Five contracted NSW Blues players are set to headline an exciting clash between Fairfield-Liverpool and Penrith as round seven of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket begins on Saturday.
The match will be hosted by Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval, with the two-day format returning after a fortnight of one-day fixtures.
Penrith will feature in-form batting duo Ryan Gibson and Ryan Hackney. Gibson is the second-highest run-scorer in Premier Cricket this season, with 593 runs at the average of just under 66. Hackney is at number six on the run-scorers list with 449 at the average of a tick under 50.
Both young batsmen hit centuries for NSW Metro during the victory over ACT/NSW Country last week. Hackney hit 116 in the first innings while Gibson smashed 100 from 95 balls during the successful run-chase. Hackney also scored 101 from 128 balls during the win over St George last Saturday.
Hackney and Gibson also dominated during the T20 victory over Hawkesbury on Sunday, smashing 73 from 41 balls and 69 from 38 balls respectively.
The home side will consist of captain and off-spinning allrounder Param Uppal, fellow finger-spinning allrounder Arjun Nair, and fast-bowler Chad Sammut, who returns to the side after missing the previous three rounds with a hamstring injury.
Nair played for the Blues during the Marsh Cup fixture against Victoria at the MCG nearly a fortnight ago. Uppal took the field for NSW Metro for their clash against ACT/NSW Country in the second XI competition just over a week ago.
Randwick-Petersham captain Jason Sangha is expected to take the field for their match against Blacktown Mounties at Joe McAleer Reserve. Sangha made his State limited overs debut in the Marsh Cup fixture against Victoria at the MCG under two weeks ago and played against Tasmania in the following match.
The rising star and former Australian Under-19 Captain hit a quick-fire 65 from 44 balls during the nail-biting loss to Sydney last Saturday.
Blues allrounder Daniel Sams is also available for Randwick-Petersham this Saturday. Sams played alongside Sangha in both March Cup fixtures for the Blues mentioned above and took 5-46 against Victoria.
Manly-Warringah take on Campbelltown-Camden at Manly Oval. Blues allrounder Jack Edwards and Blues contracted fast-bowler Ryan Hadley are available for the home side.
Edwards took part in both the Blues recent Marsh Cup fixtures against Victoria and Tasmania.
Recent Blues debutant Hayden Kerr has been named for Sydney University as they take on UNSW at David Phillips South. Kerr made his state level debut during the Blues final Marsh Cup match against Tasmania over a week ago, opening the batting.
Allrounder Kerr is the third-highest run scorer in Premier Cricket this season with 531 runs at an impressive 66.38 average. He also leads the run-scorers in the T20 tournament.
Blues contracted fast-bowler Greg West has been named for Mosman for the fixture against Northern District at Allan Border Oval. The left-arm paceman is coming off a haul of 4-61 during the last outing against Blacktown Mounties last Saturday.
Sydney take on Sutherland at Drummoyne Oval. Blues contracted pairing of leg-spinner Daniel Fallins and allrounder Ben Dwarshuis are available for Sutherland.
Sydney fast-bowler Nic Bills is the second-highest wicket-taker in Premier Cricket this season, with 26 scalps at a very healthy average of just over 22. Keeper-batsman Beau McClintock has also been named for Sydney, and recently scored a century for ACT/NSW Country against NSW Metro.
Parramatta play UTS North Sydney at Old Kings Oval. Norths captain Justin Avendano scored 97 for NSW Metro during the victory against ACT/NSW Country last week. Norths fast-bowler Matthew Alexander is currently the highest wicket-taker in Premier Cricket, taking 29 wickets at the superb average of 17.21.
Western Suburbs host the bottom-placed Hawkesbury at Pratten Park. Former Australian One-Day International batsman Peter Forrest captains Hawkesbury and will be looking to lead them to a desperately needed victory having only the solitary win so far. The home side have only won two games this season.
Undefeated Eastern Suburbs are up against St George at Waverley Oval. The top of the table Dolphins have won all six matches to start the season, while the Saints will be looking for a much-needed victory having won three matches so far.