Sutherland missed a golden opportunity to climb back into the NSW Premier Cricket top six after slumping to a first innings defeat against struggling Fairfield-Liverpool.
The undermanned Sharks traveled to Rosedale Oval for the round 10 two-day Saturday-Sunday fixture and suffered a horrific start, with the visitors bowled out for just 69 inside 28 overs.
Sutherland fought back, with Jayden Brown’s 4-7 helping the Sharks bowl the hosts out for 130 in reply.
The Sharks reached 3-270 before declaring in their second innings thanks to half centuries to Jarryd Biviano (77), Daniel Fallins (56), Jamie Brown (64) and Tom Doyle (60), a lead of 209 runs.
But there was to be no unlikely outright victory, with Fairfield-Liverpool reaching 4-125 at the close of play.
The defeat saw Sutherland slip to 10th, three points outside the top six.
They travel to Pratten Park to face Western Suburbs in their one-day Australia Day clash on Saturday.