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NSW Blues squad member Arjun Nair, 18, produced a phenomenal bowling performance on Saturday for Hawkesbury against Campbelltown-Camden at Owen Earle Oval in Round seven of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season.
In contrast to previous rounds, it was the bowlers who dominated this week and Arjun Nair led the way for the bowlers with his superb figures. The off-spinner collected figures of 8-17 off 19.3 overs with a staggering 12 maidens.
No younger player has better bowling figures than Nair. Colin Hollingsworth took 8-90 for Petersham-Marrickville against Manly-Warringah in 1960-61 when he was 17 years 358 days and Peter Philpott took 8-38 for Manly against Paddington in 1952-53 when 18 years and 8 days. Nair was 18 years 235 days.
Coming on to bowl at 1-63, Nair triggered a collapse in the Campbelltown-Camden batting line up as they was dismissed for 125. He removed six of the top seven batsmen and his spell included four LBWs. Saturday’s performance takes his season tally in all competitions to 22 wickets at an average of 13.50
Nair then showed his all-round versatility by opening the batting for Hawkesbury in their innings of 1-126 declared. Nair scored 25 from 34 balls in a quick-fire innings which included four boundaries. In its second innings, Campbelltown-Camden was 0-18 at Stumps.
An impressive bowling performance by UNSW opening bowler Declan White has helped put it in a strong position at Stumps on day one of its match against Randwick Petersham at Coogee Oval. White collected 6-51 off 15 overs with one maiden.
After winning the toss UNSW sent the visitors in and it paid dividends as Randwick Petersham was blasted out for 123 in just 47.5 overs. Only Matt Critchely (37) was able to offer any kind of resistance to the UNSW attack.
White’s performance with the ball was his first five-wicket haul of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season. White removed five of the top six of the Randwick Petersham top order including the prized wicket of in-form wicketkeeper-batsman Anthony Sams for just 2.
UNSW declared at 4-124 with James Henry 39 not out and Nick Walker (39) leading the way. Randwick Petersham 0-34 at Stumps in its second innings.
St George finds itself in a spot of bother at Stumps in its clash against Parramatta at Hurstville Oval. Parramatta won the toss and pushed its way to 9-306 declared, mainly on the back of performances by Captain Nick Bertus (79), continuing his good season, and Tom Crittenden (71 off 91 balls). Crittenden’s innings was his first half-century in First Grade after scoring just 71 runs in his first five innings this season.
Having to negotiate a tricky 12-over spell at the end of the day, St George fell to 5-14 after Ben Martin collected 4-11 from six overs with two maidens.
Nicholas Stapleton (1 not out from 43 balls) is standing firm and has in-from wicketkeeper Jonathan Rose with him at the other end.
Continuing the good bowling performances on Saturday was NSW Blues squad member Josh Lalor.
Lalor collected figures of 5-57 from off 25.3 overs with eight maidens helping Penrith dismiss Gordon for 265.
Lalor has now collected 20 wickets in only seven matches for Penrith and will be hoping to carry that rich vein of form into the upcoming Big Bash T20 tournament.
Gordon’s batsmen had to work hard for their runs, with Captain Steve Colley top scoring with 75 from 142 balls.
On a day where there were good bowling performances at a lot of grounds across Sydney, Sydney Cricket club’s Joe Denly produced a wonderful innings at Manly Oval.
The former international, who has represented England in nine ODI’s and 5 T20I’s, hit 161 out of Sydney’s total of 302. Wickets fell regularly around him as Sydney collapsed to 4-48 and then 6-114 before he combined with Ben Manenti (79) for a 7th wicket partnership of 131. Denly’s innings came off 218 balls and contained 16 fours and five sixes.
Manly-Warringah is 1-28 in reply at stumps.
Continuing that trend was Sydney University batsman Damien Mortimer who hit his second century of the season at Sydney University Oval against Mosman.
Mortimer struck 115 from 210 balls and lasted just over five hours in an important knock for the students as they posted 267 all out.
Mortimer found a partner in Tim Ley (55) after University had fallen to 7-149. The pair combined for an invaluable 107-run stand for the 8thwicket.
Matthew Day returned excellent figures of 5-39 from 13.1 overs for Mosman.
Tim Ley then did the damage with the ball for Sydney University capturing two wickets to leave Mosman 3-17 in reply at Stumps.
Special mention goes to North Sydney’s Tom Jager who broke through to score his first McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Season century. It’s been a long time coming for Jager who was playing his 27th match. His innings came off 142 balls and included 14 fours. His knock helped North Sydney to 6-308 at Stumps against Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval.
In the round’s other fixtures: Blacktown is 6-146 in pursuit of Fairfield-Liverpool’s 170 all out at Joe McAleer Oval, Western Suburbs made 9-323 declared and has Northern District 1-6 at Stumps at Mark Taylor Oval and Bankstown is 3-146 in reply to Sutherland’s 207 all out at Glenn McGrath Oval.