Sydney Grade, Round Three, Day One
Philip Wells, Michael Wood and Nick Larkin all reached centuries during Day One of Round Three matches in the Sydney First Grade competition, while Matthew Windred, Tim Cruickshank and David Dawson fell agonisingly short of notching tons of their own (October 20).
Philip Wells has been in excellent form for Bankstown. After scoring 72 and 56 at the end of last season, he recorded scores of 94 and 75 not out in the first two rounds this year, before finally reaching his century on Saturday against North Sydney at North Sydney Oval.
Coming to the crease with the score at 2-78, Wells hit 157 not out from 211 balls with 19 fours, seeing his team to 7-385 at stumps, while sharing in a 171 fifth wicket stand with Jake Cormack (77). James Campbell toiled hard for North Sydney, taking 5-53 from 19 overs.
Parramatta veteran, Michael Wood, made the most of some excellent batting conditions at Old Kings Oval to post 165 not out against Eastern Suburbs.
Easts had the better of the match early, with Parramatta 4-68, before Wood and Matthew Windred piled on 203 runs for the fifth wicket. Windred fell lbw for 91, while Wood played a near chanceless innings which included 18 fours and two sixes. Everything he struck seemed to turn to gold, with even a top edged pull shot sailing over the fence for six.
A century to Nick Larkin helped Sydney University pass 300 against Sutherland at University Number One. Sutherland claimed two early wickets before Larkin (113), Mark Faraday (43) and Sean Abbott (79) put the runs on the board.
The score could have been much larger had it not been for leg-spinner, Adam Zampa, who claimed four late wickets to help bowl Sutherland out for 303.
Sutherland are 0-8 in their second innings, with Shane Watson listed on their team sheet and a chance to play on Day Two (October 27).
NSW SpeedBlitz Blues squad members, Tim Cruickshank and David Dawson, both fell just short of their tons. Cruickshank hit 98 for Manly-Warringah against Sydney, while Dawson also made 98 for University of NSW against Penrith.
The Campbelltown-Camden boys also had a good day out with the bat, scoring 338 in a day against Hawkesbury with Scott Coyte (64), Mark Stoneman (72) and Simon Keen (53) all reaching half centuries.
For full scorecards, tables and statistics from the Sydney Grade cricket competition, visit www.sydneygrade.nsw.cricket.com.au.
Match Scores – Sydney Grade Round Three, Day One
Campbelltown-Camden 338 (M Stoneman 72 S Coyte 64 S Keen 53 J Dyball 3-44) v Hawkesbury
Fairfield-Liverpool v Mosman 9-230 (J Hughes 51no M Day 51 A Clark 4-56)
Manly-Warringah 258 (T Cruickshank 98 A Baker 62 N Robertson-Ball 4-68) v Sydney 1-26
North Sydney v Bankstown 7-385 (P Wells 157no J Cormack 77 J Campbell 5-53)
Northern District 199 (J Whealing 72 J Moore 52 H Evans 4-36) v Gordon 3-39 (K Daley 3-8)
Parramatta 351 (M Wood 165no M Windred 91 R Wilson 3-72) v Eastern Suburbs
Penrith v UNSW 7-266 (D Dawson 98)
St George 4-194 (A May 57no S Chu 53no) v Blacktown 159 (N Sowter 59 T Copeland 4-71)
Sydney University 303 (N Larkin 113 S Abbott 79 N Fitzgerald 4-60 A Zampa 4-66) v Sutherland 0-8
Western Suburbs 9 (dec) 242 (D Sams 3-30 A Semple 3-56) v Randwick Petersham 1-11