Round one of the McDonald’s Sydney Shires competition was completed on Saturday with two nail-biting finishes.
At Northern Oval Macquarie University hung on to win by one wicket against Roseville in one of the round’s most absorbing finishes.
Resuming at 4-44 Macquarie took their time at the crease occupying 71 overs before finally passing Roseville’s total.
Shaikh Sameed (7 not out) and number 11 Harshith U Urs (2 not out) held their nerve to get the students the points. Earlier in the day Captain Rehan Adjum scored a determined 45 for Macquarie.
Auburn pulled off a wonderful win against Warringah in one of the other nail biting results on Saturday.
After being reduced to 3-29 in pursuit of Warringah’s 9-217 declared, the odds were stacked against them. However Manuel Naboulsi 91 single handedly pulled Auburn out of the mess after they fell to 6-86. He was ably supported by Matthew Bursa who finished 28 not out and held his nerve to get Auburn the victory by a solitary wicket.
Grant Davies was the pick of the bowlers for Warringah with 3-33 from 11 overs.
Matthew Seymour’s 4-40 derailed any hopes that Lindfield had of victory against Burwood at Rothfield Park. Seymour’s accurate bowling meant that Lindfield were never in with a chance of chasing down the target.
Tight bowling buy the rest of the Burwood attack helped them to a 51-run win.
Epping recorded a four wicket win against Lane Cove on the back of 70 from batsman Nathan Ross.
There were handy contributions from the rest of the top order as Epping passed their required target in 51 overs. Lane Cove didn’t help their cause by leaking 15 extras whilst in the field.
Georges River’s pursuit of an outright victory was thwarted by Pennant Hills but they still collected first innings points.
Declaring last week on 9-315 and having Pennant Hills at 2-24, they would have fancied their chances. However Cosikan Beadle (74) and Thomas Sproule (40) combined to get them to a respectable score of 186 and thus occupied 69 overs.
Pennant Hills were 0-21 when both sides decided to finish the match.
Dayle Carew bowled very well for the home side and returned figures of 5-36 from 12.4 overs.
North West Sydney had a comfortable 104 run win over Strathfield, although for some parts of Saturday it wasn’t looking comfortable at all.
After being reduced to 1-3 Sean Reynolds (68) and Tahmid Islam (60) combined for a 118 run partnership to put the visitors in a formidable position.
However once both batsmen were removed a collapse was triggered with Strathfield losing 9-94 to be all out for 215.
Arthur Harley had a game that he won’t match for some time, backing up his 68 from last week with 6-56 from 25.4 overs.
Balmain-South Sydney and Mount Pritchard-Southern Districts wrapped up the round at Alan Davidson Oval with Mount Pritchard claiming victory.