A century from Randwick-Petersham’s English import Daniel Bell-Drummond allowed him to become the first player in 20 years to score six consecutive half-centuries during the first day of round seven of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.

Bell-Drummond, who plays for English Country Club Kent, made 131 from 160 balls, with 19 boundaries, against Blacktown Mounties at Joe McAleer Reserve. Rodney Davison was the last man to hit six straight NSW First-Grade half-centuries back in October-November 1999.  

The Englishman’s first century of the season and second in NSW First-Grade was the key performance in setting up Randwick-Petersham’s massive total of 6/407 (dec).

Teammate and opening-batsman William Affleck was the next highest score with 61 from 75 balls, hitting 10 fours. It was Affleck’s third consecutive half-century, and his fourth in six innings this season.

Harmon Sandhu took three wickets for Blacktown Mounties before his side ended the day on 0/39 from nine overs.

Penrith batsman Adam Bayliss scored his maiden First-Grade century on debut against Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval.

The son of former NSW Blues batsman and recent England World Cup winning Coach Trevor Bayliss, who presented Adam with his cap, scored 104 from 226 balls, hitting six boundaries and clearing the rope four times, to help get Penrith to 7/341 from 102 overs.

Bayliss shared a partnership of 153 with teammate Brent Williams (90) for the fifth-wicket.

Contracted Blues fast-bowler Chad Sammut took 2-54 from 10 overs for Fairfield-Liverpool in his return game after missing the previous three rounds through injury. Fellow contracted Blues off-spinning allrounders Arjun Nair and Param Uppal took a scalp each, along with Matt Critchley’s 2-96.

Parramatta opening-batsman Tim Ward batted throughout the entire day against UTS North Sydney to end it unbeaten on 113 from 279 balls, recording his fifth First-Grade century and second of this season. The innings took him past 2000 runs to 2043 at the average of 40.05.

Parramatta ended the day on 9/291 from 96 overs. Paceman James Campbell was the pick of the UTS North Sydney bowlers with 3-66 from 22 overs.

Blues allrounder Jack Edwards took 4-78 from 23 overs for Manly-Warringah to help bowl Campbelltown-Camden out for 236. The Ghosts then succeeded in ending the day on a high, knocking over Manly’s top order to leave them at 4/85 from 18.5 overs.

Sutherland made it to 9/299 from 96 overs against the bowling attack of Sydney at Drummoyne Oval, lead by Blues leg-spinning allrounder Daniel Fallins’ 78 from 144 balls, including 10 boundaries. 

Tim Doyle’s 71 from 110 balls, with 10 fours and a six, was the highest score of his three half-centuries this season. He has made it to double figures during all 13 of his innings this season, totalling 494 runs at just over 41.  

Sydney University knocked UNSW over for 133 from 53 overs, led by fast-bowler Joe Kershaw’s 4-33 from 12 overs. The student’s in reply comfortably surpassed this total, ending the day on 1/151 from 41 overs.

Ryan McElduff (59) and Damien Mortimer (62) made an unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 112.

Western Suburbs dominated Hawkesbury’s bowling attack, finishing the day on 6/303 from 97 overs. Captain Joshua Clarke top-scored with 96.

Eastern Suburbs bowled St George out for 208 in 79 overs, thanks to Marcus Atallah’s 4-41 from 16 overs, George Furrer’s 3-29 from 11 overs, and Henry Thornton’s 3-42 from 19 overs. The Dolphins are 2/40 in reply.

Bankstown was skittled for 218 after just over 67 overs, on the back of Nathan Doyle’s 4-48 from 17.1 overs and Charlie Stobo’s 3-56 from 22 overs for Gordon. Gordon is currently on 3/72 after 26 overs.

Mosman made 256 against Northern District with Harry Dalton top scoring, hitting 93 from 147 balls, including 13 fours and three sixes. Northern District paceman Scott Rodgie took 4-58 from 13 overs before his side finished the day on 2/61 after 16 overs.

NSW Premier Cricket - Round 7:

First Grade:

Randwick Petersham 6(dec)-407 (D Bell-Drummond 131 W Affleck 61 A Sams 59 R Ayre 51no D Sams 39 S Eaton 23 J Sangha 23 H Sandhu 3-110) v Blacktown Mounties 0-39 (T Brar 23no) at Joe McAleer Reserve,

- D Bell-Drummond and D Sams fourth-wicket partnership of 91

- R Ayre and A Sams sixth-wicket partnership of 90 

St George 208 (N Stapleton 47 B Nikitaras 42 A Whatley 34 L Bartier 26 M Atallah 4-41 G Furrer 3-29 H Thornton 3-42) v Eastern Suburbs 2-40 (T Armstrong 23) at Waverley Oval,

Penrith 7-341 (A Bayliss 104no B Williams 90 C Weir 42 T Liddiard 35 T Sargeant 31 C Sammut 2-54 M Critchley 2-96) v Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval,

- B Williams hit eight boundaries for his 90

Bankstown 218 (N Carruthers 70 J Lysaught 34 B Le Bas 23 N Doyle 4-48 C Stobo 3-56 R Meppem 2-17) v Gordon 3-72 (A Cahlin 27 R Tullia 26 M Bursa 2-14) at Chatswood Oval,

- C Stobo bowled six maidens during his 3-56

Campbelltown-Camden 236 (A Ison 65 S Skelly 45 H Swindells 30 J Simmons 21 W Salzmann 20 J Edwards 4-78 J Foster 2-28 M Visser 2-56) v Manly-Warringah 4-85 (J Lenton 54no) at Manly Oval,

- A Ison with 14 fours during his 65

Mosman 256 (H Dalton 93 L Shelton 63no A Doolan 29 S Rodgie 4-58 J Hiley 2-52 R Pawson 2-56) v Northern District 2-61 (B Davis 24) at Allan Border Oval,

- H Dalton and A Doolan fourth-wicket partnership of 113

- J Hiley bowled seven maidens for his 2-52

Parramatta 9-291 (T Ward 113no S Copperfield 60 L Dempsey 50 T Crittenden 25 J Campbell 3-66 O Knight 2-45 M Alexander 2-48) v UTS North Sydney at Old Kings Oval,

- T Ward hit eight boundaries during his 113no

- S Copperfield hit nine fours and a six during his 60

Sutherland 9-299 (D Fallins 78no T Doyle 71 A Bariol 45 J Leaning 26 A Glendenning 2-41 N Bills 2-63 R Felsch 2-71) v Sydney at Drummoyne Oval,

- A Bariol and A Fallins shared 86 runs for the seventh-wicket

- N Bills bowled seven maidens during his 2-63  

UNSW 133 (S Thanabalasingam 44no M Burgess 30 J Kershaw 4-33 D Holloway 2-25 B Joy 2-32) v Sydney University 1-151 (D Mortimer 62no R McElduff 59no V George 20) at David Phillips South,

- H Kerr bowled five maidens from 10 overs for his 0-9

- T Cummins took three catches for Sydney University as a substitute fielder

Western Suburbs 6-303 (J Clarke 96 N Cutler 86 C Hotham 65 A Isherwood 28no A Kherkhah 3-98) v Hawkesbury at Pratten Park.

- Opening stand of 99 by N Cutler and C Hotham

- Second-wicket partnership of 119 by N Cutler and J Clarke