McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket begins this Saturday with the First and Second Grade competitions to start with One-Day fixtures and former Test spinner Steve O’Keefe set to return for Manly-Warringah.
The Sydney Sixers’ left-arm finger spinner played nine Tests for Australia and retired from First Class cricket in April with 301 wickets to his name. O’Keefe is expected to join NSW Blues rookie and Sydney Thunder’s Ollie Davies in the Manly side to play Mosman.
Randwick Petersham start their title defence against Fairfield-Liverpool. The premiers were awarded the 2019/20 Belvidere Cup in March when all Grades were stopped in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Minor premiers in each Grade were declared the premiers.
A number of COVID-19 Guidelines have been produced to assist clubs in keeping everyone safe including a COVID-19 official at every ground.
Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades will commence on Saturday 31 October.
The off-season saw numerous player movements, in Premier Cricket, including former Australian One-Day batsman Peter Forrest join Mosman from Hawkesbury and has been appointed Head Coach of the Whales.
Forrest is expected to play T20 cricket exclusively this season.
Wily left-arm finger spinner Jarrad Burke is another of the key player movements.
Burke, who was this week named in the Sydney Cricket Association’s Team of the Decade from 2010-2019, will captain Fairfield-Liverpool after leading Campbelltown-Camden for the past three seasons.
The Fairfield-Liverpool side to play Randy Petes is also expected to include Blues off-spinner Arjun Nair.
Under new captain Philip Wells, who was also named in that Team of the Decade, the Ghosts will meet Northern District in round one at Raby Oval No. 1.
Sydney Thunder’s exciting teenage leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha has been named for the Ghosts. The Australian Under-19 representative earned his first NSW Blues contract during the off-season.
Basil Sellers Scholar and ambidextrous spin-bowling allrounder Nivethan Radhakrishnan moves from Hawkesbury to Sydney University, who are the defending champions of the First Grade Limited-Overs Cup.
The students take on Sydney at Drummoyne Oval. Sydney Sixers off-spinner Ben Manenti has been named for Sydney.
Blues reserve wicketkeeper-batsman Baxter Holt is expected to be named in the Eastern Suburbs XI to play UTS North Sydney at Waverley Oval.
Likewise, Sydney Thunder and Blues allrounder Nathan McAndrew and Blues opening batsman Ryan Hackney are both expected to play for their clubs on Saturday.
McAndrew’s club, Bankstown, meet UNSW at Bankstown Oval, while Hackney’s Penrith host St George.
Prolific run-scorer Nic Bertus will captain Parramatta against Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval, as the skipper nears 6,000 First Grade runs.
Western Suburbs host Blacktown Mounties at Pratten Park. Sydney Thunder leg-spinner Jono Cook has been named for Wests.
In the other match scheduled for Saturday, Hawkesbury are at home to Gordon.
Further COVID-19 information can be found below: