Beware of the Crane

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A magnificent individual performance by Gordon’s English import Mason Crane has helped it to an absorbing 22-run-win over Parramatta at Chatswood Oval in Round nine of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Season. 
In the first match back from the Christmas break, Crane was at his best with both bat and ball scoring 51 from 55 balls and collecting 5-66 off ten overs with the ball.
After winning the toss and batting first, Gordon failed to build any meaningful partnerships and slipped to a precarious 6-103 with only Captain Steve Colley (60 from 78 balls) standing firm.
Enter Crane, who hit six fours in his 55-ball stay and pushed Gordon’s total to a respectable 217 when it was dismissed in the 48th over.

Not content with doing the damage with the bat, Crane continued his great season with the ball by collecting 5-66 and picking up the prized scalp of Trent Crittenden (64). With the loss of its top scorer, Parramatta wasn’t able to recover and lost 5-23 to be all out for 195. Crane now has 28 wickets on the season.

Continuing the good form of English players in this McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket round was Eastern Suburbs opening batsman Sam Robson who hit a polished 82 off 103 balls in his side’s 73-run win against Fairfield-Liverpool. Robson’s innings, along with 71 from Simon Chu off just 80 balls delivered Easts with 8-256 from its 50 overs the highest score of the round.
In reply, Fairfield-Liverpool had three players score in the forties but none was able to go on to a big score including Sydney Thunder and NSW Blues squad member Gurinder Sandhu who top scored with a run-a-ball 42 including two fours and two sixes. Fairfield-Liverpool was all out for 183, falling 67 runs short with Easts bowler Daniel Magin (4-34 from ten overs) the standout with the ball.

Half centuries to brothers Adam and James Crosthwaite has guided Manly-Warringah to a 49-run win against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park.
Adam (70 from 97 balls including three fours and two sixes) and James (50 off 57 balls with five fours and two sixes) laid the platform for the visitors to post 7-226 from its 50 overs.
In pursuit of this target, Western Suburbs could only post 177 despite Ned Eckersley anchoring 78 from 111 balls. Ahillen Beadle cleaned up the lower order with 4-19 off 4.4 overs and was supported by Matthew Alexander (3-28 from 8 overs).

At Allan Border Oval, Mosman recorded a thrilling four-run win against Blacktown.
Mosman posted 9-242, after initially making a good start at 0-60, it fell to 6-143 before Kurt Neely (50 not out from 75 balls including two sixes) and Donald Donaldson (40 from 38 balls with two fours and two sixes) pushed Mosman to a good total.
In reply, former Lancashire batsman Paul Horton (62) led the charge for Blacktown but wickets at regular intervals hurt the away side as they slipped to 7-170 with the loss of Horton. However a swashbuckling 45 not out from 38 balls by lower order batsman Daya Singh nearly pulled off the impossible before Mosman’s bowlers held its nerve to record a four-run win.

Sydney University recorded an emphatic ten-wicket win against Northern District in its clash at Sydney University Oval.
The bowlers did the damage for the students with Timothy Ley, Greg Mail, Devin Malone and Thomas Rogers all collecting two wickets a piece.
Sydney University made easy work of the chase with NSW Blues squad member Ed Cowan hitting a run-a-ball 74 not out including four sixes as they passed the required total with all wickets intact.

St George has its lower order batsmen to thank after they rescued it from a dreadful situation and then did the business with the ball in its 11-run win over North Sydney at North Sydney Oval on Saturday.
St George had a large number of their top order make starts, but none was able to make a meaningful contribution as they fell to 6-82.
Mitchell Edwards (51 not out from 52 balls) and Nathan Ellis (48) rebuilt the innings and powered it to an impressive 215 all out. Toby Lester playing in just his fifth First Grade game this season was the pick of the Norths bowlers with 4-41 from his nine overs.
In pursuit of 216, North Sydney had a similar problem to St George losing wickets consistently and slipping to 6-119. James Aitken (52 from 59 balls) gave Norths hope in the latter part of the day but they ultimately fell short as Luke Bartier (3-29) cleaned up the lower order and got a much needed victory for the Saints. The win was just St George’s third of the season.

In the round’s other fixtures: Randwick Petersham retained its spot in the top six with a four-wicket win over Bankstown thanks to in-form Adam Semple (3-25 from 8 overs) and 22 not out with the bat, Campbelltown-Camden remain winless with a six-wicket defeat to Penrith, Hawkesbury won a nail-biter over Sydney by two-wickets and Sutherland eased to a six-wicket win over UNSW at Alan Davidson Oval.

For full scorecards, tables and statistics from the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Competition, please visit http://www.premier.nsw.cricket.com.au

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