Top four advance in McDonald's Men's Premier Cricket
Date of Event NSW Premier Cricket: Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:10AM

Adam Lucius

The McDonald's Men's Premier Cricket top four has advanced to next weekend's semi-finals after the qualifying finals were washed out without a ball being bowled.

Heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday meant there was never any chance of play in the Sydney-St George, Sydney Uni-Northern District and Manly-Fairfield-Liverpool play-offs.

It meant NDs and St George automatically exited the competition as the two lowest-ranked teams, leaving Sydney, Sydney Uni, Manly and Fairfield-Liverpool to fight another day.

Next weekend's semis see the Tigers host the Lions at Drummoyne Oval and Sydney Uni take on Manly at Uni Oval.

For NDs and St George, it's the beginning of a long off-season.

The Dragons headed to a local hotel near Drummoyne Oval for a post-season reflection and to discuss the year that was, immediately plotting a return to the top in 2021/22.

"It's terribly disappointing to go out that way but that's cricket," Saints skipper Nic Stapleton said.

"The weather is out of our control but it's given us even more motivation to finish on top of the regular season next year."

NDs finished just one point outside the top four and can consider themselves unlucky not to have gone at least a step further.

Captain Ben Davis said: "It's tough to go out this way but that's the cost of not finishing higher up the ladder.

"It was really tight up top this year and 63 points will more often than not get you in the four, but it's not to be this year."

Last updated: Tuesday March 23, 2021 7:13AM