Many of you will already be aware of the performance of the week, when Stephen Doheny (pictured right. Pic courtesy Peter Bannigan) top-scored with a huge 170 runs in Randwick Petersham’s 2nd Grade game against Blacktown Mounties on Saturday.
His side finished their innings on 296, and with their opponents ending the day on 78-1, the game is finely poised for next week's conclusion.
This was the 2nd largest knock in NSW 2nd grade this season, with the biggest coming from a player who has played mainly in 1st grade. After 7 games, the young Rushman is the highest run scorer in NSW second grade with 414 runs, 63 runs ahead of 2nd placed, and one imagines that he would relish a chance in First Grade if the opportunity arises for him.
Certainly, with Ireland scheduled to play three Tests in 2020, he is showing signs that he can step up to the mark in the longer format if required.
On Sunday, his Rush teammate Neil Rock played an unaccustomed role for Mount Lawly in their Colts T20 league game against Country XI, by batting at number 2. He hit 11(7) as his side finished on 116-3, beating a Country side that finished on 112-8.
Earlier in the weekend, his 2nd grade game vs Joondalup concluded with a 3-wicket defeat on Saturday, Rock’s 66(77) from last weekend not being enough to help them get the better of their opponents over the 171 overs played.
Ross Allen’s Centrals concluded their 2 day A Grade game against Yallourn North with a 46 run victory, and the NW Warrior can claim a huge part of the credit, taking 6-16 in his 19.5 overs bowled (his second 6-fer in successive games). He has now taken 15 wickets in 5 games, at an average of just 5.40.
Aaron Gillespie’s Kyabram side won an A grade T20 game against Waaia on Thursday by 6 wickets, Gillespie hitting 15*. Their 2-day A grade game against Central Park/St Brendan’s started on Saturday, with him scoring a patient 13(52),his side ending all out for 203 after 79.2 overs. The game continues next weekend.
Graham Kennedy’s Hannans side narrowly lost their 1-day A grade against against Great Boulder on Saturday. Kennedy bowled an economical 1-27 in his 10 overs, as they limited their opponents to 188-7, and contributed a useful 28(37) with the bat, but they finished all out on 186 runs.
Regular readers may recall that Will Smale got his best knock of the season last weekend, when he hit 59 against Randwick Petersham in their 3rd Grade game. Well, this weekend, he repeated the feat against Sutherland, top-scoring with (exactly) 59 runs as his Sydney side finished on 195. Sutherland were 30-1 at the end of Saturday’s play, with the 2nd day to be played next weekend.
Kim Garth’s WBBL adventures continue, with 2 games this weekend against Hobart Hurricanes. On Saturday, she was run out on 5(2) and took 1-14 as they lost by 6 wickets, and on Sunday she had figures of 0-17 off her two overs and scored 2 runs but her side won by 35 runs. They have now qualified for the semi-finals, and will play Adelaide in Brisbane next Saturday, with the winners facing either Brisbane Heat or Melbourne Renegades in the final on Sunday.
And finally, Celeste Raack’s Lindisfarne won their 1st Grade T20 by a massive 104 runs on Sunday. Raack scores 18(23) as her side finished on 183-4, and then took 1-15 off her 2 overs as they dismissed their opponents for 79 runs.
Again, if I have missed anything (or mis-read it) any additional information is gratefully received, either via Barry or Twitter (@dotski_w )