There were some superb individual performances by lower grade players all over Sydney as round four of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season continued last Saturday and Sunday.
Sydney Universities Second Grade Captain David Miller led the way for his side by scoring 143 against Hawkesbury at Sydney University Oval.
It was Miller’s first century of the season. His innings came off 174 balls and included 24 fours. Miller’s performance was even more meaningful as he scored more than half of his side’s total of 273. Hawkesbury is 2-29 at stumps after 14 overs.
Western Suburbs Fifth Grade batsman Rowan Carthey also made a century, scoring 137 not out in the match against St George at Kensington Oval.
Carthey scored his runs off just 110 deliveries, hitting 15 fours and one six. Similarly to Miller, his innings accounted for more than half of Wests’ innings as only three other players reached double figures in the team total of 269.
Paul Francis was the destroyer for St George with 7-71, which was the second best bowling figures for the weekend across all Grades. St George is 1-30 after 11 overs in reply.
Thomas Burt kept the happy times flowing in the Western Suburbs Club by posting 110 for their Third Grade side in the match against St George at Harold Fraser Reserve.
Burt stayed in for the long haul by facing 231 balls in his innings and spending 266 minutes in the middle. Western Suburbs finished the day at 8-198 from 74 overs of play.
Backing up the stellar efforts with the bat were some wonderful performances by the bowlers.
Hawkesbury’s Shane Mott finished with figures of 7-61 off 19.3 overs in the Third Grade match against Sydney University.
Mott had collected 7 wickets in 40.5 overs in his three previous matches before Saturday’s performance.
Sydney University were dismissed for 200 and in reply Hawkesbury is 2-47 from 29 overs.
Rounding off the performances of the week was Ryan Gregory for Penrith Fifth Grade.
Gregory took figures of 5-13, helping to skittle Manly Warringah for 70.
By stumps, Penrith had progressed to 7-168 with a lead of 98.