Christmas came early for Western Suburbs Third Grade batsman Simon McInerney as he posted 108 from 111 balls and in the process helped his side to a 64-run win against Blacktown at Blick Oval.
McInerney’s innings included five fours and seven sixes in his 133 minute stay at the wicket. McInerney innings was even more vital considering the next highest score in the team was 19. He has also scored 170 runs in his last two innings having posted 62 a fortnight ago against Bankstown.
Randwick Petersham’s Andrew Balbirnie secured victory for his side in its Second Grade clash against North Sydney. Balbirnie hit a polished 90 not out to see his side home by six-wickets and get an important win in the clash at Petersham Oval. Balbirnie has had a real turn in fortunes over the last two games. Having scored 170 runs in his first seven innings, Balbirnie has now scored 211 runs the last two times he walked to the crease. He scored 121 last match against UNSW and followed up with his unbeaten half century on the weekend. Balbirnie will be hoping that the Christmas break won’t interrupt his good form.
There were some very good performances with the ball over the weekend as well but none much better than former West Indian quick Corey Collymore leaving a trail of disaster in his wake against Western Suburbs in second grade at Joe McAleer Oval. Collymore destroyed the top order and finished with remarkable figures of 4-4 from four overs with three maidens. Collymore removed four of the Western Suburbs top six batsmen as they were skittled for a meagre 79. Earlier on, Blacktown had amassed a mammoth 8-293 from 50 overs. Collymore has been in a rich vein of form this season taking 5-59 last game and collected another five wicket haul back in round four. He has 25 wickets at an average of 11 and a brilliant strike rate of just 22.
Elsewhere, Randwick Petersham’s Mitchell O’Loughlin took 5-25 in its fifth grade clash at Tunks Park against North Sydney. O’Loughlin’s haul came from just nine overs as North’s could muster just 136 all out. Randwick Petersham passed the total just three wickets down and with 16 overs to spare. O’Loughlin has already made an impressive start to his fifth grade career. Making his debut last round, Loughlin finished with three wickets for the match before last weekend triumphant performance. He already has 8 wickets for an average of 10 and a strike rate of less than 20.
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