A century to NSW Blues batsman Nicholas Bertus was among the many individual highlights during round six of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday, which was also round three of the First Grade Limited Overs Cup.
Bertus scored his 13th First-Grade century with 109 from 114 balls, including six fours and two sixes, for Parramatta during their loss to Sydney University. The 26-year-old left-handed batsman couldn’t quite guide his side to the 284 runs set by the students, as Parramatta was bowled out for 248.
Bertus made his debut at state level for the Blues in the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval during March of this year, and has played three Shield games overall, including the victory over South Australia earlier this month. He has also been a regular member of the Blues Marsh Cup limited overs squad this season after debuting in September against Queensland, for a total of five matches and a highest score of 69 not out.
Liam Robertson was the star performer of the match with his fifth First-Grade century, hitting 133 from 102 balls for the students, featuring 11 boundaries and clearing the rope five times. He now has over 4000 career runs.
Recent Blues debutant, allrounder Hayden Kerr, took 2-34 with the ball to help seal victory for University, as well as William Masojada taking 3-55.
A record third-wicket partnership in Limited-Overs cricket of 265 runs was recorded between Northern District pair Scott Rodgie and Ben Davis. Rodgie hit the highest score of the round with 151 not out from 131 balls, with 12 fours and seven sixes. Davis scored an unbeaten 121 from 134 balls, including eight boundaries and a six.
The partnership was also the second-highest stand for any wicket in Premier Limited-Overs cricket and lifted Northern District to the massive total of 2/312.
The Ghosts could only manage 8/273 in reply, but not without a maiden First Grade century from Nathan Glynn at the age of 33, who scored 113 not out from 100 balls, with 14 boundaries and a six.
In-form Blues contracted batsman Ryan Hackney hit 101 from 128 balls for Penrith, including 10 boundaries and a six, to help set up a 21-run victory over St George. It was the young-gun’s fifth First Grade century and second for the season.
Hackney, 20, has been a regular member of the NSW Metro team in the state second XI competition this season and scored 116 during the win over ACT/NSW Country last week. This effort was his second century for NSW Metro after his maiden Second XI ton was scored against South Australia late last month.
Penrith was bowled out for 256, with contracted Blue Ryan Gibson passing 500 runs for the season with his 44 from 46 balls. St George was then knocked over for 235, with Penrith fast-bowler Ryan Smith taking a superb 5-39 from 10 overs, his 15th five-wicket haul in First Grade.
The match of the round was between Randwick-Petersham and Sydney at Coogee Oval. Sydney successfully chased down the big 7/323 set by Randwick Petersham and won by a single wicket in an absolute thriller.
Blues rising star and Randwick-Petersham captain Jason Sangha smashed 65 from 44 balls, hitting four boundaries and four rope clearances. English import and Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond recorded his fourth consecutive half-century in First-Grade, scoring 52 from 61 balls. Bell-Drummond also took 4-54 with the ball from 10 overs.
The star of the match was Sydney batsman Nicholas Gubbins who smashed 94 from 83 balls, hitting eight fours and a six. Sydney won the match off the second-last ball of the game while nine-wickets down. Randwick-Petersham’s 7/323 was the highest First-Grade losing score by a team bating first and the second-highest losing score in total.
Former Australian Test and current Blues spin-bowler Stephen O’Keefe took 3-27 from 10 overs for Manly-Warringah during their victory over Bankstown. O’Keefe’s effort along with Michael Visser’s 3-38 and Blues allrounder Jack Edwards’ 1-33 helped limit Bankstown’s score to 9/175.
Manly were able to pass this total with 10 balls to spare, winning by four wickets.
Fairfield-Liverpool chased down Sutherland’s 8/276 to record a three-wicket victory. Luke Ohrynowsky starred for Fairfield-Liverpool with 136 from 130 balls, including 10 fours and three sixes.
Blues off-spinning allrounder Arjun Nair took 3-79 for Fairfield-Liverpool, along with fellow Blues fast bowler Liam Hatcher taking 2-53, helping restrict Sutherland to under 280. Contracted Blues allrounder Ben Dwarshuis’ 2-45 for Sutherland wasn’t enough to prevent his side from suffering defeat off the penultimate ball of the match.
Blacktown Mounties batsman Jonathon Sammut scored 134 not out from 135 balls during his team’s rain affected victory over Mosman. His fifth First-Grade ton featured 11 fours and two sixes, guiding Blacktown to 8/300. Contracted Blues fast-bowler Greg West took 4-61 for Mosman.
Mosman struggled to 6/98 from 19.2 overs before the wet weather arrived and the match was abandoned, with Blacktown Mounties winning by the Duckworth-Lewis method.
UTS North Sydney chased down Western Suburbs’ 9/236, thanks to Justin Avendano’s run-a-ball 126 not out, including 11 boundaries and five sixes. Norths winning by five-wickets with skipper Avendano going past 4000 First-Grade runs.
