A record breaking 205 not out from Ben Rohrer for Fairfield- Liverpool was just one of many great individual performances that opened up the McDonald’s Sydney Premier Cricket season last Saturday.
The New South Wales representative played with poise and power in his innings of just 149 balls, which included 27 fours and four sixes.
It was the highest individual score in a First Grade limited overs match, surpassing the previous best of 200 by Scott Hookey for North Sydney in the 1994/95 season.
“I thought I might have been close (to the record). I thought Davey Warner had got a double-hundred in one-dayer from years ago but apparently it was about 175” Rohrer said.
Unfortunately for Rohrer and his Fairfield-Liverpool team mates, his innings was in vein as they lost by 9 runs to Randwick Petersham.
Lost in all the fanfare was the earlier century to Anthony Sams for Randwick Petersham. The opener blasted his way to 152 from just 139 balls in an innings that contained 19 boundaries.
He also added 217 with Jake Scicluna (89) which was the third highest third wicket partnership in limited overs First Grade history.
New South Wales seamer Gurinder Sandhu made sure that the bowlers weren’t left out in a match that had over 650 runs scored. He took 4-53 off his allotted 10 overs in Randwick Petersham’s innings.
Phillip Wells scored 127 for Bankstown in their match against his former suitors St George at Hurstville oval.
Wells spent more than six hours at the crease having arrived in the middle with his side losing a wicket before a run was scored.
His century lifted the visitors to an impressive 50 run win despite the best efforts of St George’s Nicholas Watkins, who carried his bat to be 106 not out at the end of the innings with St George all out for 211.
Elsewhere across Sydney Michael Clarke made his highly anticipated return to Western Suburbs First Grade in his side’s six-wicket win over Mosman at Allan Border Oval.
As captain Clarke made the rare decision to open the batting in his 108 ball stay. However he was denied a fairy tale end to the innings as he was stranded on 99 not out.
His batting partner Alec Baldwin blocked the first four balls of the over before dispatching a low full toss high over the fence for six. Regardless, Clarke’s innings set the tone for his side’s victory.
Eliot Richter became just as valuable with the ball as he is with the bat by taking 4/24 off 10 overs in Gordon’s 111 run drubbing of Blacktown at Joe McAleer Oval.
His figures were the best in the McDonald’s First Grade round. His line and length troubled the Blacktown team they struggled to 9/159 from their 50 overs. One of the few standouts for Blacktown was Tony Clark who captured 4/46 with the ball.
In other result Hawkesbury defeated North Sydney by 6 wickets, Manly-Warringah defeated Eastern Suburbs by 6 wickets, Northern Districts defeated Univeristy of New South Wales by 87 runs on the back of Tom Felton’s 4/26, Penrith defeated Parramatta by 107 runs, Sutherland defeated Sydney by 7 wickets and Sydney University defeated Campbelltown-Camden by 6 wickets with Devin Malone taking 4/31 with the ball.