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O’Keefe dominating McDonald’s Men’s NSW Premier Cricket
Date of Event NSW Premier Cricket: Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:44PM
Steve O'Keefe passes Premier Cricket milestone. Photo: Ian Bird

Adam Lucius

 

Steve O'Keefe jokes he can recite his First Class bowling figures "to the fourth decimal point".

But the former Test spinner had no idea his third wicket for Manly-Warringah against Penrith last Saturday swept him to a major milestone in the McDonald's Men's Premier Cricket record books.

SOK has taken 252 wickets for Hawkesbury and Manly at 21.77 over a career spanning close to 20 years.

And judging by O'Keefe's start to the 2020/21 season, which continues on Saturday with the second day of the third round of the Belvidere Cup, there is a lot more to come.

His 5-16 against the Panthers took his season tally to 13 at the incredible average of 7.23.

That stat sits nicely along his 301 First Class wickets.

"Is that right?  I had no idea I was near a milestone like that," O'Keefe said when told of the 250 landmark.

"Hopefully there's another couple of hundred to go."

With no retirement plans on the horizon, O'Keefe could easily go past 300 wickets and beyond. 

He said: "That competitive edge I've had since I was 10…I haven't lost it. The hunger and want to win and do well is still there.

"The older you get the better you get – you've just got to manage yourself body-wise.

"And when you're older playing against younger guys, sometimes they tend to play the player and not the ball.

"I've run my own race preparing for this season. I know what I needed to get done to perform without having to tick a million boxes. I know how to manage my body to bowl 30 overs a day.

"I'm glad the performances have shown that."

Manly will lose O'Keefe to the Sydney Sixers for the BBL, but he will return in the back-end of the season to help the club's bid to break a six-year finals drought. 

The Waratahs are one of three sides to already have first innings points in the bag after day one of the third round of Premier Cricket.

The home side was defending a skinny 165 but knocked over Penrith for 73 on the back of some O'Keefe magic at Manly Oval.

The Panthers will have their work cut out denying Manly all 10 points. 

St George will also be chasing maximum points when their clash with Blacktown Mounties resumes at Hurstville Oval.

The Dragons rolled the visitors for just 121 before declaring 94-runs in front and sending Blacktown Mounties back in.

The Warriors are 1-14 in their second innings – 80 runs away from making Saints bat again.

At nearby Glenn McGrath Oval, Sutherland have first innings points locked up after taming Campbelltown-Camden on day one.

The Ghosts are 1-17 in their second innings and need a further 27 to get their noses in front.

Gordon (4-133) are just 38 runs away from eclipsing Western Suburbs' modest 170, while big run chases await Easts, UNSW, Bankstown and Northern District.

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Last updated: Friday October 23, 2020 1:54PM