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Sowter shines in Sydney return

SPIN twins Nathan Sowter and Delray Rawlins shared the limelight as Sydney first grade cricket team entered the festive season on a winning note in the NSW Premier Cricket competition last weekend.

The talented leg spinners grabbed seven wickets between them as the Tigers registered a comprehensive six wicket victory over Northern District last Saturday in a limited overs fixture at Drummoyne Oval.

Sowter, back at Drummoyne after completing his English county cricket commitments with the Middlesex club, produced a stellar performance in his first match back home to snare 4-28 off ten overs and help Sydney rout the Rangers for 135.

Bermudian international Rawlins provided strong support, grabbing 3-23 off ten.

Northern District won the toss and elected to bat first with batsmen Jack Colley (31) and Henry Hunt (28) putting on an opening stand of 61.

But the Tigers’ spinning trio of Sowter, Rawlins and Ben Manenti turned the match when they collectively triggered a dramatic batting collapse as the Rangers lost nine wickets for 74 runs.

Off spinning all rounder Manenti opened the innings and smashed 50 off 59 balls to give Sydney a rollicking start in its run chase.

20 year old Manenti thumped five boundaries and two sixes after earlier taking 1-24 off eight overs.

The Tigers (4-136) eclipsed the Rangers’ tally in the 28th over with Harry Dalton (25 not out) and keeper Beau McClintock (24 not out) unconquered at the crease.

In second grade action, a whirlwind century by David Ball and an unbeaten 77 from Clayton Waters steered Northern District to a thrilling six run victory over premiers Sydney at Mark Taylor Oval in Asquith.

Ball thumped a brilliant 116 off 109 balls with four sixes and ten boundaries in his team’s total of 5-262 and shared a crucial fifth wicket partnership of 167 with Waters after the Rangers were tottering at 4-88.

The Tigers commenced their run chase in blazing style with centurion Matthew Rodgers (101) and Liam Gibson (77) posting an opening stand of 118 but fell agonisingly short of their target.

SECONDS: Northern District 5-262 (David Ball 116, Clayton Waters 77no, Cameron Holmes 3-50, Hugh Sherriff 1-30, Ash Squire 1-42) d Sydney 7-256 (Matthew Rodgers 101, Liam Gibson 77, Nick Govers 27, Suffan Hassan 17, Matt Phillips 2-36).

THIRDS: Northern District 7-244 (Kieran Jayasekera 65no, Oliver Hing 36, Jason Hayward 31, Amila Yapagedara 26, Utkarsh Somaiya 25, Jack Shelley 21, Craig Di Blasio 2-18) d Sydney 210 (Joe Hiley 2-30, A Yapagedara 2-36, Jacob Heinrich 2-42, J Shelley 2-63, Phil Melville 1-34).

FOURTHS: Northern District 6-231 (Jack Stocks 77, Nathan Maskell 57, Albert Watts 47, Hamish Green 21, Nathan Breen 2-27, Avery Weilandt 2-51) d Sydney 177 (Oliver Little 43, N Breen 29, Justin Felsch 19, Tom Mullen 17, Joshua Bass 16, Tyler Meyer 15, Jayden Brown 6-28, Lachlan Fisher 2-33, Henry Kirk 1-15).

FIFTHS: Northern District 8-168 (Zac Jelbart 35, Daniel Alleyn 31, Mike Friedrich 29, Nic Onslow 24no, Sebastian Buchanan 2-34, Sebastian Hodge 2-34) d Sydney 127 (Sam Shaikh 30, Allan Philip 29, S Hodge 19, Liam Robson 15, Kannan Subapriyan 3-14, N Onslow 3-23, James Caprarelli 2-25, Pat Murton 2-29).