First Grade – First innings loss
Western Suburbs suffered a first innings loss to Parramatta at Old Kings Oval after their hosts put on a batting masterclass on day two.
Sent into bat, Wests fought back from being 3-15 to reach 283 all out from 70 overs. Nick Cutler’s innings was the highlight with the number three posting a fluent 91 runs from 137 balls.
AJ Isherwood and captain Jono Cook hit 41 and 37 respectively, before a rear-guard action from Darren Bourke (40) and James Shepherd (33) took the Magpies within sight of the 300 run mark.
Unfortunately, this score proved no-match for the Parramatta batsmen as Nick Bertus (215) and Will Affleck (121) piled on 348 runs for the second wicket.
Parramatta eventually declared on 5-422 with Wests reaching 0-52 from 15 overs when the match ended.
Second Grade – First innings win
The Wests Second XI continued their impressive start to the summer with a 21 run first innings win.
Batting first at Punchbowl Oval, Wests were bowled out for 235 in 103.2 overs with Lee Maggs (56), David Paterson (31) and Joe McDevitt (48) the main contributors.
Emmanuel Parmakellis then gave the Magpies the perfect start in the field early on day two, snaring three early wickets before the opposition’s score had passed 30 runs.
Despite being on the back foot Parramatta kept themselves in the match, mainly thanks to a defiant half-century from Gabriel Joseph (83no).
However, the Wests bowlers kept chipping away with Jono Fowles, Alex Hughes and Bilal Quereshi sharing the remaining wickets between them.
Third Grade – First innings win
Third Grade recorded a thrilling first innings win at Merrylands Oval, getting home late in the day by just 11 runs.
An impressive team batting effort saw Wests make 7 declared 331 from 82 overs.
Tom Burt (89) top scored with Tane Nunn (38), Marius Levitt (43), Anton Mackeroff (57) and Andy Salkeld (40) also amongst the runs.
Parramatta started their chase with a 44 run opening stand however two quick wickets to Michael Tudehope and one to Guy Hammond put Wests back in control.
This was soon followed by another run out to Hammond and wickets for Salkeld and Tom Coldman to have Parramatta in trouble at 6-112.
However, a spectacular effort by their number six batsman Evan Pitt ensured a close finish. Pitt struck 155 not out from just 158 balls with 21 fours and two sixes to keep his team in the match.
Fortunately, the Wests bowlers were able to contain the batsmen at the other end with Coldman claiming three of the last four wickets to secure the win. He finished with the outstanding figures of 4-69 from 21.5 overs.
Fourth Grade – First innings loss
Winning the toss and batting, Wests posted 9 declared for 149 with opening batsman Ben Gorham top scoring with 61 at the top of the order.
Parramatta made 6 declared 278 in reply with Gorham (2-21) the only multiple wicket taker, with Lachlan Dawson (1-77), Mitch Fleming (1-44), Sam Edwards (1-54) and Alex Cheung (1-58) grabbing one each.
Batting a second time, Wests were 1-57 at the end of the match.
Fifth Grade – First innings win
A dominant performance with bat and ball gave Wests the first innings points at Charles McLaughlin Reserve.
Winning the toss, Wests invited their opposition to bat first. The decision yielded immediate results with Parramatta reduced to 4-14, then 6-45. A couple of half-centuries, one of which came from the number nine batsman, helped them reach to 222 all out in 59 overs.
Connor Blaxall-Hill (3-66), Jehanger Ali (2-9) and Darren Cox (2-25) were the multiple wicket takers for the innings.
Wests then chased down the target with ease, posting 4-242 at the end of the match. Liam Comer (55no) and Cox (93) both made half-centuries, with the latter unlucky not to go on to reach triple figures.