Wicket-keeper batsman Nick Bertus finished one run short of yet another century after suffering a delayed concussion in NSW Metro’s Toyota Futures League clash with Western Australia at Blacktown International Sports Park.
He was struck while batting on Tuesday and examined by medical staff, who cleared him to continue. However he felt worse at tea and was examined again, with medical staff ruling him out of the match.
Bertus will be replaced by a concussion sub who is yet to be named.
Responding to WA’s first innings total of 188, NSW Metro posted 248 to take a 60 run lead into the second innings.
Bertus and Param Uppal (55) were the standout performers for NSW Metro in bowler friendly conditions at Blacktown.
Bertus currently has 401 runs at 100.25 in the first five rounds of McDonald’s Premier Cricket, including 206 not out against Bankstown in the last completed round.
He also scored 128 not out for NSW Metro in the opening Futures League match against ACT/NSW Country last month.
Steve O’Keefe had a planned withdrawal after the first innings in his first match since suffering a broken finger in McDonald’s Premier Cricket.
He will train with the Blues on Wednesday and Thursday in the hope of proving his fitness for the JLT Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at North Sydney Oval, beginning on Friday.