NSW Blues batsman Nicholas Bertus scored an unbeaten century for Parramatta against Mosman during the first day of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket round eight on Saturday.
Bertus hit 166 not out from 232 balls, including 13 fours and a six, to help set up Parramatta’s mammoth total of 2/409 (dec) from 82 overs. It was his second century of the season.
The 26-year-old Blues batsman shared a huge second-wicket partnership of 292 with opener Tim Ward, who scored 150 from 224 balls, hitting 17 boundaries. It was his third century of the season. The partnership was the third-highest second-wicket partnership for Parramatta and the 11th highest of all clubs for that wicket.
Mosman finished the day’s play on 0/31 from 12 overs.
Bertus has represented the Blues in four First-Class matches, and five One-Day games. He last played for the Blues during their Sheffield Shield draw against Victoria at the MCG a fortnight ago.
Western Suburbs batsman Josh Clarke followed his 96 last round with 176 from 269 balls, smashing 21 fours and a six. It was Clarke’s 16th First-Grade century and took him past 6000 First-Grade runs to 6063 at the average of 36.74.
Clarke added 252 for the second-wicket with opener Nick Cutler, who hit 111 from 195 balls, including 4 boundaries, for his third First-Grade hundred. The partnership was a record second-wicket stand for Western suburbs, surpassing the previous highest of 226 set by Bob Simpson and Graham Windley in 1967/68.
Wests declared on 6/351 from 90 overs. Play ended with Sutherland on 0/8 from four overs.
English import Daniel Bell-Drummond scored his second century this season for Randwick-Petersham against Eastern Suburbs at Coogee Oval. In nine innings this season, including four in T20 matches, Bell-Drummond has scored 659 run at a superb 73.22 average.
Randwick-Petersham finished the day on 6/292 from 96 overs.
Liam Robertson scored his second hundred of the season for Sydney University against Northern District, with 130 from 197 balls, hitting 16 fours. Robertson is the leading run-scorer of Premier Cricket 2019/20 so far with 761 runs at 58.53.
Teammate Tim Cummins top-scored with 156 from 199 balls, including 19 fours and two sixes, for his second First-Grade century. Robertson and Cummins added 283 for the fourth-wicket, the second-highest stand for Sydney University for that wicket.
The students declared on 9/400 after 91 overs. Northern District were in massive trouble at stumps, being left at 2/3 thanks to two wickets from University fast-bowler Joe Kershaw.
Sydney fast-bowler Nick Bills took 5/58 from 22 overs to knock Campbelltown-Camden over for 204. It was the 21st five-wicket haul of Bills’ First-Grade career.
Sydney are 1/25 at stumps in reply from 11.5 overs.
UTS North Sydney stand-in captain Tom Jagot scored 156 from 208 balls against Fairfield-Liverpool, hitting 15 boundaries. Jagot’s sixth First-Grade ton took him past 3000 career runs to 3091 at the average of a tick over 38.
Fairfield-Liverpool’s Matt Critchley took 5-71 from 24 overs to help bowl Norths out for 325, his first five-wicket haul in First-Grade. Blues contracted fast-bowler Chad Sammut took 2-58 from 13 overs.
St George opening-batsman Matt Hopkins recorded his second hundred of the season and the seventh of his career, making 106 of his team’s total of 309 all out against Gordon. Hopkins shared a third-wicket stand of 137 with captain Nicolas Stapleton who scored 69.
Spinner Scott O’Brien took 4-94 from 27 overs for Gordon.
Hawkesbury’s Scott Baldwin was run out for 99 from 128 balls, hitting five boundaries and clearing the rope four times. Baldwin is only the 11th person to suffer the fate of being run-out one short of a century in 126 seasons of NSW First-Grade Cricket.
Baldwin shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 162 with his captain and former Australian ODI batsman Peter Forrest, who scored 77, to get Hawkesbury to 6/363 from 96 overs. 19-year-old Opener Nikethan Radhakrishnan scored 95.
Penrith fast-bowler Ryan Smith took 5-30 from 12.1 overs to knock over Blacktown Mounties for only 83. It was Smith’s 16th career five-wicket haul.
Penrith are on 2/111 from 21 overs at stumps, well clear of Blacktown’s score.
Vivek Kaashyap took his maiden career five-wicket haul for UNSW with 5/108 from 28 overs, to leave Bankstown at 9/352 from 89 overs. Nick Carruthers scored 88 from 120 balls for Bankstown, hitting 11 fours and two sixes.
UNSW ended the day on 1/4 from 4.5 overs in reply.
McDonald's NSW Premier Cricket - Round 8:
Campbelltown-Camden 204 (J Isakka 78 N Glynn 32 H Swindells 31 L Webb 21 N Bills 5-58 R Felsch 2-45 A Glendenning 2-57) v Sydney 1-25 at Raby Oval 1,
UTS North Sydney 325 (T Jagot 156 T Reynolds 41 O Knight 38 M Critchley 5-71 R Allington 2-35 C Sammut 2-58) v Fairfield-Liverpool ar Rosedale Oval, Hawkesbury 6-363 (S Baldwin 99 N Radhakrishnan 95 P Forrest 77 D Mckay 38) v Manly-Warringah at Owen Earle Oval,
Sydney University 9(dec)-400 (T Cummins 156 L Robertson 130 D Miller 30 N Walker 22 J Kershaw 21no J Heinrich 4-88 D Ball 4-93) v Northern District 2-3 (J Kershaw 2-3) at Mark Taylor Oval,
Parramatta 2(dec)-409 (N Bertus 166no T Ward 150 L Dempsey 62no) v Mosman 0-31 at Old Kings Oval,
Blacktown Mounties 83 (E Singh 29 R Smith 5-30 R Fletcher 3-36) and 3-85 (J Sammut 31no J Gauci 20 M Collins 2-23) v Penrith 2(dec)-111 (T Liddiard 55no R Gibson 45) at Howell Oval,
Randwick Petersham 6-292 (D Bell-Drummond 103 M Everett 44no R Ayre 42 D Hunter 27 A Semple 27no W Affleck 26 J Remond 3-49 N Rowe 3-79) v Eastern Suburbs at Coogee Oval,
St George 309 (M Hopkins 106 N Stapleton 69 P Francis 33no J Graham 21 B Macdonald 21 S O'Brien 4-94 C Stobo 3-60) v Gordon at Hurstville Oval,
Western Suburbs 6(dec)-351 (J Clarke 176 N Cutler 111 J Psarakis 21 T Pinson 2-84) v Sutherland 0-8 at Glenn McGrath Oval,
Bankstown 9-352 (N Carruthers 88 J Lysaught 48 T Garg 42no B Le Bas 35 B Taylor 35 M Stoneman 30 M Bursa 20no V Kashyap 5-108 S Thanabalasingam 3-86) v UNSW 1-4 at David Phillips South.