Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis are among numerous New South Wales Blues’ players to feature in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday, as the race for the finals heats up in the penultimate round.
Abbott will play for the Parramatta side to take on Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval. Will Somerville is on stand-by for Eastern Suburbs pending the selection of the final XI for the NSW Blues Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the SCG starting on Saturday.
Sutherland welcome the return of Dwarshuis from International duties with the Australian T20 squad for its match against Gordon at Glenn McGrath Oval.
The home side may be further strengthened by Blues rookie leg-spinner Daniel Fallins, who is on stand-by for the Blues after a solid Sheffield Shield debut for NSW against South Australia at the SCG last week. Fallins collected four wickets.
Australian Under 19 World Cup player Austin Waugh will also play for Sutherland.
Blues rookie and Australian Under 19 World Cup player, Param Uppal, will head into his match for Fairfield-Liverpool against Northern District with supreme confidence.
During the week he scored 133 and claimed five wickets in the NSW Metro Toyota Futures League win against South Australia at Adelaide Oval No. 2.
He will be joined by fellow Blues rookie Liam Hatcher in the Fairfield-Liverpool side.
Blues reserve gloveman Jay Lenton will feature alongside Manly-Warringah team mate and Australian Under 19 World Cup all-rounder Jack Edwards.
Australian Under 19 World Cup captain and Blues rookie Jason Sangha will feature for Randwick Petersham, who are at home to Sydney on Saturday.
Sangha has scored 296 runs at an average just a tick over 42 for Randwick Petersham this season. This included his maiden First Grade century of 162 not out against Mosman in round two.
Blues batsman Ryan Gibson will play for Penrith in its match against North Sydney, while another Blues rookie, Jordan Gauci, and Sydney Thunder all-rounder Arjun Nair have been named to play for Hawkesbury away to Western Suburbs.
Spearhead for the Australia Under 19s at the recent World Cup in New Zealand, Ryan Hadley, will also be in action for Blacktown at home to UNSW.
Parramatta are currently in equal-first position with Campbelltown-Camden, and the addition of Abbott to the squad provides a timely boost as they push their case for minor premiership honours.
Abbott was pivotal to the NSW Metro victory over South Australia during the week. The captain claimed 4-65 in the second innings to cap off a dominant 102-run win.
Lenton was just as impressive for ACT/NSW country in its 10-wicket win over Victoria and will be looking to continue that form against St George.
The Sydney Thunder gloveman and ACT/NSW Country captain collected four catches and two stumpings in a first-class performance. His 77 from 205 balls in the first innings also helped provide the platform for the emphatic victory.
Edwards was also very good for NSW Metro in its win. He picked up three wickets and scored a quick fire 80 from 74 balls in the second innings.
Manly-Warringah currently occupy the final spot in the top six on 44 points trailing the ladder leaders by eight points.
Sydney University are just two points behind Parramatta and Campbelltown-Camden, and will play Bankstown for the second time in as many weekends.
The students got the better of the Bulldogs last weekend in the semi-final of the First Grade Limited-Overs Cup and will now meet Parramatta in the Grand Final at Old Kings Oval.
Damien Mortimer (91) and Hayden Kerr (78) were very impressive with bat in hand during that match and will need to produce a similar performance over the next two weeks to guarantee the six points against Bankstown.
This is especially the case given the absence of Sydney University captain Nick Larkin, and Ed Cowan, who are currently on Sheffield Shield duties for the Blues.
Larkin has compiled 863 runs at 86.3 for the season in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Daniel Solway will again be the key wicket for the students. He remains a run-away leader for top run-scorer in the competition. The opener has amassed an incredible 1,198 runs at 85.6.
Solway made 93 from 135 balls for NSW Metro in its win over South Australia.
Campbelltown-Camden went back to the top of the table last Saturday with a first innings defeat of Bankstown at home.
This Saturday the team travels to Allan Border Oval to play Mosman looking to make it two wins on the trot.
As has been the case throughout the season, strong performances from captain Jarrad Burke and Philip Wells, will again be vital to the cause for Campbelltown-Camden.
Burke is one of the leading wicket takers in the competition with 44 wickets at 18.2, while Wells has scored 787 runs at 49.2.
It will be a bittersweet match for the Ghosts, who farewell wicketkeeper-batsman Oliver Pope. He has been a revelation for the club this season.
Pope starred in the victory over Bankstown. He claimed five catches and scored 128 from 155 balls, becoming the third player in the history of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket to achieve such a feat.
Pope returns to England to start his 2018 County campaign with Surrey.
MCDONALD’S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
FIRST GRADE TEAMS:
10:30am Saturdays 24th February and 3rd March 2018
Blacktown v UNSW at Joe McAleer Reserve.
Blacktown: Daya Singh (c), Jake Fawcett, Nicholas Watkins, Josh Hilder, Dean Crawford, Gabriel Joseph, Mohammad Shinwari, Dhruv Kant, Daniel Nicotra, Arron Lilley, Ryan Hadley.
UNSW: David Dawson (c), Joseph Byrnes, James Henry, Matthew Gilkes, Jack Scriven, Jude Fernandopulle, Nivek Tanner, Marcus Atallah, Hayden McLean, Joshua Bennett, Declan White.
