A 10-wicket match haul by fast bowler Liam Hatcher and the batting of Daniel Solway were the highlights for NSW Metropolitan during its draw with Western Australia in the first round of the Toyota Second XI completed on Thursday.
After declaring with a lead of 286 on the fourth and final day at Blacktown International Sportspark No. 2, Hatcher produced his second five-wicket haul in the push for victory denied by Western Australia, who finished 6/240.
The Blues right-arm paceman finished with 5-41 from 16 overs to follow his first innings haul of 5-57. It was the second time Hatcher had claimed 10 wickets in a Second XI fixture.
Solway fell just five short of his first double century at Second XI level in the first innings, carrying his bat throughout and scoring half the Metro total of 388.
The opening batsman spent 375 deliveries at the crease reaching the boundary on 19 occasions and clearing it once. Solway followed up that effort with a solid 61 from 131 balls in the second innings.
Blues rookie quick Ryan Hadley also impressed with the ball in the first innings matching Hatcher’s haul with five wickets of his own.
He finished with 5-30 from his 13 overs claiming five wickets for the first time in Second XI cricket.
Metro missed an opportunity in the first innings, when Western Australia was 7/167 at one stage, but recovered to reduce the lead to 26 thanks largely to centurion Brad Hope (111).
Hope was supported by towering seamer Simon Mackin, who made a valuable 60, batting at No. 10. The pair added 138 for the ninth wicket.
Solway featured in two century stands for Metro across both innings.
In the first, he and Blues allrounder Param Uppal (49) combined to add 106 for the fourth wicket, then during the second, Solway and Blues rookie Ryan Hackney (47) shared an opening partnership worth 103.
NSW Metro made 8/260 in its second innings before declaring with Blues rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Baxter Holt remaining unbeaten on 48.
Western Australia allrounder Aaron Hardie (78 not out) top-scored for the visitors on the final day.