UTS North Sydney allrounder Rob Aitken has become only the second player to take 600 wickets and score 11,000 runs in NSW Premier Cricket playing in his record equalling 472nd First Grade match over the weekend.
The finger spinner claimed 2-2 on Saturday, the first day of a 72-run first innings win over St George, taking Aitken to 600 scalps.
He joined former NSW Blues and Fairfield-Liverpool allrounder Grant Lambert as the only other First Grade player to achieve the double of 600 wickets and 11,000 runs.
During the Australia Day round of two-day fixtures, Aitken also equalled Ken Hall for the most matches played in Sydney First Grade.
Norths were in control from the outset against the Saints at North Sydney Oval. The home side dismissed St George for 120 on Saturday with seamer James Campbell taking 4-25.
In reply, Norths made 5/192 before declaring. Sydney Sixers batsman and North Sydney captain Justin Avendano top-scored with 89 from 115 balls. St George finished the match 5/199.
Blues seamer Trent Copeland returned 3-36 from 15 overs opening the St George attack.
A hat-trick was also claimed during round 11 by Pakistani paceman Mohammed Irfan Jr in his 10-wicket match haul for Western Suburbs against Manly-Warringah.
He captured the hat-trick across two overs taking the first wicket with the last ball of his fifth over in the first innings. Irfan Jr finished with 7-44 and claimed 3-39 in the second innings at Manly Oval.
Manly was bowled out for 134 in reply to 4/397 declared, and after being asked to follow-on, finished 5/133. Centurions Western Suburbs captain Josh Clarke (179 not out) and opener Nick Cutler (129) shared a pivotal 241-run stand for the second wicket.
Between the pair, both batsmen reached the boundary 47 times, but oddly enough did not clear it once. Blues and Sixers batsman Jack Edwards (44) top-scored for Manly in the second innings.
Clarke has scored 560 runs at an average of 140 in his last five innings. He is second leading run-scorer this season behind Blues batsman Ryan Gibson.
Gibson has 895 runs to his name at 55.94 and Clarke trails him by 59.
Sydney Sixers off-spinner Ben Manenti was another to mark a significant milestone in his young career over the weekend. The 22-year-old Sydney Tigers captain claimed 5-84 from 25 overs taking him past 200 First Grade wickets to 203 at just under 30.
His side defeated defending premiers Penrith by 145 runs on the first innings to consolidate third position on the ladder. The Panthers were dismissed for 185 in reply to 330.
English County batsman Stephen Eskinazi scored 104 in his first innings for the Tigers this season.
Interestingly, Gibson picked up 3-62 with the ball for Penrith, but could not convert with the bat.
Powerful Parramatta batsman Ben Abbott, the brother of Sean, scored his third century for the season, and his career, against Gordon.
The opener cleared the boundary 10 times during his 164 from 169 balls, a new record for the most sixes at Chatswood Oval.
Parramatta opening bowler Ben Aitchison also claimed his first five-wicket haul in Premier Cricket during the 100-run first innings win. He returned 5-38.
Parramatta declared at 7/322 in reply to 222. Gordon was 2/42 in their second innings.
Blues leg-spinner Daniel Fallins capped off a strong all-round performance for Sutherland, despite its first innings loss to Northern District, with his second five-wicket haul of the season.
Fallins claimed 5/115 from 28 overs to follow his 65 not out with the bat in the narrow two wicket first innings loss at Mark Taylor Oval. Former Australian allrounder Shane Watson made 43.
Despite an impressive 91 from Jarryd Biviano in the Sutherland total of 9/342 declared, Northern District kept their finals hopes alive chasing that down just before stumps. The victors now sit seven points outside the six.
Randwick Petersham extended their lead at the top of the table with a dominant outright victory over Campbelltown-Camden at Coogee Oval.
The Ghosts were bowled out for 158 and 120 with Randwick-Petersham making 301. Former Australian Under 19 fast bowler Jason Ralston finished the job with 5-14 from 6.1 overs in the second innings after he went wicketless in the first.
It was his second five-wicket haul in the top grade.
Despite the loss, Campbelltown-Camden seamer Luke Courtney (5-101) took his second five-wicket haul in First Grade and wicketkeeper Brent Hardy snared five catches behind the stumps.
Riley Ayre (64) top-scored for Randwick Petersham and was one of two men to pass fifty for Randy Petes, along with keeper-batsman Anthony Sams (52), brother of Sydney Thunder left-arm quick Daniel Sams.
Despite a convincing first innings loss to Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval, Mosman did have something to smile about when middle-order batsman Matthew Calder brought up his maiden First Grade century, two months short of his 20th birthday.
He made 104 of the 205 posted by Mosman in the first innings. In reply, Easts made 3/209 declared with opener Peter Lazarus (74) top-scoring. The Whales were 0/46 when stumps were called on Sunday.