Eastern Suburbs v Parramatta at Waverley Oval.
Eastern Suburbs: Tas Yazdani, Ian Moran, Angus Robson, Adam Ezekiel, Peter Lazarus, Harry Byrnes Howe, Samuel Doggett, Ryan O'Beirne, William Somerville, Thomas Skelly, Jack Preddey, Sam Smyth.
Parramatta: Nicholas Bertus (c), William Affleck, Luke Dempsey, Sean Abbott, Owen Simonsen, Timothy Ward, Brenton Cherry, Ben Martin, Ben Abbott, Scott Copperfield, Jack White.
Fairfield-Liverpool v Northern District at Rosedale Oval.
Fairfield-Liverpool: Harmon Sandhu (c), Anthony Clark, Russell Wilcoxon, Jeremy Cashman, Wendel Delpechitra, Jeremy Maher, Luke Ohrynowsky, Liam Hatcher, Param Uppal, Zach Johns, Matt Critchley.
Northern District: Andrew Harriott (c), John Anderson, Henry Hunt, Daniel Anderson, Jonte Pattison, Jonathan Whealing, Jack Colley, Lachlan Ford, Ross Pawson, Charles Taylor, Joshua Miller.
Mosman v Campbelltown-Camden at Allan Border Oval.
Mosman: Scott Rodgie (c), Danul Dassanayake, Anthony Adlam, Varun George, Patrick Pisel, Lachlan Hearne, Matthew Day, Kurt Neely, Elijah Eales, Nathan Doyle, Thomas Slack.
Campbelltown-Camden: Jarrad Burke (c), Aaron Yabsley, Mitchell Carruthers, Philip Wells, Oliver Pope, Charlie Dummer, Jordan Browne, Jarred Lysaught, Nathan Baker, Luke Webb, Samuel Skelly.
North Sydney v Penrith at North Sydney Oval.
North Sydney: Justin Avendano (c), James Newton, Robert Aitken, James Aitken, Ryan Van Kemenade, Thomas Jagot, Anjan Oberai, James Campbell, Oliver Knight, Niranjan Naguleswaran, Adam Barton.
Penrith: Michael Castle (c), Brent Williams, Ryan Gibson, Ryan Fletcher, Ryan Hackney, Ryan Smith, John DiBartolo, Jake Wholohan, Cameron Weir, Luke Hodges, Tyran Liddiard.
Randwick Petersham v Sydney at Coogee Oval.
Randwick Petersham: Anthony Sams (c), Gregory West, Shaun Eaton, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Soumil Chhibber, Kushaal Ram, Adam Semple, Riley Ayre, Matthew Everett, Joshua Bohannon.
Sydney: Daniel Smith (c), Harry Dalton, Matthew Rodgers, Anthony Mosca, Suffan Hassan, Beau McClintock, Benjamin Manenti, Ryan Felsch, Alex Glendenning, Nicholas Bills, Thomas Ortiz.
St George v Manly-Warringah at Hurstville Oval.
St George: Nicholas Stapleton (c), Andrew Walsh, Matthew Lacey, Peter Francis, Mitchell Gray, Luke Bartier, Jonathan Rose, Blake Macdonald, Kaleb Phillips, Matthew Hopkins, Michael Kennedy.
Manly-Warringah: Cameron Merchant (c), Adam Crosthwaite, James Crosthwaite, Ahillen Beadle, Jack Edwards, Oliver Davies, Nick McLachlan, Jake Carden, Jay Lenton, Joel Foster, Joseph Graham.
Sutherland v Gordon at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Sutherland: Chris Williams (c), Jamie Brown, Jarryd Biviano, Tom Doyle, Daniel Fallins, Luke Hawksworth, Jake Wilson, Austin Waugh, Peter Saroukos, Tom Pinson, Ben Dwarshuis.
Gordon: Steve Colley (c), Axel Cahlin, Tym Crawford, Ashley Doolan, Cameron Eccles, Harry Evans, Matthew Junk, Reagan Klemt, Matthew Parkinson, Alex Patterson, Elliot Richtor.
Sydney University v Bankstown at University Oval.
Sydney University: Liam Robertson (c), Tim Cummins, Ben Joy, Damien Mortimer, Ben Trevor-Jones, Timothy Ley, Devlin Malone, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Hayden Kerr, Steven Hobson, Nicky Craze.
Bankstown: Michael Stretton(c), Benjamin Taylor, Chris Ridley, Nathan McAndrew, Rhys Williams, Ethan Leten, Daniel Solway, Brendan Smith, Jake Cormack, Wallace Marshall, Kyle Brockley, Joel Brockley, Tushaar Garg.
Western Suburbs v Hawkesbury at Pratten Park
Western Suburbs: Jonathan Cook (c), Isaac Taylor, Nicholas Cutler, James Psarakis, Ned Eckersley, Adrian Isherwood, Samuel McMahon, Alec Baldwin, Liam Sparke, James Shepherd, Michael Tudehope.
Hawkesbury: Corey Lowe (c), Pat Lawrence, Aidan Van Den Nieuwboer, Joshua Clarke, Dale Mckay, Kain Flynn-Duncombe, Luke Courtney, Jordan Gauci, Jaskaran Cheema, Antum Naqvi, Arjun Nair.