A Nick Larkin century has guided Sydney University to an exciting three –run win over Sydney in its clash at Drummoyne Oval in Round 8 of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket round played on Saturday.
Larkin scored 138 from 147 balls; his innings included six boundaries and four sixes. His score along with a supporting hand from Damien Mortimer (60 from 93 balls) pushed the students to 5-253 from its 50 overs. The century was Larkin’s third ton of the season and takes his run tally in all competitions to 677 runs at an average of 67.70
Sydney got incredibly close in reply and fell three runs short with their innings closed at 8-250 from 50 overs. Ben Manenti started in the right fashion hammering 50 from 28 balls with six fours and two sixes. This was then followed on by Anthony Mosca 59 from 86 balls with three boundaries. Despite some big hitting in the latter part of the innings, Sydney University held its nerve to record a three-run with veteran Greg Mail capturing 3-27 from five overs.
St George and Campbelltown-Camden played out a high scoring encounter at Bradman Oval. Campbelltown took its home game down to Bowral as part of a promotional event and it was a huge success. Campbelltown-Camden won the toss and batted first and scored an intimidating 5-297 from its 50 overs. Aaron Yabsley (93 from 110 balls with seven fours and a six) scored well and was ably supported in the top order by Captain Nick Carruthers (69 from 76 balls with five sixes). Some big hitting by Jack Preddy (44 not out from 34 balls with two fours and two sixes) and Jarrod Colliss (35 not out from 18 balls with two fours and two sixes) pushed the home side to 5-297. In reply, St George started positively and relied heavily on Nick Stapleton (96), Jonathan Rose (74) and Luke Bartier (50 from 31 balls) to get the runs. St George won with one ball to spare as a rampant Nathan Ellis (34 not out from 16 balls) powered the Saints home to a memorable victory.
At North Sydney Oval, a century to Randwick Petersham’s Alex Kemp has seen it romp home to a big win over North Sydney. After winning the toss and electing to bat, North Sydney struggled against the good bowling of the visitors with only Tom Jagot (45) being able to occupy time at the crease. Adam Semple (3-50) continued his good season and was well supported by Sydney Sixers academy player Daniel Sams (2-36) which also took his season wicket tally to 30 wickets as North struggled to 9-174 from its 50 overs. Kemp then displayed his big hitting ability with 104 not out from 68 balls with 14 boundaries
and five sixes. Randwick Petersham was only two wickets down and had more than 25 overs to spare when they passed North Sydney’s total.
Eastern Suburbs moved itself within striking distance of the top six heading into the Christmas break with a commanding nine-wicket thumping of Northern District at Waverley Oval. The previously undefeated Northern District was outclassed in every facet as they posted 183 all out in 49 overs. Jonathan Whealing (91 not out) stood firm for the visitors and also hit four boundaries and one six in his three hour stay at the crease. NSW Blues squad member Will Somerville’s 3-18 took him past 200 McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket wickets for Easts.
Eastern Suburbs made quick work of the small chase as recent England International Sam Robson hit an even 100 not out from 97 balls with eight fours and four sixers. Robson has now scored 195 runs in his last two trips to the crease. Simon Chu (60 not out from 45 balls) added support as the pair posted an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 130 to pass the required total one wicket down.
At Merrylands Oval, Ryan Farrell’s century for Manly-Warringah wasn’t enough to get his side victory against Parramatta. Manly-Warringah posted 6-227 on the strength of Farrell’s 105 from 141 balls with 11 fours and two sixes. However Parramatta made light work of the chase winning by six-wickets with 79 balls remaining. Half centuries to Brenton Cherry (54 from 57 balls), Ben Abbott (55 balls from 28 balls with six sixes) and Adam Turrell 58 not out from 48 balls helped the home side to victory.
Hawkesbury recorded its fourth win of the season courtesy of an exciting four-run win against Fairfield-Liverpool at Owen Earle Oval. Hawkesbury posted 6-208 from its 50 overs with Jordan Gauci the mainstay with (76 from 105 balls). In reply, Fairfield-Liverpool was restricted to 9-204 off its 50 overs with some accurate and economical bowling from Hawkesbury. Fairfield-Liverpool had two players scoring in the thirties and two players scoring in the twenties but was unable to have any batsman post a half century. In the round’s other results: Bankstown defeated Penrith by seven-wickets at Jensen Park, Gordon defeated Sutherland by three-wickets at Chatswood Oval, Mosman defeated UNSW by five-wickets in its clash at Alan Davidson Oval and Blacktown hung on for a two-wicket win against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park.
Northern District and Bankstown go into the Christmas/New Year break sharing the lead in the Belvidere Cup on 38 points with only 3 points separating the top six teams. Those teams
are third placed Gordon, fourth placed Sydney University, fifth placed Sydney and sixth placed Parramatta. Both Randwick Petersham (seventh) and eighth placed Eastern Suburbs are within striking distance of the top six.
The top batting performers at this stage of the season are: Josh Clarke (Hawkesbury) 860 runs at 78.2 Andrew Harriott (Northern District) 735 at 52.5 Nick Bertus (Parramatta) 735 at 52.5 The top bowling performers at this stage of the season are: Nic Bills (Sydney) 33 wickets at 23 Daniel Sams (Randwick Petersham) 30 at 19.6 Chris Green (Northern District) 26 at 21.9 Declan White (UNSW) 26 at 23.0 The competition for the Belvedere Cup will resume on the 7th January, 2017. For full scorecards, tables and statistics from the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Competition, please select from the menu.