Middle order saves the day for third grade win

Record win: Sutherland’s fourth grade team won a record-breaking ninth title. Winners: Sutherland’s third grade squad won the title recently.
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SUTHERLAND celebrated the end of the Sydney Grade cricket season by claiming two lower grade titles in third and fourth grade two-day matches.

Despite first grade failing to qualify for the finals, Sutherland had a successful season with their two premierships adding to the success of the Poidevin-Gray Shield team earlier this year.

In third grade Sutherland batted first against Sydney at Blacktown International Sports Park and struggled early with opener Nathan Loder dismissed with the score on zero.

Wickets continued to fall with Sutherland in trouble at 4-54.

But solid performances from the middle order helped restore Sutherland’s total.

Captain Aaron Phillips (72) top-scored and received support from Matt Manton (42) and Adam Whatley (41 not out) before Sutherland were dismissed for 290.

With a defendable total Sutherland bowlers made light work of Sydney’s batting line-up with the openers out before a run was scored.

Sydney regrouped for a 66 third wicket partnership but only managed another 100 runs before they were all out.

Wickets were shared among Sutherland’s attack with Sam Newman (3-37) the main destroyer while Whatley and Josh Zywietz took two wickets each.

In fourth grade, Sutherland’s title was their ninth — the most by any team.

Sutherland played Manly-Warringah at Waverley Oval and bowled first.

Manly made a competitive 238 with Chris Macnamara (5-31) the main destroyer.

Sutherland made light work in reply cruising past Manly’s total with five wickets in hand.

David Mifsud (62) top-scored.

¦ FORMER Test and Sutherland fast bowler, Stuart Clark of Cronulla, starred for Sydney University, winning man of the match honours in the first grade final against Randwick Petersham. Clark received the Benaud Medal for his 72 runs and 3-37 with the ball.

¦ THIRD GRADE:

Sutherland 290 (Aaron Phillips 72, Matt Manton 42, Adam Whatley 41 not out, Josh Zywietz 32, Sam Newman 28, Grnat Davies 23) d Sydney 166 (Sam Newman 3-37, Josh Zywietz 2-35, Adam Whatley 2-42).

¦ FOURTH GRADE:

Sutherland 5-239 (David Mifsud 62, Michael Kelly 60, Liam Casey 42, Hayden Smith 27) d Manly-Warringah 238 (Chris Macnamara 5-31, Pat Burns 3-60).

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