Penrith have remained on top of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket ladder with its fourth consecutive victory completed on Saturday in round four.

Leg-spinners Devlin Malone and, Blues’ and Sutherland tweaker Daniel Fallins, also continued their terrific start to the season with a pair of five-wicket hauls on Saturday.

The convincing 179-run first innings victory for Penrith over St George at Howell Oval was established on the first Saturday when in reply to a massive total of 5/420, the visitors were 5/20.

Despite a recovery by St George on the second Saturday, courtesy of centurion Matthew Hopkins (110 not out) at No. 9 and NSW Blues’ batsman Kurtis Patterson (56), in the unfamiliar spot of No. 8, Penrith careered away with the first innings points. The visitors were bowled out for 241.

Ryan Smith led the way with the ball for the victors. The Penrith opening bowler claimed 5-72 from 25 overs. Panthers’ batsman Cameron Weir scored an emphatic 180 from 204 balls in the first innings to set up the win.

Malone (5-64) was pivotal to the 89-run first innings win for Sydney University over Fairfield-Liverpool to move the students into second place on the ladder after round four.

Fairfield-Liverpool was bowled out for 206 in response to 9/295 declared.

Malone claimed his second five-wicket haul of the season on Saturday to take him to the top of the list of leading wicket takers in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.

He now has 17 wickets for the season at the remarkable average of 11.71. His other five-wicket haul came against Eastern Suburbs in round one. He collected 6-73 in that match.

Fallins is not that far behind Malone on the list of leading wicket takers after he also claimed his second five-wicket haul for the season on Saturday.

The Blues’ leg-spinner claimed 5-88 in the outright victory for Sutherland over Hawkesbury at Glenn McGrath Oval. He has collected 14 scalps at 19.43 so far this season.

Sutherland resumed on the second Saturday of round four at 0/206 in reply to 144. Despite the early loss of both openers, captain Chris Williams (81) and centurion Jarryd Biviano (114), the hosts added 102 runs in fast time before the skipper declared at 4/308 leading by 164.

Steve Smith (26 from 22), Sydney Thunder captain Shane Watson (31 from 24) and Jamie Brown (32 not out from 14) all made quick fire contributions to increase the lead.

Fallins then combined with ACT/NSW Country fast bowler Tom Pinson (4-71) to claim nine of the 10 Hawkesbury wickets to fall in the second innings as the visitors were bowled out for 246. Josh Clarke (88) was a stand out for Hawks.

Pinson also claimed 4-26 in the first innings to finish with eight wickets for the match.

Sutherland required 83 for outright points and finished the task within just nine overs. Watson top-scored in the second innings with a rapid 45 from 23 balls.

The men from the Shire finished 1/84 to post its first win of the season.

Marcus Atallah was excellent with ball in hand for UNSW in its 31-run first innings victory over Bankstown.

Atallah bowled an amazing 37 overs on Saturday and returned 6-94 including allrounder Nathan McAndrew (79) who held the key for Bankstown in its pursuit for a first innings win at Bankstown Oval.

The dismissal of McAndrew was a significant setback as Bankstown lost 5/55 to fall short. The home side was bowled out for 268 in reply to 299.

Sydney opening batsman Liam Scott, 17, fell just one run short of a century on debut in his side’s six-wicket first innings win against Northern District at Mark Taylor Oval.

He claimed the unfortunate record of becoming the only debutant to suffer such a fate in the history of the First Grade competition. Sydney finished the match at 4/260 after Northern District was dismissed for 256 on the first Saturday.

Fellow opener Axel Cahlin made his second century of the season for Gordon in a draw against UTS North Sydney at Chatswood Oval. Gordon finished the day at 8/369 after North Sydney earlier declared at 8/408.

Cahlin scored 103 from 150 balls and shared a huge 172-run partnership for the second wicket with Harry Evans (74). Matthew Junk claimed 5-105 for the hosts.

It was the fourth century for Cahlin in his last nine First Grade innings stretching back to last season. The knock also moved the Gordon opener to fourth on the list of leading run-scorers in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket with 282 runs at 94.

He is 47 runs behind Randwick Petersham opening batsman David Warner at the top of that list. 

Warner had amassed 329 runs at the exceptional average of 109.67, including two scores in excess of 150, by the end of round four.

One of those dominant centuries was made in the 58-run first innings victory for Randwick Petersham over Western Suburbs in round four completed on Saturday at Pratten Park.

Warner hit 157 from 259 deliveries in a huge total of 6/350 declared for Randwick Petersham. In reply, Western Suburbs was dismissed for 292. Joel Abraham made 104 from 184 balls at the top of the order for the hosts in the loss.

Blues’ and Thunder left-arm quick Daniel Sams (3-41) took him past 250 First Grade wickets to 252 scalps at 22.65.

Western Suburbs batsman Jason Hughes (38) also brought up an important milestone in his career during the match. He passed 4,000 runs and now has a career tally of 4,015 runs at 34.02 including four centuries and 26 half-centuries.

Mosman defeated Manly-Warringah by 151 runs on the first innings at Allan Border Oval.

The home side declared at 9/310 on the second Saturday in reply to 159 made by Manly in the first innings. In pursuit of outright victory, however Mosman was thwarted by an unbeaten 174-run opening partnership between Logan Weston (106 not out) and Ryan Farrell (52 not out).

It was the maiden First Grade century for Weston in his 18th match in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.

