Records Tumble as O’Keefe Runs Riot



It was a special weekend for Manly-Warringah’s Stephen O’Keefe in Round 10 of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season.
The Sydney Sixers and NSW Blues squad member took phenomenal match figures of 13-96 for Manly-Warringah against Campbelltown-Camden at Manly Oval including 9-54 in the first innings. O’Keefe also took the catch in the first innings to remove the other wicket which saw him involved in all ten wickets to fall.
O’Keefe became just the fourth player in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket to take nine wickets in an innings and a hand in the other dismissal
On the strength of O’Keefe’s first innings bowling performance, Manly-Warringah was able to dismiss Campbelltown-Camden for just 139. In reply the home side posted 5-147 declared with Adam Crosthwaite (79) leading the way.
Batting again Campbelltown-Camden again had no answers to the Manly-Warringah attack as it was dismissed for 138 as O’Keefe (4-42) took his tally to 13 wickets for the match and Michael Visser (5-33) got in on the act. Manly-Warringah then chased down the 134 required for an outright victory three wickets down.


Joe Denly of Sydney Cricket Club amassed the highest score in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition for a English County professional player scoring 222 to help his side to a comfortable 147-run defeat of Northern District at Mark Taylor Oval.
Denly who plays for Kent in the English County Championship, surpassed Nicholas Browne who scored 206 last season for Mosman against Sydney University.
Denly was the mainstay of the Sydney innings scoring his 222 from 259 balls with 19 fours and five sixes. It was Denly’s second century of the season after hitting 161 against Manly-Warringah back in round seven.
He was supported in the lower order by Ben Manenti (59 off 33 balls) as it pushed its total to 8-393 declared.

Despite an inspired century by Northern District Captain Andrew Harriott (139), no one was able to support him with Tom Felton (42) the next best contributor. For Harriott, it was his fourth century of the season and takes his run tally to 886 runs from 10 First Grade games and seven T20 matches. Harriott has been in sublime touch adding a further four half centuries to go with his four centuries.
Northern District was bundled out for 246, with Sydney’s Nick Bills continuing his splendid season by collecting 5-59 off 21.3 overs including five maidens. Bills’ tally of 40 wickets in all formats displays his consistent form with the ball.


Sydney University cruised to victory at Glenn McGrath Oval against Sutherland on the back of twin centuries to NSW Blues squad members Ryan Carters and Nick Larkin.
Carters posted 167 not out from 229 balls with 22 boundaries, whilst Larkin opening the innings amassed 129 with 19 fours and one six in his 220-minute stay at the crease. Larkin’s rich vein of form has seen him post four centuries (including one double-century) and one half-century during the season for a total of 855 runs at an average of 77.70

On the strength of these knocks, the students were able to post 5-395 declared.

In reply, Ben Joy (5-53) ran through the home side who was dismissed for 279 with Peter Saroukos (67) and Daniel Fallins (64) adding some respectability to the score.
Gordon achieved a first innings victory over Mosman at Allan Border Oval, with English import Mason Crane again in the thick of the action.
One week removed from his match winning 5-66 and 51 in Round 9, Crane followed this up with even better figures of 7-93 as Mosman was bowled all out for 226 and then posting 52 with the bat in Gordon’s first innings total of 343.
Going for an unlikely outright victory, Mosman denied the visitors by posting 3-197 at the end of the day’s play as Scott Rodgie 79 not out held firm in the Mosman middle order.


A polished 94 from NSW Blues squad member Trent Copeland wasn’t enough to get St George victory in its clash against UNSW at Hurstville Oval.
Copeland batting at number five in the batting order, was one of the few Saints batsmen to post a big score as no less than four batsmen was dismissed in their 20’s.
He lasted 143 deliveries and hit 10 fours to go with two sixes. Darius Visser then slammed 46 not out from 22 balls with eight fours and one six as St George moved its total to 8-286 declared from 96 overs.

In reply UNSW pulled off a three-wicket win with David Dawson anchoring the chase with a patient 112 not out from 232 deliveries as UNSW scored 7-288 in 88 overs.
Dawson was assisted by Nicholas Walker (52) and Ryan Patel (33) as the visitors secured a valuable win. It was Dawson’s first century of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season.


At Howell Oval, Penrith pulled off a nail-biting five-run win against the visiting Fairfield-Liverpool.
Earlier on Penrith had posted 9-284 declared with Ryan Hackney (62) and Jake Wholohan (60 not out) pushing it to a defendable total.
NSW Blues squad member Gurinder Sandhu collected figures of 6-92 for Fairfield-Liverpool.
At 6-252 in reply it appeared as if the visitors might be able to pull off the win, but as the overs dwindled and wickets fell the pressure got to Fairfield-Liverpool who was dismissed for 279 just six runs short of the target. Brenton Loudon took 4-60 for Penrith.


In the round’s other fixtures: Blacktown defeated Eastern Suburbs by five-wickets thanks to 86 not out to Paul Horton, Western Suburbs defeated Hawkesbury by 76-runs as Adrian Isherwood scored 67 and took three wickets, Bankstown defeated North Sydney by seven-runs despite Norths Toby Lester collecting 5-75 with the ball and Parramatta defeated Randwick Petersham on first innings with Parramatta fast bowler Ben Martin collecting seven wickets for the match.

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Photo Credit: Ian Bird Sports Photography



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