McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Sydney Shires Round five review

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A ten-wicket haul to Balmain South Sydney’s Arfan Haider has taken his side agonizingly close to an outright win in their absorbing clash with Lane Cove at Tantallon Oval.

After posting a modest 124 in their first innings, Balmain-South Sydney lost on first innings when Lane Cove closed their innings at 8-150 declared where Haider finished with figures of 6-33 from 11 overs. Nouman Ali then led the fight back for Balmain-South Sydney scoring 102* and setting Lane Cove 170 for an outright victory. Arfan Haider again caused trouble for Lane Cove taking 4-43 from just seven overs to finish with superb match figures of 10-76. Lane Cove survived at stumps reaching 9-87 from 15 overs.

North West Sydney held their nerve for a two-wicket victory over Roseville in their match at Roseville Chase. In Reply to Roseville’s 193, North West Sydney declared at 8-196 with Don Nash (52) and Alex Bird (46) the stand outs with the bat for the visitors. They had a partnership of 66 runs for the sixth wicket. Roseville reached 1-30 in their second innings.

Another team to hold their nerve was Lindfield as it recorded a three-wicket win against Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts in their round five clash. Set 237 for Victory, Lindfield passed the required target seven wickets down with Matthew Mee (66) leading the way for the home side. Lindfield closed their innings at 7-243 from 61.3 overs.

Two half centurions for Macquarie Univeristy was not enough for it to record victory over Burwood Briars at Northern Oval. In pursuit of Burwood’s 5-355 declared, Macquarie posted 265 with captain Rehan Adjum (60) and Shaikh Sameed (50) the top scorers. Max Seymour backed up his 192 runs last week with two wickets in the Briars 90-run victory.

Auburn was thwarted in their pursuit of an outright victory against Pennant Hills at Pennant Hills Oval. Posting 6-305 declared last Saturday, Auburn would have liked their chances when they dismissed the home side for just 113. However they found it much harder going in the second innings with Pennant Hills batting out the day at 3-190 with opening batsman Cosikan Beadle top scoring with 68 not out.

Strathfield recorded a comprehensive 103-run victory over Warringah on Saturday orchestrated by a four wicket haul to Andrew Donovan. Donovan collected 4-40 from 20 overs with five maidens as Warringah was restricted to 172 in reply to Strathfield’s 275. Donovan’s haul takes his season wicket tally to 13 wickets in four games.

In the round’s final fixture at North Epping Oval, Georges River defeated Epping by 178 runs. Epping could score only 157 in reply to Georges River’s total of 4-335 declared. Opening bowler Harjit Singh led the rout with 4-27 off 15 overs. The convincing win keeps Georges River at the top of the table after five rounds.

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