Jason Sangha has continued his development as one of the most promising young batsmen in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition, which headlined a number of notable performances to complete the final day of round two fixtures on Saturday.
Sangha was the stand-out performer for Randwick-Petersham, in its two-wicket victory on the first innings over Mosman, posting his maiden First Grade century. No younger player has scored more runs when making their debut hundred.
His 162 not out from 235 deliveries was crucial in the context of a match that went right down to the wire. In an innings which featured 25 fours and one six, it was Sangha’s knock that ultimately guided the team to victory chasing down a target of 344. Shaun Eaton, 64, and Anthony Sams, 50, were two of only four other batsmen for Randwick-Petersham to reach double figures.
In April 2016, the now 18-year-old became the youngest player ever to be given a rookie contract by Cricket NSW. The century was in some ways reminiscent of the 102 Sangha scored for the Australian under 19 team in Dubai during January of that year. On that occasion, the Australians were dismissed for 206 and the next highest score was 18.
Due to NSW and Australian age group commitments limiting his First Grade appearances since his debut in February 2016, this milestone effort against Mosman came in just his 18th innings in the top grade. After a second ball duck in the opening match of the season, it was the perfect tonic for his disappointment.
Penrith middle-order batsman, Brent Williams, experienced a similar scenario putting the first round behind him to bring up his debut century.
Williams lasted just one ball against Manly-Warringah before being dismissed without scoring, but turned around his fortunes against Parramatta with 119. However, Penrith fell 53 runs short of the 6/398 set by Parramatta, with Ben Martin stepping up to the mark for the hosts taking 4-72 from 31 overs.
The highest individual score of the weekend was posted by Matt Rodgers, 178 not out, opening the batting for Sydney as they climbed the mountain to pass 342 and defeat Hawkesbury. His innings lasted nearly six hours at the crease and consisted of 22 boundaries. He scored more than half the runs for his side in the six wicket triumph on the first innings.
If the chase by Sydney climbed a mountain, then Campbelltown-Camden conquered Mount Everest. Centuries by Luke Ohrynowsky, 141, and captain Harmon Sandhu, 108, for Fairfield-Liverpool on the previous Saturday were pivotal in a total of 8/378 giving the Ghosts a massive task.
However, Campbelltown-Camden were up to the assignment. Opener Aaron Yabsley set the tone wasting no time getting established with 72 from 79 balls, which included a stand of 88 with Philip Wells (82). However, it was the partnership of 141 between Jaydyn Simmons (78*) and captain Jarrad Burke (61*) which clinched victory. Despite no batsman going on to make three figures, five of the six batsman scored fifties in the six wicket win on the first innings.
More runs were scored at Chatswood Oval with Harry Evans scoring 113 from 178 deliveries helping secure the points for Gordon against Western Suburbs. It was the eighth first grade century for Evans and his first since returning from Tasmania where he spent the last two seasons.
Gordon batted the whole day to finish at 8/377 in response to the first innings Western Suburbs’ total of 241. Bowler Jonathan Cook added some pride to the Magpies’ performance with 5-102.
Sydney University once again announced themselves as contenders with a dominant display at Sydney University Oval. Blacktown were routed for 65 in the first innings with Tim Ley taking the impressive figures of 6-18 from 10 overs.
However, Blacktown avoided the outright loss recovering somewhat during the second innings to remain 7/221 at the end of the day. Joe Kershaw picking up 3-66 for University to go with his 2-2 in Blacktown’s first innings.
At Glenn McGrath Oval, Sutherland capitalised on an enormous score of 9/427 the previous week, to bowl St George out for 274 and regain the Norm O’Neill Cup. New South Wales Blues’ bowler Trent Copeland (72) top scored for the visitors and young Austin Waugh showed some more of his potential returning figures of 3-25 for Sutherland. However, the highlight of the match and perhaps the round, was the 184 from 151 balls amassed by former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson that led to the enormous total on the first day.
In other results, Manly-Warringah secured top spot on the ladder with a first innings win over Northern District with captain Chris Green returning figures of 5-42 for the victors. Bankstown likewise took the points against North Sydney, and Eastern Suburbs kept UNSW winless comfortably defeating the students on the first innings.