It was a day for the batsmen on Saturday as round 3 of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season moved into the two-day format. There were no less than 11 centurions and five teams scoring over 400 runs.
Greg Mail and NSW Blues squad member Nicholas Larkin sent the records tumbling in their match against Manly at Sydney University Oval.
The two combined for 337 for the first wicket which was the second best opening partnership in the history of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Mail and Larkin are second to only Victor Trumper and Dan Gee who had a partnership of 423 for Paddington against Redfern in 1903.
It gives Mail two of the top five opening partnerships. It was Mail’s fourth triple century stand. These include a record 390 for a second wicket partnership, with Matthew Phelps, for Sydney University against Mosman in 2006.
Additionally, Mail’s 179 was his 43rd first-grade century. It leaves him seven clear of Victor Trumper, Warren Bardsley and Bob Simpson, each with 36. Amongst current players the closest to him are Ben Rohrer and Daniel Smith with 21 each, while Phillip Wells took his total to 19 with his 170 for Bankstown against Eastern Suburbs.
Larkin’s 206 not out followed up from his 87 against St George last week.
Chris Williams of Sutherland carried his bat to 183 not out as they totalled 4/407 declared.
Williams was supported by team mate Jamie Brown who scored 114 in under three hours. The pair put on 234 for the fourth wicket and enabled Sutherland to declare early and get into the field.
In reply, Campbelltown-Camden is 0-22 at stumps.
Phillip Wells notched his 19th grade century with 170 against Eastern Suburbs at Waverly Oval.
Wells innings contained 23 fours and came off only 178 balls.
He linked up well with Mitch Brown (104) to add 163 for the third wicket and push Bankstown to a commanding 6-411 declared.
Eastern Suburbs are 1-21 at stumps in reply.
Gordon’s Elliot Richtor collected his first century of the season against the University of New South Wales at Village Green.
Richtor walked to the wicket at 3-86 and reeled off 130 from only 167 deliveries.
Gordon finished with 9-407 as Richtor was supported by some useful lower order contributions.
For all the large scores and centuries, Nicholas Bills flew the flag for the bowlers with 5-43 as Sydney cricket club dismissed Fairfield-Liverpool for 176.
Sydney is in a dominating position at stumps reaching 3-150.
Randwick Petersham continued their impressive start to the season posting an imposing 6-431 declared against Northern District.
Anthony Sams continued his rich vein of form by scoring 79 and put on 146 for the opening wicket with Captain Alexander Kemp.
James Psarakis then scored 110 to push the visitors to 431.
At the close of play Northern District is 0-9.
Joshua Clarke scored his second consecutive century for Hawkesbury against Blacktown and in the process took his tally to 322 runs for the season. At stumps they were 7-366.
In the round’s other matches: Mosman are 2-101 in pursuit of St George’s 156 at Allan Border Oval, North Sydney are 1-10 after dismissing Penrith for 362 where both John Dibartolo and Jonathan Sammut scored centuries and Parramatta are 1-79 in pursuit of Western Suburbs 283 at Old Kings Oval.