Mosman wicketkeeper, batter Ashley Doolan fell just two runs shy of his first century for the season in the win for the Whales.

Parramatta comprehensively defeated Blacktown on the first innings at Old Kings Oval. The hosts declared at 6/300 on Saturday in response to 126 and the visitors finished the match at 3/155 to avoid outright defeat.

After Parramatta resumed on Saturday at 2/183, Will Affleck continued on his merry way from his overnight score of 50 not out before he was another batsman to be dismissed within two runs of his century.

The knock took Affleck past 3,000 First Grade runs to 3,010 at 33.44. He combined for a valuable 136-run partnership with Trent Crittenden (71) that was key to the win for Parramatta.

Parramatta could not dislodge either Blacktown batsmen Toby Flynn-Duncombe (60 not out) or Anjan Oberai (56) in search of outright points.

In other matches, Campbelltown-Camden drew with Eastern Suburbs.

 

McDonald's NSW Premier Cricket:

First Grade - Round 4:

 

UNSW 299 (M Gilkes 128 H McLean 48no D White 35 J Byrnes 33 M Atallah 30 L Marshall 3-46 B Taylor 2-48 R Williams 2-61 N McAndrew 2-83) bt Bankstown 268 (N McAndrew 79 N Carruthers 35 P Dignam 29 B Taylor 23 M Stretton 20 M Waite 20 M Atallah 6-94 D White 3-54) at Bankstown Oval,

 

Campbelltown-Camden 5-358 (A Yabsley 138 J Browne 73 O Robinson 58 J Cormack 53no G Furrer 2-68 A Nijjar 2-70) drew Eastern Suburbs (ground unfit for play due to overnight rain) at Raby 1,

 

Gordon 8-369 (A Cahlin 103 S Colley 75 H Evans 74 T Crawford 33 E Richtor 20 R Aitken 2-54 J Campbell 2-62 M Alexander 2-72) drew UTS North Sydney 8(dec)-408 (A Crosthwaite 127 B Bryant 72 T Jagot 67 J Crosthwaite 48 R Van Kemenade 33 M Junk 5-105) at Chatswood Oval,

 

Mosman 9(dec)-310 (A Doolan 98 A Adlam 51 J Turner 45 S Rodgie 40 P Pisel 27 N Hinton 26 J Carden 3-27 M Visser 3-85 C Green 2-39) bt Manly-Warringah 159 (R Farrell 62 J Foster 28 L Weston 27 G West 5-45 L Shelton 4-36) and 0(dec)-174 (L Weston 106no R Farrell 52no) at Allan Border Oval,

 

Sydney 4-260 (L Scott 99 M Rodgers 59 S Eskinazi 25no S Hassan 24 A Mosca 23 T Felton 2-51) bt Northern District 256 (N Smith 63no Z Honeybrook 29 D Anderson 28 C Taylor 28 T Felton 23 H Manenti 3-46 B Manenti 3-68 A Glendenning 2-30) at Mark Taylor Oval,

 

Parramatta 6(dec)-300 (W Affleck 98 T Crittenden 71 B Abbott 68 M Day 3-70) bt Blacktown 126 (M Day 32 D Nicotra 27 J Newton 22no B Martin 5-41 J White 2-19 S Copperfield 2-39) and 3-155 (T Flynn-Duncombe 60no A Oberai 56 B Martin 2-29) at Old Kings Oval,

 

Penrith 5(dec)-420 (C Weir 180 B Williams 90 J DiBartolo 63 T Liddiard 54no N Stapleton 3-77 T Ortiz 2-80) bt St George 241 (M Hopkins 110no K Patterson 56 R Smith 5-72 M Collins 2-30) at Howell Oval,

 

Sutherland 4(dec)-308 (J Biviano 114 C Williams 81 J Brown 32no S Watson 31 S Smith 26 P Lawrence 3-79) and 1-84 (S Watson 45 J Biviano 27no) bt Hawkesbury 144 (P Forrest 43 D Mckay 22 T Wilson 21 T Pinson 4-26 S Smith 3-34 J Brown 2-40) and 246 (J Clarke 88 J Wholohan 41 R Mizzi 36 P Lawrence 26 D Fallins 5-88 T Pinson 4-71) outright at Glenn McGrath Oval,

 

Sydney University 9(dec)-295 (B Trevor-Jones 124 T Cummins 55 D Holloway 48 N Walker 22 H Sandhu 5-46 J Baraba 3-49) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 206 (L Ohrynowsky 58 J Cashman 36no H Sandhu 35 D Malone 5-64 T Ley 2-23 D Holloway 2-40) at University Oval,

 

Randwick Petersham 6(dec)-350 (D Warner 157 S Chhibber 108 A Kemp 27no A Sams 22 R Ayre 20 J Cook 3-115) bt Western Suburbs 292 (J Abraham 104 J Psarakis 78 J Hughes 38 D Singh 3-37 D Sams 3-41 S Eaton 2-50 A Semple 2-50) at Pratten Park.

 

Standings:

Penrith 25 Sydney University 20 Parramatta 19 Randwick Petersham 19 UNSW 19 Sydney 19 Northern District 13 Mosman 13 Bankstown 12 Western Suburbs 12 Sutherland 10 Eastern Suburbs 8 UTS North Sydney 7 Blacktown 7 Manly-Warringah 6 Gordon 2 Campbelltown-Camden 2 St George 1 Hawkesbury 1 Fairfield-Liverpool 0.