Round two of the McDonald’s Sydney Shires competition began on Saturday with Keishav Muralietharan the stand out player with the bat. He was the only First Grade player to record a century across the seven matches played on Saturday.
Playing for Epping Bulls, Muralietharan scored 123 against Macquarie Univeristy. His innings included 13 fours and three sixes.
Epping’s lower order was a good supporting cast to Muralietharan and this helped it finish on 8-347 declared. In reply, Macquarie University its 0-12 at stumps.
A 148-run opening partnership between Arthur Harley (70) and Alex Daniels (89) has helped North West Sydney to 7-340 in their clash against Pennant Hills at Pennant Hills Oval. It was a team effort by North West Sydney, with three players posting half centuries. Goldy Kotia was the pick of the bowlers for Pennant Hills with 6-86. Pennant Hills have made a solid start in reply, finishing the day at 0-86.
Lane Cove’s Liam O’Hare triggered a batting collapse against Warringah at Tantallon Oval. O’Hare’s 5-43 saw Warringah fall from 1-101 to be all out for 192. Lane Cove moved to 2-59 at the close of play.
Strathfield reached 6-255 at stumps in their game against Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts. Strathfield’s top three batsmen scored half centuries with Tahmid Islam top scoring with 69.
Roseville’s match against Burwood Briars is evenly poised at the end of the first day’s play. Six players made starts but none were able to push on to a big score, with Roseville dismissed for 193. In reply Burwood are 2-59.
A team batting effort has spurred Georges River to 309 in its clash against Lindfield at Lindfield Oval.
Shane Pargeter (74) and Nicholas Henriques (72) were the mainstays in the middle order putting together a fourth wicket partnership of 135. There were also some handy contributions by Matthew Hoggett (42) and Ben Vella (39 off just 40 balls).
In the Round’s final fixture, Auburn finished the day at 9-236 against Balmain South Sydney at George Parry Oval.
Plenty of batsmen made starts but none reached a half century. Niazi (47) and Nasir Jalil (37) were the leading scores while three batsmen were dismissed in the 20s.
It was an economical bowling performance by Balmain South Sydney with Bilal Khan the best, claiming 2-37 from 14 overs.
Special mention to Warringah’s Gareth Newman in 3rd Grade who had a day he won’t forget.
Newman collected remarkable figures of 9-29 (including a hat trick) against Lane Cove. He took his 10th wicket for the match in the second innings.