NSW Premier Cricket-round three

Good spell: Sutherland bowler Andrew Ritchie took three second day wickets in their two wicket victory over the Ghosts. Picture: John Veage
Good spell: Sutherland bowler Andrew Ritchie took three second day wickets in their two wicket victory over the Ghosts. Picture: John Veage

Sutherland was one of three sides to already have first innings points in the bag after day one of the third round of Premier Cricket which was fortuitous as rain wreaked havoc across the Sydney competition on Saturday.

The rain came in just after lunch and six of the ten games across Sydney ended in draws as games were abandoned.

Sutherland had first innings points locked up after taming Campbelltown-Camden on day one and the Ghosts started at 1-17 in their second innings and put on 5/183 before play was stopped-Sutherland won by two wickets and got the six points.

Bowlers across the McDonald's Men's NSW Premier Cricket competition had enjoyed a day out as a host of low scores dominated the start of round three.

Sutherland fast bowler Tushaar Garg channelled the name of the cricketing great his club's home ground is named after to destroy Campbelltown-Camden at Glenn McGrath Oval.

Sticking to McGrath's line and length mantra, Garg took a career-best 6-35 as the visitors were bowled out for just 124.

Sutherland passed Campbelltown-Camden's total late in the day for the loss of six wickets.

Garg spent eight seasons at Bankstown but moved to Sutherland for an opportunity in first grade.

"I am a Bankstown boy through and through - and there are no hard feelings there at all - but they've got a good group of bowlers and I felt it was time for a change," he explained.

"It was a tough first couple of rounds, but it was nice for them to come out properly.

"The slippers held their catches and the umpires were kind to me - it was a good day all-round."

Garg took one new wicket in his 11 over spell before rain stopped play on the second day of play.

Dan Fallins also chipped in playing his 200th game for the Sharks last Saturday. In this time he has bowled 2190.2 overs including 216 maidens and 331 wickets at 27.02 with an economy rate of 4.08.

Young wicket-keeper batsman Ethan Deal surpassed 2000 runs in all grades for the Sutherland Club during the first innings, scoring 20 to help get the First Grade team over the line on day one.

Ethan achieved 2000 runs from a lean 72 innings at an impressive average of 29.55.

This week October 31 Sutherland play a First Grade Limited Overs Cup Round two-one day game against Blacktown Mounties at Joe McAleer Reserve.

Sutherland is sitting one spot below their St George neighbours in 14th on the Belvidere Cup table.

Tushaar Garg

Tushaar Garg