Australian and NSW Blues batsman David Warner is expected to take the field, weather pending, for his first Premier Cricket match of the season in the First Grade Limited-Overs Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday.
After five rounds of Limited-Overs fixtures that also counted towards the overall Belvidere Cup, 20 teams become eight for this first weekend of Finals fixtures, with Warner available for third-placed Randwick Petersham to meet Gordon at Coogee Oval.
Weather could be a major determining factor in who progresses to the semi-finals with significant rainfall forecast for Sunday.
In the event of no play on Sunday, the teams who qualified for the Limited-Overs Finals in first to fourth place will progress to the semi-finals on 16 February, given their higher-placed finish.
Last season’s finalists Sydney University qualified in first place, two points clear of Sydney followed by Randwick Petersham in third and Penrith rounded out the top four.
Sydney University host eighth-placed Parramatta, at University Oval, in a replay of the 2017/18 Limited-Overs Cup Grand Final.
In the other quarter finals, Sydney meet seventh-placed Manly-Warringah at Joe McAleer Reserve and Penrith play Eastern Suburbs, who finished fifth just behind the Panthers on net run rate.
Warner, 33, has played 84 Tests for Australia since making his debut at the end of 2011, scoring 7,244 runs at an average just under 49, including 24 centuries and 30 half-centuries.
The prodigious opening batsman has also been a prominent figure in One Day Internationals, playing in 119 games for a return of 5,136 runs at a 46.27 average, hitting 18 hundred and 20 fifties.
Warner hit a career-best Test score of 335 not out against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval in November. It was the second highest individual score by an Australian batsman in a Test match, behind Matthew Hayden’s 380.
Blues and Sydney Thunder allrounder Daniel Sams is available to play alongside Warner for Randwick-Petersham.
Sams was the leading wicket-taker of the KFC Big Bash League this season with 30 wickets from 17 matches at the superb average of 15.37 and a best effort of 4-34.
The left-arm seamer took a crucial 3-26 from four overs during the eight-run victory in the knockout finals against the Adelaide Strikers last Saturday.
Blues captain Peter Nevill is available for Easts for their quarter-final against at Howell Oval.
Nevill will be back captaining the Blues in the Marsh Sheffield Shield next Friday against Victoria after starting the season unbeaten, with five wins and one draw, before the BBL season commenced.
Blues and Adelaide Strikers fast bowler Harry Conway is also available after his BBL commitments concluded last Saturday.
Blues contracted batsman, and Premier Cricket leading run-scorer, Ryan Gibson has been named for Penrith. Gibson has scored 895 runs this season from 17 innings at an average just below 56, scoring three centuries and a top score of 188.
Manly are expected to feature a host of Blues and Big Bash players for this clash against Sydney on Sunday. Blues and Sixers allrounder Jack Edwards, NSW fast bowlers Mickey Edwards and Ryan Hadley, as well as Thunder duo of spinner Chris Green and keeper-batsman Jay Lenton, are all expected to play.
Edwards scored 77 during the week for NSW Metro in the Toyota Second XI competition during in the victory over Tasmania in Hobart. Hadley took 3-23 for Metro in this match.
Blues and Sixers allrounder Hayden Kerr is available for the students. He made his BBL debut for the Sixers in December against Perth Scorchers at the SCG and played a total of five games.
Blues batsman Nic Bertus has been named to captain Parramatta.
MCDONALD’S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
First Grade Limited-Overs Cup
10:00am Sunday 9th February, 2020.
See full fixture details here.