McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Lower grade highlights round five

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A double century to Parramatta opening batsman Tim Ward in Second Grade was the highlight of lower grade performances that wrapped up round five of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season over the weekend.

Ward (203) batted through the innings as Parramatta secured victory over North Sydney at Old Kings Oval. Set 301 for victory, they finished the day with 4-323 from 85 overs. Ward’s double century included 20 fours and two sixes and came off only 249 balls. Before Saturday’s innings, ward’s highest score for the season was 64.

In a Fifth grade match at David Phillips North Oval between UNSW and Hawkesbury, Hawkesbury opener Cameron Kwok, guided his side to victory with 159. It was a remarkable turn around for Kwok who had posted scores of 9, 6, 0 and 4 in his first four innings in fifth grade. His innings included 16 fours and three sixes as Hawkesbury cruised to 3-346 off 78 overs. Kwok combined with Kyle Vicary (97) for a second wicket partnership of 238 to set the tone for the chase.

Rivalling the fantastic batting performances was some quality efforts with the ball. The second best figures for the round belonged to UNSW bowler Ben Chaplin, who took 7-87 in helping his side to a 82-run win in their second grade match at Owen Earle Oval. It was just Chaplin’s third match in grade cricket this season and just his second in Second Grade. Hawkesbury was dismissed for 308 in reply to UNSW 8-390 declared.

Thomas Slack rounded off the impressive performances by collecting 6-42 against Northern District for Mosman Second Grade at Allan Border Oval on Saturday. After posting an intimidating 8-401 declared last weekend Mosman dismissed the visitors for 261, aided largely by Slack’s strong effort with the ball.

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