Eastern Suburbs’ Ian Moran became only the second player in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket to pass 13,000 runs on Saturday and it was among numerous milestones to be reached by some of the competition’s best players.
Moran consolidated his position as the second all-time run-scorer behind former NSW Blues’ and Sydney University batsman, Greg Mail, for most career runs scored in the Sydney First Grade competition.
His 69 from 105 deliveries on Saturday took him to a remarkable 13,058 runs at a career average of 34.82. This includes 18 centuries and 76 half-centuries.
Mail scored an astonishing 15,242 runs during his 383 innings in Sydney First Grade Cricket. He averaged 46.32 in that time and amassed an incredible 44 centuries.
The Moran knock capped off an ideal start to Eastern Suburbs’ match against Sydney at Waverley Oval with Angus Robson the stand out at No. 3 for the Dolphins.
Robson was exceptional in his innings of 156 not out from 286 balls. The knock took him to 454 runs in his last six innings for Eastern Suburbs at an average of 151.33.
Together with Moran, Robson shared in a 126-run partnership to provide the basis for a significant first day total of 7/369. Nic Bills was the best of the Sydney bowlers. He claimed 3-65 from 22 overs.
It was also a day of milestones for Western Suburbs captain Jonathan Cook, who became the first bowler to collect 50 wickets this season, and in the process, took him past 100 career scalps.
The leg-spinner, who is a product of Illawarra Cricket and represented NSW Country in 2014-15, returned 5-85 against Penrith on Saturday which was his seventh five-wicket haul of his career and fifth of the season. The haul regained his place as the leading wicket taker in the competition.
Since beginning his career in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket mid-way through the 2015-16 campaign, Cook has taken 104 wickets at 18.04 with best figures of 6-90 against Northern District earlier this season.
Western Suburbs are 0/46 in reply to 9/269 declared compiled by Penrith. Promising young opening batsman Ryan Hackney (59) top-scored for the Panthers. Blues batsman Ryan Gibson made 27 at No. 3.
Mosman captain Scott Rodgie was another to post a number of milestones on Saturday. He went past 1,000 runs for the season with his third century of the campaign, and became the first player in the history of the club to achieve such a feat.
His 126 from 203 balls broke a 76-year-old club record for the Whales previously set by great Australian batsman Stan McCabe in 1941-42. McCabe made 985 runs during that season.
Rodgie was in complete control against Gordon at Chatswood Oval guiding his team to a total of 6/358. The innings took the Whales’ top-order batsman to 1,017 runs for the season.
Mosman middle order batsman Matthew Day (66) also went past 5,000 career runs during the innings.
A 180-run stand between Rodgie and Patrick Pisel (88) was key to the Mosman first innings performance.
Fairfield-Liverpool veteran Anthony Clark showed age was no barrier to scoring runs in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, as the 40-year-old produced his second century of the season against North Sydney. He scored 120 from 199 balls.
Jeremy Cashman (47) was the only other batsman to pass 30 runs or more for the visitors.
Fairfield-Liverpool was bowled out for 282 at North Sydney Oval, and in response, the Bears are 0/22.
It remains evenly balanced at Manly Oval between the hosts and Parramatta. Manly-Warringah finished 9-303 at stumps on Saturday with Ahillen Beadle (60) leading the way in the middle order.
Opening batsman James Crosthwaite (46), Blues reserve gloveman Jay Lenton (45), and Sydney Thunder all-rounder and Manly captain Chris Green (45), all contributed with some valuable runs for the home side.
Luke Dempsey (3-46) returned the best figures for Parramatta. Scott Copperfield (2-45), Owen Simonsen (2-75) and Ben Martin (2-77) were the other three bowlers to share in the wickets.
The two scalps for Copperfield took his season tally to 32 wickets at 25.7.
The match between traditional rivals UNSW and equal ladder leaders Sydney University at Alan Davidson Oval is evenly poised heading into next Saturday after Nic Selman (131) produced his fourth century of the season.
The UNSW opener went to 904 runs at an average of 69.5 with that knock. It was the second highest score for Selman for the season thus far.
UNSW finished at 7/286 at stumps. Jude Fernandopulle complemented the impressive innings by Selman with a composed 42 from 102 balls. Sydney University opening bowler Tim Ley (3-38) claimed best figures for the visitors.
Sydney University wicketkeeper Tim Cummins continued his great run of form behind the stumps. He claimed three catches on Saturday to take him to 33 dismissals for the season, level with Sydney’s Beau McClintock mid-way through round 13.
Sutherland went into its match against Hawkesbury at Owen Earle Oval in a share of first place on the table with Sydney University, and like the students’ match against UNSW, its match hangs in the balance after the first day.
Sutherland opener Jarryd Biviano (95) fell just five runs short of his second century of the season. Jamie Brown (79) was next best for the visitors as they finished 8/286 at stumps.
The innings took Brown to 902 runs for the season at 47.5. It was the fourth time he had passed 50 since the Christmas break. This also included two centuries.
The Sutherland No. 3 has three centuries this season, since his maiden century for the campaign of 101 from 113 deliveries against Penrith in round 8.
Hawkesbury leg-spinner Usman Qadir, the son of famous Pakistan tweaker Abdul Qadir, kept his excellent wicket-taking run going against the men from the Shire.
The Pakistan leggie claimed 3-111 from 34 overs. It took his season total to 39 wickets in only 13 matches at 20.1. He averages exactly three wickets per match for the Hawks.
In other matches, Bankstown made 233 (K Brockley 73, NJ McAndrew 37, S Skelly 4-33) against Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Oval No. 1, Blacktown are 1/58 (D Nictora 41 not out) in reply to Northern District 218 (JR Pattison 55, DA Anderson 49, R Hadley 4-56), and Randwick Petersham bowled out St George for 325 (M Gray 72, O Robinson 71, JJ Bohannon 3-31, G West 3-52).