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Records went tumbling at North Sydney Oval on Saturday in Round six of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season, courtesy of a mammoth 303-run partnership between North Sydney Captain Justin Avendano (176) and Anjan Oberai (166*).
In reply to Manly’s 4-443 declared last week, Norths plundered their way to 4-444 in the 85th over to achieve a famous victory.
The 303-run partnership is the highest for the second-wicket for North Sydney and is tied for the sixth highest partnership for the second wicket all time. It was also the second highest run chase in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket history.
Avendano walked to the wicket with his side 1-0 after the early loss of opening batsman James Newton.
He hit 21 boundaries and eight sixes in his 169-ball stay which was his third consecutive century (non-limited overs matches).
For Anjan Oberai it was his first century in his First Grade career having compiled just 88 runs in his first five innings. His innings of 166 not out, included 24 fours and one six.
He also occupied the crease for more than five hours.
The win was North Sydney’s third of the season.
At the other end of the spectrum was a nail biting match between Sydney Cricket Club and Randwick-Petersham at Drummoyne Oval.
After posting 217, Randwick Petersham resumed at 3-87 but couldn’t get one batsman to go on and get a big score.
Jason Sangha was the best with 49 as Sydney took the final wicket in the 76th over to pull off a thrilling win. The wickets were shared by five Sydney bowlers with Ben Manenti the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-45 from 25 overs.
The close finishes didn’t end there as St George recorded a one-wicket win over Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval.
In pursuit of Liverpool-Fairfield’s 9-342 declared, St George looked in disarray after losing five of its top six batsmen for under double figures falling to 5-98 and then 6-132.
Captain Stewart McCabe (77) held firm and was soon joined by wicket keeper Jonathan Rose (104*) who played a match winning innings. It was Rose’s first century of the season; his 177-ball stay included nine fours.
Nathan Ellis then contributed 71 off 110 balls with eight fours to back up his four wickets last week as St George pushed towards a remarkable win. Rose and Ellis combined for an eighth-wicket partnership of 136. The winning runs were struck with St George nine wickets down in the 93rd over.
Eastern Suburbs all-rounder Ian Moran moved into third place on the all-time run-scoring list after making 18 in First Grade on Saturday and then 23 and 72 in the T20 matches on Sunday.
Moran has 12,208 runs and moved past Warren Bardsley 12,118 runs. He is now just 146 runs away from Greg Hayne in second place.
Gordon fell to their first loss of the season thanks to a Devin Malone five wicket haul at Chatswood Oval.
The Sydney University leg spinner collected 5-78 from 24 overs as Sydney University won by 91-runs. Malone now has 25 wickets for the season with two five wicket hauls and is the leading wicket taker.
However the students had to work hard to collect the final wicket as tailenders Mason Crane (80) and Matthew Junk (61*) put on a tenth-wicket partnership of 128.
It ended a good match for Crane who also took 4-122 with the ball.
At Howell Oval, Northern District moved to the top of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket ladder with a commanding eight-wicket defeat of Penrith.
Chasing a target of 281, the visitors moved to 2-282 in 85.3 overs on the back of centuries to wicket keeper Andrew Harriott (135*) and Jonathan Whealing (100*). The pair put on an unbroken third-wicket stand of 220.
For Harriott it was his second century of the season and takes his tally to 600 runs at an average of 75.
At Alan Davidson Oval, Blacktown collected a five-wicket victory over UNSW having been set 316 to win.
The win was orchestrated by 117 from Simon Keen and a supporting 71* from Peter Horton that took Blacktown to 5-318.
Keen’s innings was his first century of the year after falling for 99 in Round one.
His century included 15 fours and one six as he lasted 180 deliveries.
Blacktown reached the required target in the 95th over with five wickets to spare.
Sutherland continued their impressive start to the season with a 45-run win over Western Suburbs at Pratten Park. Set an imposing 380 to chase down, Western Suburbs could only get to 334 all out in 96 overs.
Nick Cutler led the charge for the home side with 97 and was well supported by the rest of the top order including Alec Baldwin (53), Isaac Taylor (45) and Ned Eckersley (42). However some regular wickets by Sutherland slowed down Wests who ended up 45 runs short.
Kyle Brockley (3-78) was the pick of the bowlers for Sutherland.
In the round’s other fixtures: Bankstown comfortably defeated Hawkesbury by 125-runs at Bankstown Memorial Oval thanks to Dan Solway’s 101, Eastern Suburbs defeated Mosman by 32-runs at Allan Border Oval and Parramatta defeated Campbelltown-Camden by 97-runs at Old Kings Oval.