Former Australian Test and current NSW Blues players, wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Nevill and seam bowler Trent Copeland, have been named for their club sides as the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket season resumes this Saturday for round nine after the two week break.
This round will also serve as round four of the Limited-Overs Cup as the season returns to the One-Day 50 overs aside format.
Nevill has been named for Eastern Suburbs for his fifth Premier Cricket match of the season for the game against Hawkesbury at Owen Earle Oval. The former Australian Test keeper has captained the Blues to an undefeated start to the Sheffield Shield season after six matches, winning five and one ending in a draw.
The veteran scored an unbeaten 88 in the last match and win against Queensland in early December.
He played in 17 Test Matches for Australia during 2015-16 and has taken part in 112 First-Class games, scoring 10 centuries and 29 half-centuries at an average just over 38. He has also taken 344 First-Class catches and 24 stumpings behind the wicket.
Former Australian One Day International batsman Peter Forrest captains Hawkesbury for this match.
Trent Copeland has been named for St George as they take on Mosman at Allan Border Oval for his sixth Premier Cricket match of the season. The former Test bowler has played in five of the six Sheffield Shield matches for the Blues this season.
Copeland represented Australia in three tests in 2011 during the tour of Sri Lanka and has played 94 First-Class games, taking 362 wickets at an average just over 25. He has taken 16 wickets from the five Premier Cricket matches he has played this season, at a superb average just under 14 and a best of 5-21.
Blues contracted fast-bowler Greg West will take the field for Mosman in this clash.
Former Australian One-Day International bowler Gurinder Sandhu has been named to make a guest appearance for his former club Fairfield-Liverpool as they take on Sydney at Drummoyne Oval.
Sandhu played two ODIs for Australia in January 2015. Has represented the Blues and the Tasmanian Tigers in 33 First-Class matches, taking 73 wickets, with a best of 5/31.
Also available for Fairfield-Liverpool are Blues contracted trio of off-spinning allrounder and captain Param Uppal, and fast bowler Chad Sammut.
Blues and Sydney Thunder rising star batsman Jason Sangha will captain Randwick-Petersham against Northern District at Coogee Oval. Sangha has played in 13 Premier Cricket matches this season, including seven T20 games, scoring 628 runs at an average of a tick over 57.
English import Daniel Bell-Drummond has also been named for Randy Petes. Bell-Drummond was in red hot form before the Christmas break, playing in 10 Premier Cricket matches, including five T20 games, scoring 674 runs at an impressive 67.4 average.
Blues batsman Nic Bertus is available for Parramatta for the match against Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Oval 1. Bertus scored an unbeaten 166 during the high-scoring loss to Mosman last round, his second century of the season.
Daniel Solway has been named to captain Bankstown against Western Suburbs at Bankstown Oval. Solway scored a maiden Sheffield Shield century for the Blues on debut against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval in early November and has played in all three of the Blues’ Shield matches since.
In form NSW Metro batting pair of Ryan Gibson and Ryan Hackney have been named for Penrith for the match with UTS North Sydney at North Sydney Oval.
Gibson is second on the Premier Cricket run-scorers list this season with 706 runs from 15 innings, seven of them in the T20 Cup, at an average just above 50 and a top score of 186 not out.
Sydney University play Sutherland at University Oval. Blues and Sydney Sixers allrounder Hayden Kerr has been named for Sydney University.
Kerr made his Blues debut in the Marsh Cup limited-overs fixture against Tasmania in November, and his Sixers debut last month in the Big Bash League against the Perth Scorchers at the SCG. He has played in a total of five games for the Sixers in the BBL.
Blues and Sixers leg-spinning allrounder Daniel Fallins is available for Sutherland.
Blacktown Mounties take on Manly-Warringah at Joe McAleer Reserve. Blues contracted fast bowler Ryan Hadley has been named for Manly.
Gordon host UNSW at Chatswood Oval. UNSW are in desperate need of a victory as they are currently last on the table with only one win.
MCDONALD’S NSW PREMIER CRICKET
10:00am Saturday 11th January
See full fixture details here.