Hawkesbury’s Bailey Thompson produced just one of many brilliant displays by lower grade players in Round 11 of the Sydney Grade Competition.
Thompson collected figures of 6-22 off 17.2 overs in Fifth Grade against Eastern Suburbs in a low scoring encounter.
Having batted first and scored just 124, it faced an uphill battle to defend the total.
However Thompson put those fears to bed with an inspired effort as he destroyed the Eastern Suburbs top order. Easts could only score 84 as Thompson removed six of the first seven batsmen.
He was also extremely economical, having six maidens to go along with his six wickets.
Earlier on Thompson had scored an invaluable 20 for Hawkesbury to ensure it pushed its score up to 124.
Thompson has an impressive tally of 12 wickets in six matches in fifth grade at an average of 12.
Continuing the theme of bowlers having standout matches was Randwick Petersham’s Fourth Grade opening bowler Matthew Wallis. Wallis collected figures of 6-26 from 14 overs against Manly-Warringah at LM Graham Reserve.
The home side couldn’t deal with Wallis’ devastating bowling as it was bundled out for just 57.
After putting on 43 for the first wicket, Manly-Warringah collapsed to lose 10-14 on the back of Wallis and the fellow Randwick Petersham bowlers.
Randwick Petersham posted 6-197 declared and despite some good bowling in the second innings was not able to secure the outright victory.
Liam Gibson hit a masterful 148 not out to be one of the standout performers with the bat for Sydney against Bankstown at Drummoyne Oval in second grade.
Gibson innings came from just 193 balls and included 12 fours and five sixes.
Thanks to his aggressive batting, Sydney was able to declare its innings at 3-304 in the 67th over having previously dismissed Bankstown for 165.
Sending it back in Bankstown was dismissed for just 108 as Sydney secured the outright victory.
The century was Gibson’s first of the season and a break through innings having had eight single digit scores this season.
Rounding up the lower grade performances was Mosman’s Patrick Pisel. He posted 120 from 150 balls to guide his side to victory in second grade over Campbelltown-Camden.
Set 210 for victory, Mosman cruised on the back of Pisel’s innings and support from Anthony Adlam (98) as it scored 323 all out.
It searched in vain for the outright victory as Campbelltown-Camden posted 1-192 in its second innings.