Former Australian Test allrounder Shane Watson hit a brutal century for Sutherland during the first day of round 12 of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.
The 38-year-old veteran smashed an unbeaten 101 from 72 balls against Hawkesbury including eight fours and eight sixes before extreme heat forced the day’s play to be abandoned with Sutherland 1/135 after 30.1 overs.
It was Watson’s fourth First-Grade century and the fourth to be made at better than a run-a-ball, in only his second game back in Premier Cricket after a stint in the Bangladesh T20 League. He shared an unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 123 runs with teammate and opening batsman James Arnold who is unbeaten on 26.
Former Australian Test fast-bowler Trent Copeland took a hat-trick for St George against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park.
The 33-year-old rattled Wests middle order, where they went from 2/39 to 5/39 before finishing the day on 5/44 in 12 overs after St George batted first and was bowled out for 231.
Copeland finished with figures of 4-21 from six overs, taking his season record to 25 wickets from 11 matches, including two T20 games, at an impressive 12.56 average.
Earlier Connor Blaxall-Hill claimed 4-36 from 15.5 overs and Muhammad Irfan Jr’s 3-88 from 22 overs for Wests. This effort from Irfan Jr followed on from his hat-trick last week, and took his record this season to 19 wickets from four matches at a superb average of 10.73.
Eastern Suburbs batsmen Angus and Sam Robson became the first brothers to score centuries in the same innings since Rob and James Aitken achieved this feat for North Sydney against Mosman in 2007-08. It was the sixth time overall this has been done in NSW Premier Cricket.
Angus hit 134 from 228 balls including 14 boundaries, while Sam scored 113 from 194 balls with six boundaries and cleared the rope twice. The pair added 219 for the third wicket, short of the record partnership by siblings of 256 set in 1923-24 by Warren and Mick Bardsley.
Sam scored his 12th First-Grade century while Angus scored his 6th, equaling the number scored by their father Jim.
UNSW batsman Benedict Geddes scored his maiden First-Grade century against UTS North Sydney in his fourth match at just 18 years of age. The opening batsman hit 141 from 241 balls, including 15 fours and three sixes, to help guide UNSW to 8/314 from 96 overs at stumps.
Norths fast-bowler James Campbell took 4-38 from 16 overs.
Bankstown batsman Mitchell Hinds at 33 years old scored his maiden First-Grade hundred in his 85th match against Penrith. Hinds recorded an unbeaten 106 from 209 balls, hitting 12 boundaries and a six.
Teammate Nick Carruthers hit 93 from 139 balls, smashing 10 fours and three sixes, and shared a third-wicket stand of 135 with Hinds. Hinds also shared a partnership of 107 with Daniel Nicotra for the fourth wicket, with Nicotra scoring 59 from 101 balls.
Carruthers’ innings took him to 840 runs for the season at a 44.21 average and he became the fifth player to pass 800 runs this season.
Bankstown finished the day on 5/309 from 88 overs.
NSW Blues young gun Jason Sangha scored 93 from 203 balls for Randwick-Petersham against Parramatta for his second 90 in his last three innings and took him to 860 runs for the season at a healthy average of 66.15.
Sangha is now second on the Premier Cricket run-scoring table this season behind Penrith batsman Ryan Gibson who has 895 runs at 55.93. He shared an 101-run partnership with keeper-batter Anthony Sams (47) for the fifth-wicket.
Randwick-Petersham finished the day on 6/268 from 96 overs.
Gordon was bowled out for 249 after 93.1 overs by Mosman. Fast-bowler Dean Crawford did most of the damage for Mosman with a haul of 3-48 from 20 overs.
Gordon had a shocking start to their innings, losing 3-0 and then 4-9 before captain Tym Crawford (59) and Axel Cahlin (56) put on a fifth-wicket partnership of 112 to help rescue the innings. Nathan Doyle top-scored at number seven with 60 from 143 balls.
Fairfield-Liverpool were on 4/95 from 44 overs against Manly-Warringah before play was suspended due to extreme heat. Blues contracted fast-bowler Ryan Hadley took 2-5 from seven overs, while Blues allrounder Jack Edwards claimed 2/21 from 10 overs.
Sydney University dismissed Campbelltown-Camden for 165 from 73 overs with fast-bowler Dugald Holloway claiming 3-34 from 14 overs, and Blues and Sixers fast-bowling allrounder Hayden Kerr taking 2-29 from 15 overs.
The students closed the day on 2/40 from 16 overs.
Blacktown Mounties were left in trouble at 5/98 from 29.4 overs against Sydney before play was suspended due to extreme heat.
Sydney wicket-keeper Beau McClintock took four catches.