun Nair recorded his maiden First-Grade century for Fairfield-Liverpool to help guide his side to a big five-wicket victory over St George. Nair hit 134 not out from 163 balls, including 19 boundaries, to run down the 325 that St George made last weekend five wickets down.
The 21-year-old rising star scored five centuries as a young teenager in the Under 16 AW Green Shield matches in 2012-13 and 2013-14, before receiving a call up to represent the Blues in 2015-16 predominantly as a spinner. He had previously scored seven half-centuries at top grade level before this breakthrough century.
Blues batsman Ryan Gibson scored his second century of the season for Penrith and the 12th of his First-Grade career. Gibson smashed 141 from 136 balls including 15 fours and three sixes, continuing his red-hot form after scoring 186 not out in the last round against Hawkesbury.
He put on 85 for the third-wicket with Cameron Weir, who scored his fourth First-Grade century. Weir made 114, hitting 10 boundaries and clearing the rope three times. Weir hit the highest score in Premier Cricket last season with 180 against St George.
These efforts were however not enough to get Penrith over the line, falling short of Randwick-Petersham’s 7/430 from last weekend, where Blues rising star Jason Sangha starred with 138. The Randy Petes winning by 45 runs on the back of Adam Semple’s 4-52 from 17.5 overs.
Bankstown batsman Mitchell Brown went past 5,000 first-grade runs during the successful run chase against Mosman. Brown scored 82 from 107 balls, hitting 10 boundaries, for his fourth half-century of the season and taking his career tally to 5,044 runs at the average of 36.02, including eight centuries and 33 half-centuries.
On the back of this effort Bankstown were able to reach Mosman’s 258 made last weekend, winning by three wickets. Spinner Jayden Park made it an exciting finish by taking 4-79 from 30 overs for Mosman.
Former Australian One-Day International batsman and Hawkesbury captain Peter Forrest was unable to reproduce the fireworks he produced in the T20 competition last weekend, but he was able to pass 5,000 First-Grade runs himself. His 17 was enough to take him to 5011 runs at 37.67, with eight centuries and 31 half-centuries.
Hawkesbury were bowled out for 274, falling short of Parramatta’s 9/405 (dec). Parramatta bowler Ben Aitchison took 4/78 from 24 overs.
Eastern Suburbs defeated Manly-Warringah on the first innings after the latter were bowled out for 92 last Saturday. Eastern Suburbs passed this with ease, finishing all out for 250, and are equal first on the table.
The match ended with Manly on 3/137 in the second innings, and NSW fast bowler Harry Conway taking 1-23 off his five overs.
UTS North Sydney took an outright victory against Sydney University. Norths had a 52-run lead at the end of the first day’s play, and then capitalised on this by bowling the students out for 196, thanks to 4-49 from seamer Matthew Alexander.
They completed the job with ease, finishing on 2/148 from 32.5 overs, with Justin Avendano unbeaten on 78 from 83 balls.
Campbelltown-Camden defeated Gordon by three wickets after chasing down the 246 set by Gordon on day one. They move to the top of the table with Eastern Suburbs.
Northern District claimed victory over Blacktown Mounties by 115 runs after bowling them out for 205. Tom Felton took 5-49, ensuring Blacktown made it nowhere near the 320 set by Northern District on the opening day.
Sydney ended Saturdays’ play on 6/241, comfortably past Western Suburbs’ 183, taking the win on the first innings.
NSW Premier Cricket - First Grade:
Bankstown 7-260 (M Brown 82 M Stoneman 57 N McAndrew 35 Z Ahmed 21 J Park 4-79 L Shelton 2-50) bt Mosman 258 (L Hearne 95 M Calder 67 A Adlam 29 J Turner 22no L Marshall 3-47 T Garg 2-37 B Taylor 2-56 N McAndrew 2-73) at Bankstown Oval,
Eastern Suburbs 250 (P Lazarus 65 T Armstrong 32 G Furrer 29 H Conway 28no J Edwards 3-16 C Green 3-38) bt Manly-Warringah 91 (J Foster 48no N Rowe 7-46) and 3-137 (C Merchant 69no C Green 33no) at Waverley Oval,
Campbelltown-Camden 7-250 (J Simmons 60no P Wells 57 B Patterson 36no N Glynn 34 J Burke 21 S O'Brien 3-45 T Crawford 2-79) bt Gordon 246 (T Crawford 54 L Barnsley 36 S Colley 30 A Cahlin 24 N Doyle 21no H Evans 20 S Skelly 4-64 L Courtney 3-46 L Webb 2-50) at Chatswood Oval,
Parramatta 9(dec)-405 (B Cherry 127 T Ward 117 S Copperfield 65 B Abbott 33 L O'Farrell 23 A Kherkhah 6-102) bt Hawkesbury 274 (S Baldwin 92 B Qureshi 45 D Mckay 34 R Mizzi 32 N Radhakrishnan 25 B Aitchison 4-78 A Turrell 2-7 L Dempsey 2-26 L Lofts 2-101) at Owen Earle Oval,
Northern District 320 (T Felton 66 D Lowery 62 B Davis 36 W Buttleman 32 N Badings 30 M Phillips 26 T Gray 22 J Anderson 21 H Verma 4-50 T Draca 2-49 H Sandhu 2-80) bt Blacktown Mounties 222 (J Gauci 62 D Kant 35 A Singh 2-36) at Mark Taylor Oval,
Randwick Petersham 7(dec)-430 (J Sangha 138 D Bell-Drummond 93 R Ayre 73no D Sams 46 A Semple 25no S Eaton 21 T Weir 2-86) bt Penrith 385 (R Gibson 141 C Weir 114 B Williams 30 R Smith 24 L Hodges 23 R Hackney 23 A Semple 4-52 J Sangha 2-59 D Singh 2-69) at Howell Oval,
Fairfield-Liverpool 5-328 (A Nair 134no L Ohrynowsky 64 Y Sharma 58 M Critchley 30 N Stapleton 2-53) bt St George 325 (M Hopkins 106 P Francis 57 N Stapleton 37 L Bartier 35 T Haines 31 J Rose 30 T Engelbrecht 21 P Uppal 2-66 A Nair 2-71) at Hurstville Oval,
Sutherland 4-307 (S Watson 141 J Arnold 61 J Leaning 33no T Doyle 26 B Dwarshuis 24no T Scoble 2-49) bt UNSW 9(dec)-306 (T Rahman 67 H McLean 50no S Thanabalasingam 36 M Burgess 34 B McLean 24 D Fallins 5-106 J Wilson 3-60) at Glenn McGrath Oval,