Round two of the Sydney Shires competition concluded last weekend with Lane Cove’s Damian Naughton the star, scoring 105 not out in Lane Cove’s six wicket win over Warringah at Tantallon Oval.
Naughton was only the second first grade batsman to score a century this round and he did it at a vital time which ensured that Lane Cove collected victory.
The captain came to the wicket at 3-59 and combined very well with opening batsman Phillip Brett (57 not out) for a 138-run partnership to achieve the win.
Naughton’s innings of 105 came off only 87 deliveries and included 18 fours and two sixes.
Georges River hung on for a 12-run win against Lindfield at Lindfield Oval.
Georges River posted 309 in their first innings before Lindfield pushed its way to 297.
Joshua Trewin (93) and Alex Timbrel (64) made sure Georges River had some nervous moments during the chase.
Shannon Lane took 4-47 off 13 overs for the visitors as they registered their second win of the season.
North West Sydney recorded a comfortable 105-run win over Pennant Hills at Pennant Hills Oval.
For Pennant Hills, Goldy Kotia had a memorable match by scoring 66. This followed up his 6-86 with the ball.
A committed bowling effort by North West Sydney highlighted by Daniel Johnson (4-56) and Campbell Blue (3-52) saw them collect the victory.
Burwood Briars recorded a six wicket win against Roseville at Roseville chase.
The victory maintains the Briars’ unbeaten start to the season.
Elsewhere Auburn eased to a 102-run win over Balmain-South Sydney at George Parry Oval.
Auburn posted 258 in their first innings before dismissing Balmain-South Sydney for 156, with only four batsmen reaching double figures.
Matthew Burser collected 4-40 in the win.
Mount Pritchard collected a seven wicket win against Strathfield at Greenway Oval.
Mount Pritchard passed their required total of 271 in only 51 overs.
In the round’s final fixture, there was a serious injury to Macquarie University batsman Ben French which saw play abandoned at North Epping Oval.
French was struck in the chest whilst batting and was taken to hospital.
Macquarie was 4-73 when play was abandoned. The result of the match is under review by the SCA.