NSW Blues and Sydney Thunder allrounder Arjun Nair claimed the second five-wicket haul of his First-Grade career during the first day of round 13 action in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.
The 21-year-old off-spinner took 5-73 from 33 overs for Fairfield-Liverpool against Sydney University in his first game of Premier Cricket since early December after representing the Thunder in 15 KFC Big Bash League matches.
Nair’s effort with the ball was the key performance in having Sydney University bowled out for 263 after 96.3 overs. Teammate Matt Critchley took 3-87 from 28.3 overs, while Blues contracted fast bowler Chad Sammut also claimed a scalp.
Blues leg-spinning allrounder Daniel Fallins claimed 5-128 from 39 overs for Sutherland as it bowled UTS North Sydney out for 228 inside 88 overs. This effort was Fallins’ third five-wicket haul of the season and the 11th of his career, after passing 200 Premier Cricket wickets during the Australia Day round three weeks ago.
Fast bowler Tom Pinson took 4-50 from 17.3 overs for the side from the Shire. Sutherland was 1/9 from six overs at stumps.
Teenage rising star Blake Nikitaras scored his maiden First-Grade century for St George against Hawkesbury at Hurstville Oval. The 19-year-old hit 115 from 193 balls, including 15 fours and two sixes, to help guide St George to 337 from just under 96 overs.
Nikitaras shared a second-wicket partnership of 177 with captain Nicholas Stapleton, who scored 75 from 152 balls, hitting 11 fours and a six.
Spinner Abdul Kherkhah took 5-70 for Hawkesbury.
Allrounder Elijah Eales, son of former Australian Rugby Union legend John Eales, took his first career hat-trick and the third overall this season, the first time this many have been taken in one summer since 2012/13.
Eales’ figures of 3-36 from 18 overs for Mosman are the best of his career so far, as it helped leave Western Suburbs at 9/261 from 96 overs at stumps. Dean Crawford and Luke Shelton took a couple of scalps each, while Blues contracted fast bowler Greg West claimed 1-29 from 10 overs.
Parramatta opening batsman Tim Ward recorded his fourth century of the season and the seventh of his career against Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval. Ward hit 121 from 215 balls, including 12 boundaries and a six, before Parramatta was dismissed for 264 in under 76 overs.
Ward shared an opening stand of 101 with keeper-batsman Ben Abbott, who smashed 70 from 55 balls, hitting nine boundaries and four sixes. Nineteen-year-old Rupert Lilburne took 5-67 from 16 overs for Easts, the second five-wicket haul of his career.
Easts ended the day’s play on 1/63 from 18 overs with Peter Lazarus 40 not out.
Sixers off-spinner Ben Manenti claimed 4-60 from almost 30 overs for Sydney to help bowl Manly-Warringah out for 192 inside 76 overs. Manenti took the field for the BBL|09 champions in five games.
Thunder keeper-batsman Jay Lenton top-scored for Manly-Warringah with 47 from 77 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes.
Sydney finished the day on 2/57 from 18 overs. Former South African fast bowler Morne Morkel opened the bowling with contracted Blues paceman Mickey Edwards who took 2-17 from seven overs for Manly.
Randwick-Petersham were knocked over for 239 by Bankstown at Coogee Oval. Blues and Thunder fast bowler Nathan McAndrew took 3-57 from 22 overs for Bankstown while Mitch Brown claimed best figures of 3-30 from 15 overs.
Bankstown was 0/4 from two overs at stumps.
Campbelltown-Camden were sent in to bat by Penrith at Howell Oval where they reached 9/293 from 96 overs. Jackson Isakka top scored with 73 not out from 111 balls, hitting 10 fours.
Penrith captain and fast bowler Ryan Smith took 3-37 from 20 overs.
Northern District won the toss and sent Gordon in to bat before knocking them over for 265 from 92.2 overs. Fast-bowlers Ross Pawson and Scott Rodgie took three scalps each for Northern District.
Lachlan Barnsley top-scored for Gordon with 90 from 189 balls, hitting 10 fours and a six. Northern District is 0/3 from a single over at stumps.