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Remarkable double century in McDonald’s Men’s NSW Premier Cricket
Date of Event NSW Premier Cricket: Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:32PM
St George's Andrew Walsh acknowledges his double century on Saturday. Photo: Hamish Solomons

Adam Lucius

An improbable victory off the back of an even more improbable double century and an emotional breakthrough ton headlined an incredible finish to round six of McDonald's Men's NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.

An early finish looked on the cards when St George slumped to 4-11 and then 6-52 chasing North Sydney's imposing 9 (dec)-355 at Hurstville Oval.

Then a tornado named Andrew Walsh hit.

The Saints No.8 had never scored a century in First Grade - his highest score in 111 top grade games  just 53 – before unleashing hell for the next five hours.

Walsh smashed an incredible 208 from 209 balls to drag his team back into the contest and set-up a last-ball, last-wicket win.

No.11 Tom McKenzie hit the last ball of the game for four to bring up a remarkable victory.

Walsh smacked 150 in boundaries alone – 15 sixes and 15 fours – in a frenzied attack which either broke or threatened a number of long-standing records.

His tally of 15 sixes has only been bettered by three men in the history of Sydney First Grade cricket – Victor Trumper (22), Tibby Cotter (16) and Shane Watson (16).

The Dragons' long-serving patron Warren Saunders has seen some of the game's greats over his 73-year association with the club, but rates Walsh's knock the finest he's witnessed.

There were also valuable contributions from Tom Engelbrecht (64), Joe Graham (44) and tailenders McKenzie and Tom Ortiz.  

Earlier in the day, Penrith's Tyran Liddiard pulled off a similar rescue mission when all looked lost.

Coming to the crease with his team 4-66 in reply to Hawkesbury's 262, the young keeper-batsman went about repairing the damage.

Liddiard made his way to 80 but the continual loss of wickets appeared to be ending his dream of an unlikely victory and maiden Premier Cricket century.

But in No.11 Ryan Smith, he found an unlikely ally.

Coming together at 9-185, the pair put on 80 for the last wicket to steal an against-the-odds victory.

Liddiard brought up his century along the way, leaping into Smith's arms after ending a run of four scores in the 90s.

He finished 125 not out with Smith undefeated on 29.

"I put our position in the game ahead of my individual goals and I think that helped get me through," Liddiard explained.

"I wasn't really nervous in the 90s because I was thinking about what we had to do to win the game.

"It was great 'Bomber' (Smith) was able to hang around. Our season was probably over if we didn’t win.

"And it was Indigenous Round as well, so it was a great time to score my first century." 

Josh Clarke scored his second century of the season – and the 19th of his career - to help Western Suburbs to victory over Sutherland.

Eastern Suburbs' Angus Robson went one ahead of his father – "Jungle" Jim Robson – after recording his seventh Grade century as the Dolphins eased past Bankstown.

And Campbelltown-Camden's Luke Webb completed a remarkable all-round game against Mosman, taking 7-60 to go with his day-one half-century.

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Last updated: Monday November 23, 2020 6:34PM