Round six of the McDonald’s Sydney Shires competition was one mixed with runs and wickets with some wonderful individual performances.
None much better than Burwood Briars bowler Daniel McLauchlan who collected figures of 5-27 from 20 overs including a hat trick! Burwood had posted 212 after winning the toss and electing to bat, in reply George River was only able to score 184 mainly due to the great bowling of McLauchlan. McLauchlan has phenomenal figures of 13-78 in his last three innings. The victory takes the Briars to an outright lead at the top of the McDonald’s Sydney Shires ladder.
At Weldon Oval, an even performance by Lindfield’s batsmen has helped it to a three-wicket win against Warringah. Chasing 330 for Victory after a century to Warringah Captain Matthew Butcher (107 not out from 143 balls) Lindfield reached the target in the 84th over after half centuries to Benny Ellis-Dabrowski (68), Adam Rezek (74) and Matthew Mee (79). For Matthew Mee it was his second consecutive half century and took him past 200 runs for the season at an average in excess of 50.
The runs didn’t stop there with a destructive century to North Wests Sydney and former NSW batsman Don Nash. Nash hit his first century in McDonald’s Sydney Shires Cricket and it was worth the wait. He clubbed 112 not out from 74 balls with 12 fours and five sixes in just over 90 mins at the crease. Nash has now scored 156 runs in his last two innings without being dismissed. His innings helped North West Sydney declare at 6-265 in reply to Macquarie University’s modest 128 all out. Batting again Macquarie University reached an impressive 1-169 when play finished for the day.
Balmain-South Sydney defeated Pennant Hills by five-wickets in its clash at Alan Davidson Oval. They were set 217 to win after Jagmeet Singh restricted them with figures of 4-57. Harry Thomas then did the damage with the bat for Balmain-South Sydney scoring 116. They had been in trouble earlier on falling to 3-68 before Thomas and Harman Randhawa (36) put on 100 runs for the fourth-wicket.
Anthony Azize 111 has helped Epping to a 69-run victory at Greenway Oval against Mount Pritchard-Southern Districts. Epping was able to score 306 mainly in part to Azize’s innings where he hit 10 boundaries and two sixes. In reply, Mount Pritchard-Southern Districts scored 237 with Captain Rick Lucey (92) top scoring. Sol Tomlinson in his first game in First Grade this season did the damage with impressive figures of 5-78 off 19 overs.
In the round’s other fixtures: Roseville beat Auburn on first innings with Ben Medway collecting 5-21. At Airie Park Lane Cove defeated Strathfield on first innings.