BIG centuries and Sydney Cricket Club’s capable young opening batsman Matthew Rodgers go hand in hand.
The Denistone native carved out one of his finest last Saturday at Coogee Oval when he clouted 151 to pilot the Tigers to an emphatic six wicket victory over Randwick-Petersham in the NSW Premier Cricket first grade competition.
With his team’s finals hopes on a knife’s edge, Rodgers displayed the temperament and stroke play to steer the youthful Sydney outfit across the line.
It was Rodgers’ fourth ton of the 2017-18 season and second in the top grade following his unbeaten 178 against Hawkesbury in the second round and tenth overall since he was graded by the Tigers in 2011.
The former St Josephs College Hunters Hill student also compiled two centuries in second grade this summer and now boasts a season run aggregate of 776 @ 64.67.
Chasing 304 for victory, Sydney’s top batting order stood up to be counted with first grade debutant Suffan Hassan peeling off an unbeaten 67 off 155 balls against his former club to help the visitors post 4-306 and move to third spot on the ladder.
The Tigers are now locked in an intriguing battle with eleven other clubs for a final top six berth with one preliminary round to be staged this Saturday.
A determined Rodgers faced 2634 balls and laid the foundations for a vital win by cracking 15 boundaries and two sixes during his epic knock.
He also shared crucial top order partnerships with Anthony Mosca, Harry Dalton and debutant Suffan Hassan – an opening stand of 58 with Mosca (28); second wicket union of 49 with Dalton (23) and combined with Hassan for a match-turning stand of 176 for the third wicket.
It was Rodgers’ fourth score over 150 in grade after previous top grade innings of 169 and 178 not out and a second grade knock of 156.
The prolific Hassan capped a memorable top grade debut with the Sydney club by notching an unbeaten half century to continue his run avalanche this summer.
After previous stints at Western Suburbs and Randwick-Petersham, Hassan has found a home with the Drummoyne-based Tigers and just like Rodgers has amassed an impressive 707 runs for the club to date at an average of
64.3 which includes four second grade centuries.
Paceman Daniel Sams was the pick of the Randy Petes’ bowlers, snaring 2-42 off 15 overs.
Third placed Sydney (52 points) square off with fifth placed Sutherland (49) this Saturday at Drummoyne Oval in first grade limited overs action and can consolidate a top three berth with victory.
Campbelltown-Camden and Parramatta lead the first grade table on 58 points from Sydney (52), Sydney University (50), Sutherland (49) and Gordon (45) and Bankstown (45).
Other clubs in the top six finals mix are Manly-Warringah, Eastern Suburbs and Randwick Petersham, all on 44 points.
This Saturday’s final round features Sydney v Sutherland; Bankstown v Eastern Suburbs; Campbelltown-Camden v Sydney University; Fairfield- Liverpool v Hawkesbury; Gordon v Blacktown; Manly v Mosman; North Sydney v Northern District; Parramatta v Randwick Petersham; University NSW v Penrith and Western Suburbs v St George.
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MEANWHILE Randy Petes second grade all rounder Joshua Bohannon capped a superb match by scoring an unbeaten 100 and grabbing 6-32 in his side’s victory over Sydney at Drummoyne Oval.
SECONDS: Randwick Petersham 5 dec 277 (Joshua Bohannon 100no, James Mahony-Brack 63, Jack Tector 33, Matt Calder 21, Ash Squire 4-79 – d Sydney 112 (Delray Rawlins 23, Matt Pasternatsky 20, J Bohannon 6-32, Alex Deller 2-30) & 3-177 (Liam Gibson 59, Tristen McDonald 56no, D Rawlins 36no, Patrick Magann 2-38).
THIRDS: Randwick Petersham 232 (Dylan Powell 73, Ben Stares 61no, Ashley Burton 31, Lachlan Hodges 15, Craig Di Blasio 3-18, Ryan Corns 3-50, Mark Frei 1-28, Liam Scott 1-30) d Sydney 183 (R Corns 63, Mayank Sharma 32, Travis Loxton 20, M Frei 16, Steve King 15, L Scott 13, Tom McKenzie 5-17, A Burton 2-43, Doug Loth 2-44).
FOURTHS: Sydney 198 (Justin Felsch 64, Dominic Tonkin 45, Ahmed Hassan 28, Alex Rashleigh 19no, Zac Knight 13, Michael Ho 13, Rod Stafford 4-71, Luke Radford 3-56) d Randwick-Petersham 137 (R Stafford 41, Kaoser
Ahmed 32, L Radford 17, Hayden Fox 16, A Rashleigh 5-28, A Hassan 2-26, Tyler Meyer 1-9, Dylan Bent 1-29, Jackson Edwards 1-35).
FIFTHS: Sydney 107 (Sam Shaikh 38, Liam Robson 18, Jack O’Brien 13, Rashad Rizme 12, Liam O’Loughlin 4-34, Carly Leeson 2-12, Luca Lopes 1-9, Corey Sherriff 1-15, Oscar Sachs 1-19) d Randwick-Petersham 103 (Fergus
Bowen 25, Ed House 24, L Lopes 11, C Sherriff 10, Avery Weilandt 4-9, Ellis Sherriff 3-12, S Shaikh 1-7, Mitchell Blow 1-17, R Rizme 1-25) & 7-55 (R Rizme 2-6, E Sherriff 2-9, A Weilandt 2-21, M Blow 1-2).