NSW Blues captain and wicket-keeper batsman Peter Nevill is expected to captain top of the table Eastern Suburbs against Randwick-Petersham at Coogee Oval for his first match of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket since round six.
It will be his third Premier Cricket game this season.
The former Australian Test keeper-batsman has captained the Blues to an undefeated start in the Marsh Sheffield Shield season after six matches, winning five and drawing one. Nevill scored an unbeaten 88 for the Blues during the first innings of the win over Queensland in the Sheffield Shield earlier this week.
The veteran represented Australia in 17 Test matches from 2015-16, and has played 112 First-Class games, scoring 10 centuries and 29 half-centuries for an average of just over 38. He has also taken 344 First-Class catches and 24 stumpings behind the wicket.
This exciting local derby at Coogee Oval will feature English import Daniel Bell-Drummond for Randy Petes, who has been in scintillating form of late, scoring six straight First-Grade scores of 50 or more, including 131 in his previous outing against Blacktown Mounties last round.
Bell-Drummond has scored 556 runs in Premier Cricket this season from eight innings at an average of 69.50.
Blues contracted duo of batsman Ryan Gibson and Ryan Hackney have been named for Penrith in their clash with Blacktown Mounties at Howell Oval. Gibson is the top run-scorer in Premier Cricket this season so far with 638 runs from 13 innings at a solid 53.17 average, including two hundreds and two fifties, and an amazing strike rate over 112.
Hackney has been in tremendous form himself this season, scoring 521 runs from 14 innings at an average over 43. He also has two half-centuries and two centuries to his name.
Both batsmen have been prominent figures for NSW Metro in the Second XI Competition this season, and each scored centuries during their last match against ACT/NSW Country.
Fairfield-Liverpool take on UTS North Sydney at Rosedale Oval. Contracted Blues duo of off-spinning allrounder and captain Param Uppal, and fast-bowler Chad Sammut are available for Fairfield-Liverpool.
Uppal took the field for NSW Metro during their last start victory over ACT/NSW Country in the Second XI season, while Sammut returned from injury to claim two wickets during the draw against Penrith last round in Premier Cricket, after missing the previous three rounds.
UTS North Sydney fast-bowler Matthew Alexander is top of the wicket-taking column in Premier Cricket this season with 35 scalps from 13 matches at the incredible average of just over 16.
Blues Batsman Daniel Solway is available to captain Bankstown against UNSW at David Phillips South. The 24-year-old scored a century on Sheffield Shield debut for the Blues against South Australia at the Adelaide oval early last month and has played every Shield match since then for a total of four matches, scoring 262 runs at a healthy 65.50 average.
The rising star has recorded 328 runs in Premier cricket this season in eight innings for a solid average a tick under 47.
Blues batsman Nic Bertus has been named to lead Parramatta against Mosman at Old Kings Oval. Bertus made his Sheffield Shield debut for the Blues in March this year and has played a further three Shield games since, including the draw against Victoria a fortnight ago.
Contracted Blues fast-bowler Greg West has been named for Mosman. He took a couple of scalps last round against Northern District.
Blues contracted fast-bowler Ryan Hadley has been named for Manly-Warringah as they take on Hawkesbury at Owen Earle Oval. He played for NSW Metro during that last victory over ACT/NSW Country.
Hawksbury will once again be captained by former Australian One Day International batsman Peter Forrest.
Northern District host Sydney University at Mark Taylor Oval. Both teams have won five matches from seven however the Students are second on the ladder while the home side are sixth.
University skipper Liam Robertson is second on the Premier Cricket run-scorers table with 631 runs from 13 innings at 52.58.
Campbelltown-Camden clash with Sydney at Raby Oval 1. Sydney fast-bowler Nick Bills is the second-highest wicket-taker in Premier Cricket this season with 31 victims from 14 matches at the impressive 21.52 average.
St George play Gordon at Hurstville Oval. NSW metro batsman Blake Nikitaras has been named for the home side.