Rain mars Men’s and Women’s McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket
Date of Event NSW Premier Cricket: Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:17PM

Adam Lucius

Three McDonald's Men's Premier Cricket teams kick-started their seasons with breakthrough wins while the Women's Premier competition fell victim to the weather in a rain-affected weekend across Sydney.

On Sunday three of the four women's T20 matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled, while Universities were 5-57 in the 16th over of their clash with Bankstown when the heavens opened.

All games were officially declared draws.

On Saturday Six of the 10 men's games ended in draws as downpours put a dampener on day two run chases.

Sutherland, St George and Manly-Warringah all secured first innings wins on day one, while Gordon scored the 38 runs needed to defeat Wests before the rain arrived on Saturday afternoon.

There was relief for Sutherland, St George and Gordon after they all moved off the "duck egg" to record their first competition points of the season.

Sutherland overhauled Campbelltown-Camden's modest 124 late on day one at about the same time the Dragons were coasting past Blacktown Mounties' 121 at Hurstville Oval.

Gordon started day two at 4-133 needing 38 runs to grab first innings points against Western Suburbs (170) at Pratten Park.

They accomplished that mission in relative comfort, eventually reaching 5-227 before rain hit.

The big wet robbed Bankstown the chance of pulling off a memorable victory on a historical day in the club's history.

Cricket NSW historian Colin Clowes dug deep into his archives to reveal Mark and Steve Waugh both scored fourth grade centuries in the corresponding round 40 years ago.

In front of a handful of spectators at Graham Reserve, Mark scored 123 and Steve 124 not out against a Manly side fielding a 16-year-old Phil Blake, who top scored for his team with a fighting 31.

Blake would give away the cricketing whites for the maroon and white of the Manly Sea Eagles 18 months later, lighting up grounds around the rugby league world for the next 16 years.   

The Waughs' performance that day didn’t even make the results sections of the Sunday papers, but did draw prophetic words from Bankstown's veteran lower grade captain Ken Scully.

“Mark continued to show his enormous potential as a cricketer. He is naturally gifted in all aspects of the game and is assured of higher honours,” Scully wrote.

"Like his brother, Stephen is an enormously talented young cricketer. His attitude to the game is exceptional and no doubt, with continued performance, success will follow”.

Within four years of scoring centuries on the same day, both Steve and Mark were in the NSW side and on their way to international stardom.

The modern-day Bulldogs were 1-58 chasing Randwick-Petersham's 311 when rain closed in at Bankstown Oval just after lunch.

Manly lead the competition on 19 points after three rounds, five clear of second-placed Bankstown.

It's the first time the Waratahs have headed the table since winning the premiership in 2014-15.

Despite fielding a star-studded side in recent years, the northern beaches club has not made the top six since winning the Belvidere Cup five years ago.

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For men's scores  click here

Last updated: Monday October 26, 2020 5:19PM