Incredible Shane Watson century leads Sutherland to first win of 2019-20 NSW Premier Cricket season

Picture: Chris Lane
Picture: Chris Lane

Shane Watson smashed a century to lead Sutherland to their first win of the NSW Premier Cricket first grade season on Saturday.

The former Test all-rounder shared in a 194-run opening partnership with James Arnold as Sutherland chased University of NSW's target of 307 inside 64 overs, losing just four wickets.

Runs were the order of the day at Glenn McGrath Oval, with Watson lighting up Caringbah with 17 fours and seven sixes - with 110 of his runs coming in boundaries alone.

He finished with 141 runs from just 109 balls as the Sharks got home by six wickets.

Earlier, the Bumble Bees resumed their innings at 8-239 on day two of the two-day, round four clash before they declared at 9-306 as Sutherland's young NSW spinner Daniel Fallins finished with 5-106.

Watson and Arnold had Sutherland off to a strong start as their stand neared 200 before Watson was finally caught off Thomas Scoble's bowling.

Arnold reached 61 before he was bowled by Hayden McLean. Tom Doyle (26), Jack Leaning (33 not out) and captain Chris Williams (18) continued on for Sutherland before Ben Dwarshuis ended the contest with an unbeaten 24 from just 12 deliveries.

At Hurstville Oval on Saturday, an unbeaten Arjun Nair century led Fairfield-Liverpool to a five-wicket victory over St George.

Chasing 326 to win, the Lions got there thanks to former NSW all-rounder Nair's patient 134 not out.

Saints captain Nick Stapleton was the best with the ball for the hosts, taking 2-53.

It was a disappointing result for St George who had been put in a strong position after day one thanks to Matt Hopkins' century.

Sutherland will look to continue their momentum when they travel to Old Kings Oval to take on Parramatta in their one-day, round five clash on Saturday. While Saints will look to bounce back when they head to Daceyville to take on University of NSW.

Play starts at 10am.

It wasn't as good a day for Sutherland on Sunday as the Sharks suffered an eight-wicket loss to Manly-Warringah in their round six T20 Cup clash at Manly Oval.

The defeat leaves Sutherland unlikely to defend their T20 Cup title as they made 8-151, with the hosts losing just two wickets in reply.

The under-21s Poidevin-Gray Shield resumes on Sunday, with St George taking on Randwick Petersham at Coogee Oval, while Sutherland face UTS North Sydney.

The Twenty20 Cup competition resumes on November 24. Sutherland face University of NSW in their final match while St George welcome Sydney to Hurstville Oval.

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