A second-double century this season to Fairfield-Liverpool Captain Ben Rohrer has guided it to a three-wicket win against Northern District in Round 11 of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday.
Set a challenging 329 for victory on the back of Northern District’s Neil Kimberley 122 last Saturday, Fairfield-Liverpool was in trouble early on in the run chase.
It found itself 2-11 when Rohrer made his way out to the middle. A further two wickets fell before it had reached 100 as Northern District strengthened its grip on the game.
However Rohrer (201 not out from 231 balls) pushed on and found a partner in Jeremy Cashman (73) as the pair put on 182 for the fifth-wicket.
Rohrer then did the bulk of the run scoring as the visitors passed the required total seven wickets down in the 88th over.
Rohrer’s innings was his second double century of the season after scoring 205 not out in Round one against Randwick Petersham.
He is one of only five players to have scored two double centuries in a season joining Norbert Phillips (1929-1930), Don Bradman (1931-1932), Greg Mail (2009-2010) and Ryan Gibson (2015-2016).
The innings was also Rohrer’s 22nd century.
A five-wicket haul to Randwick Petersham’s Daniel Sams has helped it to a convincing 89-run victory over Manly-Warringah in its clash at Coogee Oval.
Manly-Warringah was in trouble resuming at 7-102 in pursuit of the home side’s 262 all out.
Ahillen Beadle (51) tried his best to keep the Randwick-Petersham bowlers at bay, but despite useful lower order contributions from Jake Carden (24) and Taylor Beatty (20 not out) they were dismissed for 171.
Sams was at his brilliant best again capturing figures of 5-45 off 15.1 overs including three maidens. Sams has now collected 41 wickets in all competitions at an average 19.9
It was Sam’s second five-wicket haul of the season.
At Joe McAleer Oval, veteran Greg Mail continued his good season for Sydney University, scoring an unbeaten 106 and leading his side to a five-wicket victory over Blacktown.
The visitors were set 357 for victory but made a positive start through NSW Blues squad members Nick Larkin (42) and Ed Cowan (79) who had an opening partnership of 101.
The students stuttered a little bit through the middle overs losing 3-44 to be 3-145. However Mail held firm in the middle-order striking a composed 106 not out off 142 balls with 11 boundaries. Sydney University collected victory in 92 overs which keeps it in first place in the Belvidere Cup with nine wins from 11 matches.
Mail’s century was the 44th of his career.
An Arjun Nair-inspired Hawkesbury team has recorded a 171-run thumping victory over Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval.
Nair who had top scored with 94 last Saturday as the visitors posted 396, did the damage with the ball picking up figures of 4-48 as Eastern Suburbs folded for 225 all out.
Hawkesbury used nine bowlers with only wicket keeper Corey Lowe and batsman Dale McKay not getting a bowl. It paid dividends for the visitors as it charged home for victory.
Easts had a few batsmen make starts but none of them were able to post the big score that the home side needed to record victory. Sam Robson (54) was the best of the Easts batsmen.
Nair bowled tirelessly for 25 overs to collect his wickets and the victory for his side which moves it up to 9th with six wins from its 11 games played so far.
A tenacious effort with the bat from Parramatta has seen it hold on for a thrilling draw against Sutherland at Old Kings Oval.
Chasing Sutherland’s 327, Parramatta survived to be 9-310 at the end of the day’s play.
It had lost its ninth wicket with the score at 295 but Adam Turrell (31 not out) and Mohammad Emran (4 not out) held firm to deny Sutherland victory.
Earlier in the day, Parramatta had set up an interesting day’s play as William Affleck (89), Ben Abbott (56) and Nicholas Bertus (54) all posted half-centuries.
Dan Fallins almost bowled Sutherland to victory with figures of 5-131 off 35 overs.
At Alan Davidson Oval, UNSW did an escape job to secure victory against Western Suburbs in a low-scoring encounter.
Chasing Wests 192 all out, UNSW resumed at a disastrous 4-25 and when middle-order batsman Nicholas Walker was dismissed for 18 the students fell to 5-39.
However they began to show fight in the middle and lower order as Ryan Patel (74) hit his first half-century for the season in First Grade as it pushed for victory. Patel lasted a titanic 176 deliveries and was in the middle for more than three and a half hours.
However when Patel fell with UNSW at 7-145 the match could have gone either way.
Wicket keeper Lewin Maladay (35 not out from 41 balls) and Marcus Atallah a patient 23 not out combined for an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 53 to guide UNSW to an enthralling victory.
In the round’s other fixtures: Sydney defeated Bankstown by 91-runs thanks in large part to Ben Manenti’s 4-41, Campbelltown-Camden recorded its first victory in the Belvidere Cup by three-wickets against Mosman after a consistent effort by its top order, Toby Lester’s 4-61 helped North Sydney to a 69-run win against Gordon at Chatswood Oval and St George’s bowlers helped the Saints to a 120-run drubbing of Penrith at Howell Oval in what was just St George’s fourth win of the season.