NSW Blues batsmen Ryan Gibson and Ryan Hackney shared a record opening partnership of 268 runs for Penrith in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Limited-Overs Cup competition on Saturday against UTS North Sydney during round nine, which was and round four of the Limited-Overs Cup.
Gibson posted the highest individual score of the season, smashing 188 from 134 balls. He hit 22 boundaries and cleared the rope six times. His third century of the season toppled his previous highest score for the campaign of 186.
Hackney also scored his third century of the season, hitting an unbeaten 131 from 146 balls, including nine fours and three sixes as part of the second highest partnership ever in First Grade.
Penrith finished their innings on 2/346 from the 50 overs, with UTS North Sydney knocked over for 295 in reply. Seamer Henry Railz claimed 5-44 for Penrith from 8.5 overs, and Michael Collins 3-67 from 10 overs.
Following this 13th century in First-Grade, Gibson is now the highest run scorer of the Premier Cricket season with 894 runs from 16 knocks, including seven T20 innings, at an impressive average of 59.60.
Sydney batsman Matthew Rodgers scored his seventh First-Grade century, hitting 100 from 99 balls during the win over Fairfield-Liverpool. Rodgers shared a third-wicket partnership of 113 with teammate Nicholas Gubbins, who scored 65 from 53 balls, hitting five fours and three sixes.
Sydney posted 9/311 with former Australian One Day International fast-bowler Gurinder Sandhu taking 2-40 in this guest appearance for his former club side Fairfield-Liverpool. Gurattanbir Singh recorded best figures of 3-47 from nine overs for Fairfield-Liverpool, along with Blues contracted off-spinning allrounder Param Uppal’s 2-73 from 10 overs.
Sydney seamer Alex Glendenning took 3-20 from eight overs to help bowl Fairfield-Liverpool out for 168 from 43 overs, and record a convincing victory.
Randwick-Petersham pulled off a huge run chase of 312 to defeat Northern District by six wickets at Coogee Oval. Randy Petes opener William Affleck scored his sixth First-Grade century, making 118 from 122 balls, including seven boundaries and eight sixes.
Affleck shared a 141-run partnership for the second-wicket with Englishman Daniel Bell-Drummond, who hit 59 from 63 balls with seven boundaries. Blues and Sydney Thunder batsman Jason Sangha hit an unbeaten 98 from 81 balls, with 10 fours and two sixes, including a 105-run stand with Affleck for the third-wicket.
Randy Petes secured the big victory with nine balls to spare. Seamers Adam Semple and Daya Singh took three wickets each during the Northern District innings earlier.
Hawkesbury secured a comfortable seven-wicket win over Eastern Suburbs on the back of Nivethan Radhakrishnan’s second top-grade hundred. The teenager scored 113 from 151 balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes, to play the key role in Hawkesbury getting home with 4.4 overs to spare.
Radhakrishnan shared an opening stand of 88 with Ryan Mizzi (42) before putting on a second-wicket partnership of 125 with Dale McKay (53).
Earlier Hawkesbury bowler Austin Philip claimed 3-33 from 10 overs to bowl Easts out for 234, including the huge scalp of Blues captain Peter Nevill.
Sutherland was restricted to 6/213 by Sydney University before the students successfully reached the target for the loss of five wickets. Blues and Sixers allrounder Hayden Kerr top-scored with a quick-fire 80 from 71 balls, smashing four boundaries and clearing the rope five times.
Kerr took a wicket during Sutherland’s innings, before Blues leg-spinner Daniel Fallins claimed 2-54 from 10 overs for Sutherland.
Blues contracted fast bowler Mickey Edwards claimed 4-46 from 10 overs for Manly-Warringah but it was not enough to prevent Blacktown Mounties chasing down 273 for a thrilling win by one wicket and one ball remaining. Teammate and fellow Blues contracted fast-bowler Ryan Hadley took 2-57 from 9.5 overs.
Blacktown Mounties keeper-batsman James Newton top-scored during the successful run chase, making 75 from 81 balls, including 10 boundaries. Newton shared a fourth-wicket stand of 110 with Toby Flynn-Duncombe, who smacked 58 from 45 balls, which was the key partnership.
Benedict Geddes, 18, made his debut for UNSW during the victory over Gordon, where he opened the batting and scored 75 from 96 balls, hitting six boundaries and clearing the rope five times. Geddes came into the First-Grade side after centuries in consecutive matches in Second-Grade.
