NSW Blues captain and former Australian Test keeper-batter Peter Nevill has been named in the Eastern Suburbs line-up to play Sydney University, making his return to McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket for the 15th and final round of regular season games this Saturday.
This Final round of matches will consist of 10 limited-overs fixtures, during which a handful of teams will be battling it out for their last chance to secure a top six finish, and a berth in the finals next weekend.
Nevill last played for his club during the round 12 rain affected draw against Northern District. Since that last appearance for Easts, he has captained the Blues in three Sheffield Shield matches, where they lead the table with six wins from nine matches.
Nevill played in 17 Test matches for Australia between 2015 and 2016, taking 61 catches, and also has 115 First-Class matches under his belt for a return of 5,469 runs at an average of 37.71 and a top score of 235 not out, with 353 catches and 25 stumpings. The veteran has also taken part in 77 Domestic Limited-Overs matches, taking 111 catches and affecting 10 stumpings.
Blues contracted rising star Baxter Holt has been named to play alongside Nevill for Easts, as well as Blues fast-bowler Harry Conway, who played in all three of the recent Sheffield Shield matches for the Blues. Easts are in fifth spot and safely in the finals, but have a chance at taking a top four spot with victory.
Blues batsman Nick Larkin has been named in the opposing second placed Sydney University line-up, after representing the Blues in the recent three Sheffield Shield matches. Larkin has been named alongside Blues and Sixers allrounder Hayden Kerr.
Blues batsman Matthew Gilkes is available to return to the UNSW team for their match against Northern District, after missing the last round due to Sheffield Shield duty with the Blues. Gilkes hit 83 for the Blues during the first innings of the 133-run victory over South Australia three weeks ago.
Northern District is in seventh place and must defeat UNSW in this match to have any chance of qualifying for the finals.
Blues batsman Daniel Solway has been named to skipper fourth-placed Bankstown as they take on Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Solway took the field for the Blues during the recent three Sheffield Shield matches, where he hit 66 against Victoria almost a month ago, and an unbeaten 53 during the victory over South Australia more than a fortnight ago.
Bankstown must win to be assured of a top-three place and a home final next week.
Blues leg-spinning allrounder Daniel Fallins is available for Sutherland. Fallins achieved two five-wicket hauls from the last four rounds, and four wickets last Saturday.
Randwick-Petersham have already secured top spot on the table and have named a couple of Blues men as they play St George at Hurstville Oval. Captain and batsman Jason Sangha will take the field, as well as fast-bowling allrounder Daniel Sams.
Red-hot Sams took a splendid 3-8 and 2-9 during Randy Petes huge outright innings victory over Hawkesbury last round. Sangha hit an unbeaten 38 during the win.
Sangha is second on the run-scoring table, recording 903 runs from 18 innings this Premier Cricket season for a solid average of 64.5 and a highest score of 138.
Manly-Warringah are set to feature a few Blues men in their line-up for the clash with Parramatta at Manly Oval, including allrounder Jack Edwards, and contracted fast-bowlers Mickey Edwards and Ryan Hadley.
Seam-bowling allrounder Edwards took the field for the Blues in the previous two Sheffield Shield matches, where he scored an unbeaten 48 during the first-innings of the win over South Australia, and took two wickets during first innings against Tasmania last week.
Blues batsman and Parramatta captain Nick Bertus is available to play in this fixture.
Fairfield-Liverpool have named three contracted Blues players for the match against Gordon at Chatswood Oval, including captain and spinning-allrounder Param Uppal, fellow spinning-allrounder Arjun Nair, and fast-bowler Liam Hatcher.
Hatcher claimed five combined wickets for the match for the Blues during the Sheffield Shield victory over South Australia over two weeks ago. Nair took 3-68 during the match against Bankstown last round.
Contracted Blues batsmen Ryan Gibson and Ryan Hackney have been named as usual for Penrith as they take on Western Suburbs at Howell Oval.
Gibson continues to lead the Premier Cricket run-scoring this season with 933 runs from 20 innings, at an average of 49.1 and three centuries, including a highest score of 188.
Western Suburbs captain Josh Clarke is not too far behind Gibson in fourth on the batting table, scoring 892 runs this season from 21 innings at a 46.9 average, hitting two centuries and a highest of 179 not out.
UTS North Sydney host Blacktown Mounties at North Sydney Oval. Norths are sitting in sixth place, but only two points ahead of both Northern District and Campbelltown-Camden, and therefore must win this game to secure a place in the finals.
Campbelltown-Camden take on Hawkesbury at Raby Oval No. 1. Campbelltown-Camden have to win this match and hope that Norths are defeated by Blacktown in order to achieve a finals berth.
Mosman host third-place Sydney at Mosman Oval. Sydney will be looking for a win here that will cement their spot in third place, or else they could drop as low as fifth and have to play away next week for the sudden death qualifying finals.
MCDONALD’S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
10:00am Saturday 14th March 2020.