The batsmen again dominated as round three of the McDonald’s Premier Cricket wrapped up on Saturday afternoon.
A 330-run partnership between Nicholas Bertus (215) (pictured above) and Will Affleck (121) set the tone for Parramatta’s win against Western Suburbs at Old Kings Oval. The partnership was just four runs shy of the best partnership ever by a Parramatta pair as well as fifth best second wicket partnership in the history of McDonald’s Premier Cricket.
In pursuit of Western Suburbs 283, Parramatta lost the wicket of their opening batsman Brenton Cherry after just the third ball of the innings.
Bertus and Affleck then combined for a 330-run stand and took Parramatta to a total of 5-422 declared before asking Western Suburbs to bat again.
Bertus innings of 215 came off only 233 balls and included 26 fours and two sixes. This backed up his 116 not out last game and sees his run tally move to 360 runs from three innings at a Bradman-esque average of 180.
A notable performance occurred at Waverley Oval as Eastern Suburbs pulled off a magnificent run chase against Bankstown.
Requiring 412 to win, Eastern Suburbs achieved their target nine wickets down having lasted more than 105 overs.
In a wonderful individual effort, Eastern Suburbs batsman Mark Morley (pictured) hit a century on debut (117) and did so off just 80 balls. He is the first batsman to score a first grade century on debut since Jordan Silk for Penrith in 2009.
Morley’s innings, along with a 121-run seventh wicket partnership with Will Somerville, got the home side over the line in a thriller.
Nic Bills had a memorable match with the ball for Sydney Cricket Club at Rosedale Oval.
Bills collected 5-43 on the previous Saturday in helping dismiss Fairfield-Liverpool for 176.
He then went better in the second innings with 6-77 to collect match figures of 11-121 as Sydney chased an outright victory. Bills was the first bowler to take ten wickets in a match since Sean Abbott did so for St George in the 2013-2014 final.
It was Bills’s second ten wicket haul of his career after his 10-49 against Sutherland playing for North Sydney in 2010.
Fairfield-Liverpool finished the day at 8-166 in their second innings as they denied Sydney an outright win.
Sydney collected the first innings points having posted 273 in their first innings.
Northern District came agonisingly close to pulling off a huge run chase against Randwick Petersham at Mark Taylor Oval.
A 196-run opening partnership between Andrew Harriott (136) and Neil Kimberley (106) put them in with a fair chance. However time ultimately ran out as they finished with 7-427, just four runs shy of Randwick Petersham’s total.
Justin Avendano played a captain’s knock of 190 for North Sydney in their 17-run defeat to Penrith at Howell Oval.
In pursuit of Penrith’s 362, Norths fell just 17 short. Avendano’s innings came off only 179 balls and included 28 fours and two sixes. Only three of North’s top seven were able to post double figures.
Sutherland continued their undefeated start to the season with a convincing 149-run win over Campbelltown-Camden at Glenn McGrath Oval.
The win was instigated by leg spinner Daniel Fallins who took 6-95 and took his tally to 12 wickets for the season at an average of 14.91
Campbelltown could only reach 258 in reply to Sutherland’s mammoth 4-407 declared.
Devin Malone capped off a memorable game for Sydney University at Sydney University Oval.
After the record shattering performances of Nick Larkin and Greg Mail last Saturday, Malone got in on the act this week by taking 5-53 as Manly were bundled out for a modest 147 in the 277-run rout.
In other results: Mosman defeated St George by 135-runs at Allan Border Oval, Gordon hammered UNSW by 250-runs at the Village Green and Hawkesbury and Blacktown had the only draw of the round at Owen Earle Oval.