AROUND THE WICKETS with Chris Karas: Ben’s 50 wicket haul

Fifty wicket haul for Tigers’ spinner Ben

EMERGING spinner Ben Manenti has stamped himself a future first class representative after yet another impressive performance with both bat and ball in the 2017-18 NSW Premier Cricket first grade competition.

The 20-year-old cub kept his Sydney team entrenched in the top six after engineering a first innings win over University of NSW last weekend at Drummoyne Oval with a five-wicket haul.

Manenti returned the superb figures of 5-25 off 22 overs to help rout the Students for 156 on the opening day – then backed it up with a whirlwind 39 as the Tigers secured victory to consolidate fifth spot on a congested first-grade ladder.

With three preliminary rounds to be completed before the finals series, Sydney University and Sutherland lead the competition on 49 points just ahead of Parramatta (46), Campbelltown-Camden (46), Sydney (46) and Manly-Warringah (44).

Pushing his claims for first class honours is the talented Manenti, a Concord native who has bagged 51 wickets this season in all forms of cricket. It was the third five wicket haul for the capable spinning all rounder this summer and underlined his outstanding potential.

Manenti’s quickfire 39 off 22 balls featured three boundaries and two hefty sixes and capped a best-on-ground performance for the Tigers’ trump.

University were reeling at 7-79 before all-rounder Hayden McLean (36) combined with Nivek Tanner (21) to add 39 runs for the eighth wicket and with paceman Declan White (20 not out) for a final wicket stand of 38. Sydney quick Tom Ortiz (3-36 off 16 overs) also shone with the ball as the Tigers dismissed University in the 65th over.

Harry Dalton top-scored for the Tigers with a polished knock of 66 off 120 balls – clouting seven boundaries as the home side posted a tally of 246.

Other major contributors with the bat were Manenti (39), keeper Beau McClintock (36), skipper Dan Smith (26) and Anthony Mosca (25).

University were 3-106 in their second innings with skipper David Dawson compiling 42 and Jack Scriven (32 not out) and James Henry (27 not out) when play was halted after 43 overs.

Tigers’ quick Nic Bills (3-25 off 11 overs) took the bowling honours as Sydney collected a vital six points to stay in the mix for the minor premiership title.

Hassan’s fourth ton this summer

Meanwhile Sydney’s prolific scoring second grade batsman Suffan Hassan registered an unbeaten 125 in a resounding victory over University at David Phillips Field.

It was Hassan’s fourth ton of the summer and swelled his run aggregate to 631 in 12 matches at a healthy average of 63.1.

The Tigers’ number three smashed ten boundaries and four sixes during his 133-ball knock and combined with Tristen McDonald (74) for a second wicket stand of 165.

SECONDS: Sydney 4-279 (Suffan Hassan 125no Tristen McDonald 74, Daniel Jacob 25, Ash Squire 20no, Vivek Kashyap 2-31, Dean Jones 2-57) d University NSW 9-212 (Joseph Byrnes 51, Jude Fernandopulle 43, Ben Chaplin 32, Suthangan Thanabalasingam 30, Tom Byrnes 17no, Alex Glendenning 2-35, Alex Bloomfield 2-40, Nick Govers 2-42, Ryan Corns 1-26).

THIRDS: Sydney 7-176 (Craig Di Blasio 63, Travis Loxton 30no, Liam Scott 27, Nick Taylor 18, Justin Rodgie 11no, Ankit Patel 2-16, Sam Crichton 2-31, Blaize Irving-Holliday 2-43, Sibghat Khan 1-25) d University NSW 175 (S Khan 42, B Irving-Holliday 23, Nick Charlwood 22, S Crichton 22, A Patel 18, Martin Jeffrey 14, Steve King 3-48, C Di Blasio 2-16, Mark Frei 2-21, L Scott 1-15).

FOURTHS: Sydney 3-140 (Dominic Tonkin 58no, Justin Felsch 34no, Ahmed Hassan 15, Sam Cividin 12, Jeremiah Iliffe 1-12, Yushan Gunewardhane 1-17) d University NSW 5-136 (Anshul Baruah 43, Joshua Gavan 23, Katie Mack 20no, Jeremy Ng 20, Tom Cox 16, Avery Weilandt 2-19, Tyler Meyer 1-21, Jackson Edwards 1-24, Dylan Bent 1-28).

FIFTHS: University NSW 7-102 (Blake Hudson 47no, Adam Finkelstein 15, Declan Armstrong 3-21, Jack O’Brien 2-24) d Sydney 101 (Michael Ho 46, Muhammad Shamas 4-28, Gurnoor Singh 3-25, Alex Charlwood 2-15).