UNSW finished on 5/230 before dismissing Gordon for 203. Seamer Declan White took 4-52 from 8.5 overs for UNSW.
Muhammad Irfan Junior backed up his nine wicket First-Grade debut over two innings last round with a stunning 4-7 from 10 overs for Western Suburbs during the six-wicket victory over Bankstown. This was the key performance in bowling Bankstown out for 234, with Mitch Brown making 97.
Wests reached the target with eight balls to spare. James Psarakis top-scored with 67 not out from 76 balls.
St George was bowled out for 233 by Mosman thanks to Blues contracted left-arm fast-bowler Greg West (3-23). Mosman were then skittled for 135 inside 30 overs, with former Australian Test seamer Trent Copeland taking 2-34 from eight overs for St George, and Tom Engelbrecht, 3-36 from 5.2 overs.
Parramatta defeated Campbelltown-Camden by five-wickets after the latter were bowled out for 168, with three wickets each for Parramatta duo Ben Aitchison and Adam Turrell. Keeper-batsman Ben Abbott, brother of Blues fast-bowler Sean Abbott, top scored for Parramatta during the successful run chase with 72 from 60 balls, hitting eight fours and three sixes, and taking the victory in under 33 overs.
NSW Premier Cricket: First Grade: Round 9:
Western Suburbs 4-238 (J Psarakis 67no I Taylor 51 C Hotham 41 N Cutler 36 J Clarke 26 D Nicotra 2-36 M Brown 2-39) bt Bankstown 234 (M Brown 97no N McAndrew 69 B Taylor 40 M Irfan Jr 4-7 M Tudehope 3-46 A Isherwood 3-54) at Bankstown Oval,
Blacktown Mounties 9-274 (J Newton 75 T Flynn-Duncombe 58 J Sammut 33 W Tareen 29 J Gauci 26 M Edwards 4-46 M Visser 2-47 R Hadley 2-57) bt Manly-Warringah 9-273 (L Weston 75 R Farrell 66 S Gainsford 54 S Irshad 3-33 H Verma 3-65 T Atlee 2-36) at Joe McAleer Reserve,
Parramatta 5-169 (B Abbott 72 N Bertus 33 T Ward 21 S Pathak 3-29) bt Campbelltown-Camden 168 (P Wells 35 H Swindells 30 A Yabsley 29 B Aitchison 3-22 A Turrell 3-26 J Workman 2-31) at Raby Oval 1,
UNSW 5-230 (B Geddes 75 B McLean 65 T Byrnes 40no C Stobo 2-37) bt Gordon 203 (N Doyle 57 L Barnsley 54 M Newman 32 D White 4-52 T Scoble 2-23 J Bennett 2-23 H McLean 2-36) at Chatswood Oval,
Hawkesbury 3-238 (N Radhakrishnan 113 D Mckay 53 R Mizzi 42) bt Eastern Suburbs 234 (A Robson 77 P Lazarus 66 J Preddey 31no S Robson 27 A Philip 3-33 M Shinwari 2-56) at Owen Earle Oval,
St George 233 (L Bartier 60 A Whatley 59no T Engelbrecht 32 K Phillips 21 G West 3-23 J Park 2-46 D Crawford 2-60) bt Mosman 135 (E Eales 42 T Engelbrecht 3-36 L Bartier 2-11 P Francis 2-17 T Copeland 2-34) with 1 bonus point at Allan Border Oval,
Randwick Petersham 4-313 (W Affleck 118 J Sangha 98no D Bell-Drummond 59 C Soper 2-60) bt Northern District 7-312 (S Rodgie 83 J Anderson 64 J Whealing 57 W Buttleman 51 D Singh 3-55 A Semple 3-56) at Coogee Oval,
Sydney 9-311 (M Rodgers 100 N Gubbins 65 R Felsch 58 A Glendenning 25 G Singh 3-47 G Sandhu 2-40 M Critchley 2-40 P Uppal 2-73) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 168 (A Patil 36 R Srivastava 31 M Critchley 26 G Sandhu 24 A Glendenning 3-20 R Felsch 2-29 N Sowter 2-32 N Bills 2-45) with 1 bonus point at Drummoyne Oval,
Sydney University 5-214 (H Kerr 80 R McElduff 49 T Cummins 34 D Fallins 2-54) bt Sutherland 6-213 (J Biviano 61 C Williams 52 J Arnold 31no) at University Oval,