Sydney University batsman Greg Mail created history on Saturday against Gordon during his innings of 31 at Chatswood Oval in Round six of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season.
The ageless 38-year old became the first batsman in the history of McDonald’s NSW premier Cricket to score 15,000 First Grade runs. During his 27 ball stay, Mail also passed 10,000 runs for Sydney University and by the end of his innings had amassed 10,015 runs for the club. He has a lead of more than 2500 runs at the top of the leading run scorers list.
With the return of NSW Blues squad members Ryan Carters and Ed Cowan, Mail batted in the middle order and chased quick runs late in the day.
At the end of his innings, Mail has a tally of 15,008 runs at an average of 46.75 with a remarkable 42 centuries and 72 half-centuries from 355 innings.
Not to be forgotten, NSW squad member Ryan Carters scored 113 for the students as they compiled 340 all out in 95 overs. Carters’ innings lasted 225 deliveries and included 14 boundaries and one six. He put on 104 for the second-wicket with fellow NSW Blues squad member Ed Cowan (58).
During a tough day in the field, Gordon’s English import, spinner Mason Crane continued his impressive showing down under by collecting 4-112 from 24 overs and orchestrating a run out.
The run-fest at the Northern Beaches has continued as Manly-Warringah compiled a mammoth 4-443 at stumps in its clash against North Sydney at North Sydney Oval. This was the highest team score in First Grade since St George totalled 4-486 against Northern District in 2009/2010.
Following up from its score of 5-398 against Sutherland last round, Manly was led by opening batsman James Crosthwaite (195) who put together a partnership of 206 for the first wicket with Jarrod Rawlings (81).
Crosthwaite was denied a century last game by just five runs and on Saturday was denied a double-century by the same margin being run out whilst batting with Brother Adam Crosthwaite (41).
Had James got to 200, the Crosthwaite pair would have been just the third brothers in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket history to have both scored double-centuries with Adam having previously scored two double-centuries.
NSW squad member Jay Lenton pushed the total up to 443, with a quick-fire 61 off 80 balls including three sixes.
At Rosedale Oval, Anthony Clark’s century took Fairfield-Liverpool to 9-342 at stumps against St George.
The century was Clark’s first of the season, he lasted 211 balls and 267 minutes. He also hit 19 boundaries.
Clark walked to the crease at 4-66 with Fairfield-Liverpool in trouble. After the loss of Captain Ben Rohrer with the score on 84, he put together 134 for the sixth-wicket with Wendel Delpechitra (69).
It continues a marvellous season for Clark who has already completed the double of 10,000 runs and 700 wickets in his First Grade career, both of which were achieved this season.
UNSW Captain Charles Wakim made it back to back centuries by posting 108 during his side’s total of 9-315 at stumps against Blacktown at Alan Davidson Oval. Wakim scored 106 last game against Hawkesbury.
Blacktown bowler Ryan Hadley was the standout for the fielding side with 4-49 from 16 overs and a run out.
Adam Semple was the star with the ball in his 200th First Grade appearance for Randwick Petersham in its clash against Sydney Cricket Club at Drummoyne Oval.
Semple collected 5-50 of 19.3 overs to help dismiss Sydney for 217. Semple has now taken 10-108 in his last two bowling innings having taken 5-58 last game against Penrith.
Furthermore, Semple had just two five-wicket hauls in his first 198 games (including one in his very first season); he now has two in back to back games.
Semple has 219 First Grade wickets at 23.15
In reply, Randwick Petersham is 3-87 at stumps.
Sutherland had three half-centurions in its total of 9-379 at stumps against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park.
Opener Jarryd Biviano (50), Tom Doyle (57) and Daniel Rixon (75) all combined well throughout the day. Lower order batsman Daniel Fallins then hit an aggressive 45 off 28 balls with three fours and three sixes to power Sutherland well past 350.
In the rounds’ other fixtures: Bankstown is 2-118 in reply to Hawkesbury’s 177 all out, Eastern Suburbs is 0-45 in reply to Mosman’s 207 all out, Parramatta is 2-92 in pursuit of Campbelltown-Camden’s 206 and Northern Districts is 0-11 attempting to chase down Penrith’s 280 all out.