It was the bowlers turn to have some success as Round six of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket lower-grades came to an end over the weekend.
With no lower grade individual scores making it in to the top 10 of batting performances on Day 2, it was the bowlers who stole the spotlight.
Leading the way was Sutherland’s Alex Lee who collected 6-23 in the Fourth Grade clash against Western Suburbs at Tonkin Park.
Lee’s figures came off 15 overs and included six maidens with a miserly economy rate of 1.5 runs per over. Western Suburbs was only able to post 120, 102 short of Sutherland’s first innings total of 222. It was Lee’s first game in Fourth Grade having turned out for Sutherland’s Fifth Grade side last match.
Muhammad Ali also joined Alex Lee on taking six wickets in an innings during the Fourth Grade clash between Mosman and Eastern Suburbs at Trumper Park.
Ali finished with figures of 6-73 off 16 overs, but unfortunately for him it wasn’t enough to secure victory for Mosman as Easts finished up with a first innings total of 250.
Mosman reached 8-113 in its second innings when stumps were called. Ali has now collected 17 wickets at an average 13.70 in Fourth Grade this season with two five-wicket hauls.
At Rance Oval, Penrith’s Rahmat Qurbani took figures of 5-28 off just five overs against Northern District.
On the back of this performance, they were able to record a comfortable 51-run win after dismissing Northern District for 162 in reply to Penrith’s 213. It was Qurbani’s second five-wicket haul in his last three innings.
Perhaps the most satisfying performance of the round had to go to Angus Graham of Parramatta Fifth Grade.
Graham collected 5-35 off 11.2 overs against Campbelltown-Camden and in the process pulled off a 1-run win for his side in nail biting fashion. Graham took the final wicket of the innings to spark celebrations for his team. He now has back to back five-wicket hauls.
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