Shane Watson sets record in McDonalds NSW Premier Cricket

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A week after making a first ball duck in the opening round of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, Shane Watson has set a batting record.

The former Australian allrounder and current Sydney Thunder captain smashed 184 on Saturday, the highest score by a Sutherland batsman in any grade against St George.

This helped Sutherland to a daunting 9/427 declared, with St George 1/14 in reply.

Coming in at No.3 on the last ball of the first over, Watson faced just 151 balls, smashing 16 fours and 11 sixes.

His innings surpassed the late, great Norm O'Neill's 168 in the club's first match in September 1965.

It was Watson’s first century in eight first-grade matches stretching back to 2011-12. His previous highest score was 54 against Hawkesbury in 2015-16. That was his only score of 50 or more until Saturday.

Jarryd Biviano (123) replicated his second round century of last season (143 v  Mosman). With Watson, he put on 300 for the second wicket, a new record for any Sutherland First Grade partnership.

The partnership came in 49.3 overs after Sutherland was 1/1 off 5 balls.

It is the highest second wicket partnership in any grade for the club, surpassing 285 by Nic Maddinson and Matt Hughston in the First Grade semi-final during 2009-10.

Adam Crosthwaite’s 133, his 14th First Grade century, took him past 6000 runs to 6090 at 42.29 as Many-Warringah made 8/306 against Northern District.

Batsmen continued their domination of recent years. Eight of the 10 matches saw at least 300 runs scored by the side batting first on the opening day of the first two-day fixture, with seven of those scores above 340 and two over 400.

The other score over 400 was Bankstown’s 7/423 declared against North Sydney (0/7) as Dan Solway continued his outstanding start to the season.

Solway’s 168 not out was his second century in two weeks. It was his eighth First Grade century and his fourth over 150.

Joshua Clarke’s 159 followed his 99 last week, which saw him improve on last season’s start of 95 not out and 109 as Hawkesbury amassed 342, with Sydney 0/1 in reply.

Ben Manenti’s 5-115 for Sydney was his fourth five-wicket haul in an innings and took him to 102 wickets at 28.42.

Scott Rodgie’s second century in consecutive weeks, 164 not out, was the highest of his 12 First Grade centuries as Mosman made 343, with Randwick Petersham 1/43 at stumps.

Adam Semple’s 2-59 for Randwick Petersham took him to 250 First Grade wickets at 22.93.

Luke Ohrynowsky (141) and Harmon Sandhu (108) both scored their debut First Grade century as Fairfield-Liverpool made 8/378 against Campbelltown-Camden.

In the process they added 240, a Fairfield-Liverpool record for the fourth wicket. Ohrynowsky’s previous highest score in First Grade was 92 in 2015/16, while Sandhu’s best was 40 in 2014/15.

Ben Trevor-Jones also scored his debut first-grade century, 144, as Sydney University made 2/394 declared against Blacktown, which was 2/19 in reply.

Trevor-Jones’s opening partner James Larkin scored 96 while No.3 Damien Mortimer was unbeaten on 107.

In a rare win for the bowlers on Saturday, UNSW was dismissed for just 169 against Eastern Suburbs, with NSW Blues off-spinner Will Somerville claiming 4/58. Easts are a dominant 0/102 in reply.

Somerville was the leading wicket-taker for the Blues last season.

Parramatta’s 6/398 declared against Penrith was built on the back of a top four who all passed 50, with Brenton Cherry making an unbeaten 102.  Penrith was 1/6 in reply.

Western Suburbs wasted an opening partnership of 134 against Gordon between Alec Baldwin (75) and Isaac Taylor (64) as NSW Blues fast bowler Charlie Stobo claimed 6-74 and managed a runout.

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