Eastern Suburbs bowled UNSW out for 158 before reaching the target with four wickets down and more than 22 overs remaining. George Furrer took 4-27 for the Dolphins.
Gordon defeated Hawkesbury by eight wickets, bowling the home side out for 140 before running the total down easily in 25 overs.
NSW Premier Cricket - First Grade:
Round 6 - First Grade Limited-Overs:
Manly-Warringah 6-178 (L Weston 61 A Beadle 32 J Foster 23no R Farrell 20 B Le Bas 2-31) bt Bankstown 9-175 (B Taylor 54 N McAndrew 28 B Le Bas 20 S O'Keefe 3-27 M Visser 3-38) at Bankstown Oval,
Blacktown Mounties 8-300 (J Sammut 136no W Tareen 38 E Singh 27no J Gauci 23 D Kant 21 G West 4-61 L Shelton 2-47) bt Mosman 6-98 (L Shelton 36 N Hinton 21 H Sandhu 3-25 T Atlee 3-25) on Duckworth-Lewis with 1 bonus point at Joe McAleer Reserve,
- Unbeaten ninth-wicket partnership of 76 from Sammut and Singh
- No maiden overs for Mosman’s bowlers during the 50 overs
Eastern Suburbs 4-159 (P Lazarus 49 A Ezekiel 48no J Smith 37 T Scoble 2-17) bt UNSW 158 (J Fernandopulle 37 T Scoble 34 J Attenborough 26 S Thanabalasingam 22 G Furrer 4-27 N Rowe 2-33 H Thornton 2-40) with 1 bonus point at Waverley Oval,
Gordon 2-143 (A Cahlin 67 L Barnsley 47) bt Hawkesbury 140 (N Radhakrishnan 87 C Stobo 3-31 R Meppem 2-19 N Doyle 2-21 S O'Brien 2-32) with 1 bonus point at Owen Earle Oval,
- Cahlin and Barnsley opening stand of 123
Northern District 2-312 (S Rodgie 151no B Davis 121no) bt Campbelltown-Camden 8-273 (N Glynn 113no J Isakka 59 H Swindells 28 J Simmons 20 J Heinrich 4-61 R Pawson 2-17) at Mark Taylor Oval,
- Glynn and Isakka put on 136 for the sixth-wicket
Sydney 9-324 (N Gubbins 94 R Felsch 64 B McClintock 50 M Rodgers 39 J Mosca 32 D Bell-Drummond 4-54 D Singh 3-67) bt Randwick Petersham 7-323 (W Affleck 65 J Sangha 65 D Bell-Drummond 52 A Sams 45no D Sams 33 A Glendenning 2-59) at Coogee Oval,
- Affleck and Bell-Drummond shared 85 runs for the second-wicket
- Gubbins and McClintock put on a fourth-wicket partnership of 99
Penrith 256 (R Hackney 101 R Gibson 44 C Weir 35 N Stapleton 3-37 P Francis 3-47 T Engelbrecht 3-54) bt St George 235 (N Stapleton 72 A Whatley 47no T Engelbrecht 40 B Nikitaras 21 J Rose 21 R Smith 5-39 H Railz 2-39 L Hodges 2-48) at Hurstville Oval,
- Hackney and Gibson opening stand of 70
- Penrith wicket-keeper Tyran Liddiard took four catches
Fairfield-Liverpool 7-277 (L Ohrynowsky 136no P Uppal 46 M Critchley 32 A Nair 24 B Dwarshuis 2-45 T Pinson 2-73) bt Sutherland 8-276 (J Leaning 92 J Biviano 86 C Williams 39 A Nair 3-79 M Critchley 2-45 L Hatcher 2-53) at Glenn McGrath Oval,
- Leaning and Biviano with a fourth-wicket stand of 157
- Third wicket partnership of 99 between Uppal and Ohrynowsky
Sydney University 8-284 (L Robertson 133 D Mortimer 46 N Larkin 39 R McElduff 22 J Workman 2-37 L Dempsey 2-48) bt Parramatta 248 (N Bertus 109 L Dempsey 31 A Turrell 28 J Workman 27no W Masojada 3-55 H Kerr 2-34 B Joy 2-47) at University Oval,
- 76-run stand between Robertson and McElduff for the fourth-wicket
- Sydney University wicket-keeper Tim Cummins with four catches
UTS North Sydney 5-240 (J Avendano 129no B Bryant 42 G Lavelle 42no A Isherwood 3-49 I Thomas 2-43) bt Western Suburbs 9-236 (J Psarakis 61 J Clarke 54 N Cutler 38 W Graham 3-43 R Aitken 3-55) at North Sydney Oval.
- Bryant and Avendano second-wicket stand of 111