Clarke continues runs feast in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket

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Hawkesbury batsman Joshua Clarke has continued his fantastic start to the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Season by scoring 162 for Hawkesbury in their clash against Sydney University at Owen Earle Oval.

Clarke’s innings contained 22 fours and one six during a six-hour stay at the crease. It was Clarke’s third consecutive century following up scores of 95 not out vs. North Sydney, 109 vs. Parramatta and 118 vs. Blacktown. He has scored 484 runs this season at a phenomenal average of 161.3 and is the leading run scorer in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season.

Clarke’s innings along with some significant contributions from Aamir Jamal (73) and Dale Mackay (56) helped Hawkesbury to 9-404 at the end of the first day.

For Sydney University Devin Malone was the pick of the bowlers with 4-130, which took him to 50 McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket wickets in just 18 matches at an average of 16.80.

Nick Bills kept his rich vein of form going with the ball by collecting another five-wicket haul over the weekend for Sydney Cricket Club.

Bills collected 5-79 in helping dismiss Mosman for 228.

Bills has now taken three consecutive five wicket hauls and has 16 wickets over that stretch. He was the first bowler to achieve this feat since Chris Tremain in 2013.

Furthermore he is the leading wicket taker in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition with 17.

Sydney is 0-113 in reply with opening batsman Justin Mosca 66 not out.

Jonathan Wheeling scored his first half century of the season for Northern District in their total of 9-272 declared against Parramatta.

Northern District made a very good start and at one stage was 2-207. Andrew Harriott (74) combined well with Wheeling as they put together a 93-run partnership.

However the loss of former Australian and NSW Blues wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (20) triggered a collapse which saw the home side lose 8-58 before declaring.

Parramatta’s Scott Copperfield collected 4-67 from 25 overs to limit Northern District. It was his second four-wicket haul in his last three innings.

Blacktown’s Daya Singh came to the rescue in the match against Randwick Petersham at Joe McAleer Oval.

After falling to 7-217, the tail wagged with Singh scoring 95 not out and being ably supported by Tony Clark (57) in a 102-run eighth wicket partnership, pushing Blacktown to 9-363 at Stumps. Singh’s innings contained 14 fours.

On the back of some consistent batting performances, Sutherland scored 343 against Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval.

Jamie Brown was the stand out with an unbeaten 95 and was well supported by Tom Doyle (71) and Peter Saroukos, who scored a quick-fire 54 from just 50 balls including three sixes.

Brown’s inning came on the back of his 114 against Campbelltown Camden last round.

NSW Blues squad members Henry Thorton (4-60) and Will Somerville (4-109) were the standouts for Easts. In reply Easts are 1-6 at stumps.

In the rounds other matches: Gordon is 5-158 in reply to Bankstown’s 210 at Jensen Park, Campbelltown Camden is 9-156 against UNSW at Raby 2, and North Sydney is 7-178 against Fairfield Liverpool at Rosedale Oval.

There was no play possible in the Manly-Warringah versus Penrith and St George versus Western Suburbs matches because overnight rain made areas of the wicket square unsafe.

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