Hawkesbury’s Rafayullah Shirazi’s 128 highlighted the class of lower grade players on offer in round two of the McDonald’s NSW Premier cricket competition over the weekend.
Shirazi’s century enabled Hawkesbury to get a nail biting 5 wicket win against Parramatta in fourth grade who had earlier scored 5-241.
Elsewhere in fourth grade Shayne Lin scored 120 as Gordon cruised to victory with more than 16 overs to spare. Lin’s knock ensured that Gordon collected a bonus point as well.
In third grade Fairfield-Liverpool’s Peter Zybrands 106 unbeaten collected victory for the Southwest Sydney outfit by 4 wickets over Gordon.
In Second grade Matthew Harviel carried his bat to 120 not out for Fairfield Liverpool. Even despite this it was still not enough for the away side who lost by 3 wickets to Gordon.
Rounding off the centurions were James Larkin’s 118 off 120 balls for Sydney University second grade in their victory over St George at Sydney University Oval.
Larkin’s century pushed the students to 8-271 and their bowlers did enough to limit St George in the 17-run win.
Not to be left out, the bowlers got into the action with no less than 10 players in second grade to fifth grade collecting 5 wickets or more.
The standouts were Tanveer Sangha who collected 6-14 and Nivek Tanner who took 6-29.
Sangha representing Campbelltown-Camden in fifth grade astonishingly took the best figures of the round for any bowler but still couldn’t spur his side to victory. Blacktown chased down the target of 124 despite the best efforts of Sangha.
In third grade Nivek Tanner of the University of New South Wales had the same bad fortune as Sangha as his side could only muster 148 in reply to Penrith’s 223.
Honourable mention goes to Manly’s Michael Counsell who took 5-15 for Manly as they skittled Bankstown for 67 in their fifth grade match at Manly Oval. Interestingly enough, Manly only used two bowlers in the whole innings.
Manly won the match convincingly by 9 wickets.