Bowlers across the McDonald’s Men’s NSW Premier Cricket competition enjoyed a day out as a host of low scores dominated the start of round three.
Sutherland fast bowler Tushaar Garg channelled the name of the cricketing great his club’s home ground is named after to destroy Campbelltown-Camden at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Sticking to McGrath’s line and length mantra, Garg took a career-best 6-35 as the visitors were bowled out for just 124.
Sutherland passed Campbelltown-Camden’s total late in the day for the loss of six wickets.
Garg spent eight seasons at Bankstown but moved to Sutherland for an opportunity in first grade.
“I am a Bankstown boy through and through – and there are no hard feelings there at all – but they’ve got a good group of bowlers and I felt it was time for a change,” he explained.
“It was a tough first couple of rounds but it was nice for them to come out properly (on Saturday).
“The slippers held their catches and the umpires were kind to me – it was a good day all-round.”
St George’s Tom Ortiz collected 5-21 from 14 tight overs to help dismantle Blacktown for a meagre 121 at Hurstville Oval.
The Dragons, winless after two rounds, passed their victory target shortly after tea and will push for maximum points when day two resumes next Saturday.
Gordon is also well on top in its match against previously undefeated Western Suburbs thanks largely to Tasmanian recruit Jackson Saggers’ 5-37.
Former Australian all-rounder and club great Alan Davidson was on hand to watch his Magpies struggle to 170 before the Stags reached 4-133 at the close of play.
Ageless ex-Test spinner Steve O’Keefe captured another five-wicket haul to lead Manly to a first innings win over Penrith.
Against a backdrop of fire engines heading to nearby North Head to contain a bushfire, O’Keefe picked up 5-16 in eight overs as the Panthers lost 8-40 to fold for just 73 in reply to the Waratahs’ 165.
The 35-year-old has now taken 11 wickets in his last two outings.
There were also five-wicket hauls for Marcus Atallah (Eastern Suburbs), Ben Patterson (Campbelltown-Camden) and first grade debutant Michael Sullivan (Parramatta),
Sydney Uni’s Damien Mortimer (122 v Easts), UTS North Sydney’s Justin Avendano (161 v UNSW), Randwick Petersham’s Riley Ayre (108 v Bankstown) and Sydney’s Anthony Mosca (127 not out v Northern District) were the only batsmen to reach triple figures.
It was Avendano’s ninth century and the third time he has exceeded 150.
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