Around the Wickets with Chris Karas

RYDE cricket sensation Liam Scott underlined his potential by producing a record-breaking double century in NSW Premier Cricket action last weekend.

The boom 17-year-old all rounder became the first Sydney Cricket Club player to crack a double ton in third grade after smashing an unbeaten 201 against North Sydney last Saturday at Bon Andrews Oval.

In doing so, the former Australian U-16s representative eclipsed the previous mark of 179 not out shared by Peter Smith (1995-96) and Jack Quint (179) back in 1932-33.

Scott – part of the exciting new Tigers’ breed making an impact on the NSW Premier Cricket scene – faced 223 balls and hammered five sixes and 26 boundaries during his magnificent knock to help Sydney amass 6-374 before declaring after 73 overs.

He shared an opening stand of 158 with Nick Taylor (69) and a third wicket union of 91 with Mayank Sharma (53) – pulverising the North Sydney attack to all parts of the ground with his aggressive strokeplay.

It was Liam’s highest score for the Tigers in grade cricket and his maiden century.

A Ryde-Hunters Hill Pirates junior product and former TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year finalist, the emerging Scott helped the NSW U-17s claim a national title last year along with talented Tigers’ clubmate Harry Manenti.

Liam backed up his super knock by scoring 34 the following day in Sydney’s crushing win over North Sydney in an Under-21 Poidevin-Gray Shield fixture at Birchgrove Oval.

MEANWHILE Bermudan international Delray Rawlins and Suffan Hassan posted centuries for the Tigers against North Sydney in second grade action at Drummoyne Oval.

Rawlins – player of the match in Sydney’s Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup championship triumph over Penrith at the SCG before Christmas – cracked a superb 152 with Hassan compiling an unbeaten 115 in Sydney’s huge first day total of 5 dec 358.

Reigning A.W Green Shield U-16 champions Sydney bowed out of the title race after a dramatic loss to Northern District last Sunday in a qualifying final at Birchgrove Oval.

Chasing 208 for victory, the spirited Rangers reached the target in the 47th over after an unbroken 20 run stand for the ninth wicket between Jayden Camp (43 not out) and Nikhil Ahluwalia (4 not out).

It was a gutsy effort by Northern who were reeling at 6-113 and 8-189 at one stage.

The Rangers were beaten by Sydney during the preliminary rounds but SundayÕs triumph avenged last season’s Green Shield Grand Final loss to the Tigers in a small way.

The Tigers will meet Parramatta in an U-21 Poidevin-Gray Shield qualifying final on February 11 at Old Kings Oval after blitzing North Sydney in the final preliminary round last Sunday.

SECONDS: Sydney 5 dec 358 (Delray Rawlins 152, Suffan Hassan 115no, Liam Gibson 39, Will Graham 2-66, Patrick Lindsay 2-75) v North Sydney 3-23.

THIRDS: Sydney 6 dec 374 (Liam Scott 201no, Nick Taylor 69, Mayank Sharma 53, Ali Shaikh 3-51, Ammar Shirazi 3-60) v North Sydney 1-18 (Hugh Sherriff 1-1).

FOURTHS: North Sydney 178 (Shantanu Havele 59, Lachlan Stewart 43, Darryl Hands 26, Tyler Meyer 3-39, Jackson Edwards 2-34, Alex Rashleigh 2-44) v Sydney 2-72 (Dominic Tonkin 36no, Ahmed Hassan 35no)

FIFTHS: Sydney 156 (Zak Knight 37, Liam Robson 27, Izaak Merlehan 5-37, Tom Hawkins 2-15) v North Sydney 1-27.

POIDEVIN-GRAY U/21 SHIELD: Sydney 8-322 (Nick Taylor 88, Tom Mullen 70, Liam Scott 34, Delray Rawlins 33, Ben Manenti 26, Harry Manenti 18no, Travis Loxton 14, Will Graham 3-61, Ryan Van Kemenade 2-50) d North Sydney 74 (James Newton 19, R Van Kemenade 18, Tyler Meyer 3-8, B Manenti 2-7, D Rawlins 2-13, H Manenti 2-20, Chris Thompsett 1-19).

A.W GREEN U/16 SHIELD: Qualifying Final: Northern District 8-209 (Jayden Camp 43no, Cooper Lennox 42, Travis Bazzana 34, Mitchell Crayn 30, Kain Anderson 3-34, Hugh Sherriff 3-35, Jack O’Brien 1-25, Seb Buchanan 1-38) d Sydney 207 (Joshua Yeoh 75, Lachlan Shaw 42, Kaleb Daley 36, Oliver Little 21, Toby Gray 5-39, Y Patel 1-26, Nikhil Ahluwalia 1-32)