The win moved Easts into the all-important top-six.
Sydney University kept second spot on the table courtesy of a one-wicket first innings win over Blacktown Mounties at University Oval.
Seamer Salman Irshad nearly clinched victory for Blacktown with impressive figures of 5-72, his maiden five-wicket haul in First Grade. The students finishing 9/177 in response to 174.
Blacktown captain Jordan Gauci (28) passed 3,000 First Grade runs to move to 3,002 at an average of 35.31.
Bankstown batsman Nick Carruthers moved his season tally past 700 runs with an outstanding 150 from 182 balls during his side’s first innings win over Hawkesbury at Bankstown Oval.
Carruthers shared a 223-run third wicket stand with teenager Zeeshaan Ahmed (83) in a massive first innings total of 5/427 declared.
In response, the Hawks were bowled out for 177, and asked to follow-on, were 5/103 at stumps on Sunday.
Carruthers now has 747 runs to his name at 41.5. Bankstown is equal fourth with Norths and Easts.
In other matches, UNSW drew with Fairfield-Liverpool at David Phillips South.
McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket – First Grade:
Bankstown 5(dec)-427 (N Carruthers 150 Z Ahmed 83 M Stoneman 47 B Taylor 45no J Lysaught 39no D Solway 28 D Nicotra 20 A Kherkhah 3-117) bt Hawkesbury 177 (S Baldwin 71 B Qureshi 39 T Garg 3-43 B Taylor 3-49 M Bursa 3-52) and 5-103 (S Baldwin 50no M Bursa 2-19) at Bankstown Oval,
Eastern Suburbs 3(dec)-209 (P Lazarus 74 J Smith 46no A Robson 45 S Robson 33no) bt Mosman 205 (M Calder 104 E Eales 42 N Rowe 3-60 R Lilburne 2-21 J Preddey 2-36 H Thornton 2-55) and 0-46 (N Hinton 27no) at Waverley Oval,
Parramatta 7(dec)-322 (B Abbott 164 T Ward 40 T Crittenden 33 L Dempsey 28 C Stobo 3-85) bt Gordon 222 (A Cahlin 76 R Tullia 45 T Crawford 34 B Aitchison 5-38 H Goulstone 2-72) and 2-42 (S Colley 21) at Chatswood Oval,
Western Suburbs 4(dec)-397 (J Clarke 179no N Cutler 129 J Psarakis 50 I Taylor 23no) bt Manly-Warringah 134 (L Weston 52 S Gainsford 32 J Foster 21 M Irfan 7-44 A Isherwood 2-52) and 5-133 (J Edwards 44 C Merchant 39no S Gainsford 33no M Irfan 3-39) at Manly Oval,
Northern District 8-343 (B Davis 87 S Rodgie 70 C Miller 52 R Pawson 29 N Maskell 25 D Fallins 5-115) bt Sutherland 9(dec)-342 (J Biviano 91 D Fallins 65no J Leaning 54 S Watson 43 C Williams 24 J Heinrich 3-51 T Felton 3-96 S Rodgie 2-70) at Mark Taylor Oval,
Sydney 330 (S Eskinazi 104 N Gubbins 68 B McClintock 67 B Manenti 29 H Manenti 20no R Smith 3-40 R Gibson 3-62 H Railz 2-74) bt Penrith 185 (J Browne 51 M Collins 38 B Williams 23 C Weir 20 B Manenti 5-84 N Sowter 3-37 N Bills 2-28) at Howell Oval,
Randwick Petersham 301 (R Ayre 64 A Sams 52 W Affleck 42 J Sangha 41 A Semple 35 S Eaton 28 L Courtney 5-101 B Patterson 2-42) bt Campbelltown-Camden 158 (J Isakka 65 B Hardy 24no D Singh 3-27 R Ayre 3-48 A Semple 2-53) and 120 (P Wells 44 J Ralston 5-14 R Ninan 3-28) outright at Coogee Oval,
Sydney University 9-177 (R McElduff 26 C Dummer 24 V George 23 D Holloway 23no S Irshad 5-72 H Verma 2-30 H Sandhu 2-47) bt Blacktown Mounties 174 (T Flynn-Duncombe 38 S Raval 30 J Gauci 28 D Holloway 4-25 H Kerr 3-25 D Malone 2-65) at University Oval,
UNSW 8-241 (B McLean 52 V Hreszczuk 49 B Geddes 28 J Attenborough 23 H Kakkireni 22 J Baraba 3-30 M Critchley 3-58) drew Fairfield-Liverpool 314 (R Srivastava 88 M Critchley 60 L Ohrynowsky 51 L Hatcher 32 P Uppal 24 T Scoble 4-72 V Kashyap 3-60 D White 2-57) at David Phillips South,