Randwick Petersham was this week awarded the 2019/20 Belvidere Cup with the remainder of the McDonald’s Men’s NSW Premier Cricket season cancelled on medical advice.
On Tuesday, a meeting of Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon, Sydney Cricket Association Chairman Graham Gorrie, NSW Districts Cricket Association Chairman Morris Iemma and Country Cricket Chairman Paul Marjoribanks unanimously agreed to halt their competitions in response to the current coronavirus health crisis.
As a result, the SCA determined that premiership titles will be awarded to the Minor Premier in each of the five Grades, after the regular season rounds ended last Saturday.
The Finals series will no longer proceed.
Randwick Petersham finished 11 points clear of second-placed Sydney University after 15 rounds with six One-Day matches and nine two-day fixtures played by each club in every Grade.
The premiers won 11 of their 15 matches including two outright victories to finish nearly two wins ahead of Sydney University, who registered 10 wins, but all on first innings along with four draws.
Both Randwick Petersham and Sydney University were the two prominent clubs for the majority of the season. The two teams also met in the First Grade Limited-Overs Grand Final won by the students by 81 runs at University Oval.
The First Grade captaincy at Randwick Petersham was shared throughout the season between emerging NSW Blues batsman Jason Sangha and seamer Daya Singh.
For Sangha, 20, it was his best season in the top grade with bat in hand. The right hander scored 914 First Grade runs at the impressive average of 70.31 including a highest score of 138.
The leading run-scorer for the competition was fellow contracted Blues batsman Ryan Gibson who amassed 982 runs at an average near 50, and strike rate exceeding 100, for defending premiers Penrith.
That included three centuries and a highest score of 188 from 134 balls during a limited-overs match at North Sydney Oval.
Leading wicket taker in the top grade was fast bowler Nic Bills. He claimed 50 First Grade wickets in a season, for the second time in his career, finishing with 51 scalps at 22.29 and best figures of 6-46 against Parramatta during round two.
UTS North Sydney seamer Matt Alexander was second on the list with 48 wickets.
The Randwick Petersham side also included the BBL leading wicket taker this season, Sydney Thunder left-arm seamer Daniel Sams, who played 15 Premier Cricket matches across the T20, limited overs and two-day formats.
Sams, 27, took 30 Big Bash scalps this season for the Thunder at an average of 15. He plays alongside brother and wicketkeeper-batsman Anthony Sams at Randy Petes.
English County batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond was also key to the success of Randwick Petersham this season before he headed back to the UK in mid-February.
In his second season with Randy Petes, the 26-year-old from Kent scored 841 runs at 52.56 including two centuries. It followed 356 in eight matches during 2018/19 at an average of 59.33.
Bankstown was declared NSW Premier Cricket Club Champions. Points for the Club Championship were earned across the five grades, the First Grade Limited-Overs Cup, Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup, Under 21 Poidevin Gray-Shield and Under 16 AW Green Shield.
Bankstown was also declared the Second Grade champions, claiming the Albert Cup, after finishing as the minor premiers.
The following clubs were declared the premiers in all other Grades:
Third Grade (Mitchell Cup) – Sydney University
Fourth Grade (Reid Cup) – Sydney University
Fifth Grade (David Sherwood Cup) – UTS North Sydney
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