Dream Debut For Graham

PhManly 7 wicket.jpgPhoto credit: Ian Bird photography

A remarkable performance on debut by 18-year-old off spinner Joe Graham has helped Manly to a 13-run victory over Sutherland in their McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket round five clash at Glenn McGrath Oval.

Graham collected figures of 7-148 in the victory for Manly-Warringah, bowling 34.2 overs as Sutherland was dismissed for 385.

It was the most wickets in an innings this season, as well as being the best figures on debut for a bowler since Shane Cleary took 7-29 also for Manly-Warringah against North Sydney in 2002-2003. Graham has been in a rich vein of form of late, collecting 6-84 and 2-58 in his two most recent Second Grade matches before Saturday’s triumph.

Another player who also had a strong performance is NSW Blues squad member and Sydney Thunder off-spinner Chris Green. Green backed up his 4-97 last Saturday with 127 not out for Northern District as it defeated Mosman by four-wickets. His effort with bat and ball was the best all round performance by a player in First Grade this season. Coming in at number 7 with his side 5-129, Green spent 217 balls at the crease as well as hitting 17 fours to help his side to victory. Green combined well with Daniel Anderson (30) for a sixth wicket partnership of 95 and then put on an unbroken stand of 86 with Matthew Phillips as Northern District passed the required total after 94.4 overs at 6-315.

An unbeaten century to Paul Horton of Blacktown was not enough for them to seal victory against Sydney at Drummoyne Oval. Blacktown fell 11 runs shy after being dismissed for 315 with Horton unbeaten on 151. His innings came off 228 balls with 13 boundaries. He also occupied the crease for over five hours.

The Australian-born Horton is a professional cricketer with 180 First Class matches for Lancashire in England and Matabeleland Tuskers in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately for Blacktown they lost too many wickets at the start of their innings where at one stage they were 2-10 and then 4-69. Some useful contributions by Aaron Lilley (49) and Daya Singh (44), who had a marvellous match taking 7-83 with the ball, got Blacktown close but couldn’t get them the victory. For Sydney, Nick Bills reached 250 First Grade wickets at an average of 21.69 with this two-wicket haul.

North Sydney held their nerve to record a 23-run win over Parramatta at North Sydney Oval. Having posted 7-414 declared last week, they restricted Parramatta to 391 despite Nick

Bertus scoring 138. His innings came off just 160 balls with 15 boundaries and three sixes. It was Bertus’s third century of the season and he now boasts 570 runs at an average of 95.

NSW Blues member Sean Abbott made a successful return for injury with Parramatta. He scored 33 batting at number 4 playing as a batsman only.

Robert Aitken continued his good form for North Sydney after scoring 104 not out last Saturday. He collected 3-47 off 16 overs including the final wicket of the innings to ensure victory for the home side.

A sixth consecutive half century by Randwick Petersham’s Anthony Sams (T20s excluded) helped them record another win, this time over Penrith at Petersham Oval. Sams is now just four half centuries away from the record for most consecutive fifties in First Grade cricket that is held by Don Bradman who scored 10 between 1932 and 1934.

His innings of 81 came off 129 deliveries and included 13 fours. He was well supported by the rest of the Randwick-Petersham batsmen with Nathan Price (47) and Jason Sangha (38) the larger contributors. They chased down the required target of 252 seven wickets down from 70 overs.

A half century to NSW Blues captain Moises Henriques could not help St George as they fell to Gordon by 97-runs at Chatswood Oval. Henriques made 63 from 98 balls with six boundaries and two sixes. He was supported by opener Stewart McCabe (56). NSW squad member Kurtis Patterson made 28 for the Saints as they were bundled out for 267. Mason Crane was the chief destroyer for Gordon, finishing with figures of 4-89 off 25 overs.

Bankstown pulled off a thrilling victory over Western Suburbs in their match at Pratten Park. There were contributions from the top order as Luke Reece (59) and Mitch Brown (52) got the ball rolling. A 61-run 10th wicket partnership between Nathan McAndrew (66 not out) and Jarrod Burke (30 not out), sealed the nail biting victory.

In the round’s other fixtures: UNSW defeated Hawkesbury by 119-runs at Alan Davidson Oval, Eastern Suburbs defeated Sydney University by three wickets at Sydney University Oval and Liverpool-Fairfield thrashed Campbelltown-Camden by 171-runs at Raby 2.

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