Former NSW Blues wicketkeeper-batsman and Sydney captain Daniel Smith is expected to play his 300th First Grade match this Saturday during round 10 of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Former Australian Test seamer Trent Copeland is also among several contracted NSW Blues available this Saturday, which also serves as round five of the Limited-Overs Cup.
Two of the 10 scheduled matches have been abandoned due to the much-needed rain in recent days. Penrith and top of the table Sydney University, as well as Sutherland and Blacktown Mounties, have both been cancelled.
The inclement weather is likely to cause significant delays across First Grade and further abandonments in some matches.
Smith, who led Sydney to a second Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup title in three seasons last Sunday, will play his milestone match against UNSW, who achieved their first win of the season against Gordon last round.
Smith, 37, made the highest score in a First Grade T20 Final during a Player of the Match performance last Sunday. The right-hander smashed 89 from 47 balls.
Copeland has been named in the St George team to take on Campbelltown-Camden at Hurstville Oval. Copeland represented Australia in three Tests on the tour of Sri Lanka in 2011.
The veteran claimed two wickets during the win over Mosman last Saturday.
English import Daniel Bell-Drummond is expected to take the field for Randwick-Petersham as they play Mosman at Allan Border Oval.
Bell-Drummond has been in superb form since joining the team earlier in the season. He is third on the Premier Cricket run-scorers table with 733 runs from 11 innings at an average a tick under 67, including two centuries and six half-centuries, and a top score of 131.
Contracted Blues left-arm fast bowler Greg West has been named for Mosman. West took 3-23 last Saturday in the loss to St George.
Blues contracted pairing of off spinning-allrounder Param Uppal, and fast-bowler Chad Sammut, have been named for Fairfield-Liverpool for their match against Hawkesbury at Rosedale Oval. Captain Uppal took two scalps last round against Sydney.
NSW Blues batsman Daniel Solway has been named as captain for Bankstown as they take on Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval. Solway made a century on debut for the Blues against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval in early November and has played a total of four Shield matches for the Blues.
Sixers fast bowler Henry Thornton has been named for Eastern Suburbs.
Blues batsman and Parramatta skipper Nicholas Bertus has been named for the match against Northern District at Old Kings Oval. Bertus has played four First-Class matches for the Blues after making his debut in March 2019 against Tasmania in Hobart.
The 26-year-old made his Limited-Overs debut for the Blues in September during the Marsh Cup game against Queensland in Brisbane and played in a further four matches.
Manly-Warringah play UTS North Sydney at Manly Oval. Blues contracted fast-bowler Ryan Hadley has been named for Manly after taking 2-57 during the loss to Blacktown Mounties last round.
Norths fast-bowler Matthew Alexander is second on the Premier Cricket wickets table, taking 38 scalps from 15 matches at a superb average a tick under 19, and a best of 7-38.
Western Suburbs play Gordon at Pratten Park. Each club is placed at 11th and 12th on the table respectively and need a win to stay alive this season.
MCDONALD’S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
10:00am Saturday 18th January 2020
See full fixture details here.