Sutherland storm into NSW Premier Cricket first grade top six after downing Manly-Warringah

Winning form: Sutherland are into the top six. Picture: John Veage
Winning form: Sutherland are into the top six. Picture: John Veage

Sutherland have stormed into the NSW Premier Cricket top six after finishing off a 58-run win over Manly-Warringah on Saturday.

The hosts resumed at 6-91 at Manly Oval on day two of the two-day, round six fixture chasing Sutherland’s first innings total of 201.

But any hopes Manly had of stealing victory were snuffed out early on as Jake Wilson (4-51), Daniel Fallins (4-50) and Austin Waugh (2-14) rolled Manly for 143.

Sutherland were forced to bat again and looked in trouble at 2-0 after four balls of their second innings as Michael Visser knocked over Jarryd Biviano and former Test all-rounder Shane Watson.

But a defiant unbeaten 30 from captain Chris Williams and a Peter Saroukos half century was enough to end the game.

At Bankstown Oval, Blake Macdonald’s 74 not out and Luke Bartier’s unbeaten 64 saw St George earn a draw against Bankstown.

Chasing Bankstown’s 4(dec)-379, St George lost Matt Hopkins when he was run out for 23. But Macdonald and Bartier dug in for a 119-run partnership to get Saints out of trouble. Macdonald, who made his first grade debut at the start of the season, faced 142 balls in his determined knock. Bartier also faced 110 deliveries as St George fought their way out of trouble.

St George and Sutherland return to one-day action for round seven on Saturday.

Saints host winless North Sydney at Hurstville Oval, while Sutherland welcome struggling University of NSW to Glenn McGrath Oval.

Play starts at 10am.