Matt Hughston: A long wait, but another century for Sutherland. Picture: John VeageMATT Hughston lost the captaincy to former Test star and new captain-coach Phil Jaques this season.
But with Jaques missing, he filled the void nicely by scoring his first century in two years to lead his side to victory on Saturday.
Chasing Sydney University’s sizeable 303 first day total, Hughston put his head down from the start to ensure his team got a good go at the total.
He shared a third wicket partnership of 154 in 141 minutes with Mitch Brown, who made 54.
When Hughston was finally out for 144 off 237 balls in 286 minutes, his side was virtually home.
Luke Dudman (25) and Jamie Brown (30no in his first top-grade match) made sure that the target was achieved without trouble, with the score finishing on 6/304.
Hughston wasn’t the only Sutherland century-maker though the grades and co-incidentally, Sutherland’s second grade recorded an identical total of 6/304 as they chased down Uni’s 8/301 declared.
The highlight was a record fifth-wicket partnership for second grade of 179 between Kurt Brown (123) and captain Joel Burnett (116no).
Third grade also won scoring 6/264 against Uni’s 204 with Ryan Maguire, a new player from the Illawarra region, top scoring with 105no, while Duncan Maddinson, younger brother of state rep Nic, made 64. They shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 113.
The fifth century of the day was scored by another new player in Adam El-Daher, who made 103. Club official Tom Iceton revealed it was the first century scored for Sutherland in fourth grade against Sydney University in the club’s 48-year history.
■ Sutherland enjoyed an exciting three-run win against North Sydney in the Twenty/20 match at North Sydney Oval on Sunday. Openers Stephen Cush (29) and Mitch Brown (38 off 27 balls) tallied a 63-run partnership off 7.4 overs, before four run outs. Daniel Rixon (20 not out) scored 17 runs off the last two overs to take the total to 9-128.
North Sydney openers scored equally as freely, before Jamie Brown dismissed both batsmen in three balls and then Nathan Fitzgerald claimed two wickets in three balls. Accurate bowling by Fitzgerald and Dudman in the final two overs restricted Norths to 12 runs and the match was won by three runs.
■ Saturday — Round 3, Day 2
1st Grade: Sutherland 6/304 (Matthew Hughston 144, Mitch Brown 54, Jamie Brown 30no, Luke Dudman 25) d Sydney University 303 (Nathan Fitzgerald 4-60, Adam Zampa 4-66).
2nd Grade; Sutherland 6/304 (Kurt Brown 123, Joel Burnett 116no, Jonathan Rose 25no, John Derwent 20) d Sydney University 8/301 dec (Trent Smith 2-36, Nathan Whittingham 2-49, James Bills 2-63, John Derwent 2-86).
3rd Grade: Sutherland 6/264 (Ryan Maguire 105no, Duncan Maddinson 64, Josh Zywietz 26no, Daniel Grant 21) d Sydney University 204 (Josh Zywietz 4-31, Ryan Almond 2-21, Daniel Fallins 2-60).
4th Grade: Sutherland 8/361 (Adam
El-Daher 103, Peter Saroukos 85, Ryan Chivers 58, Chris Macnamara 47no, Alex Watkiss 20) drew with Sydney University 7/404 dec (Alex Watkiss 4-84).
5th Grade: Sydney University 214 (Steve Kourouche 3-34, Pat Driscoll 2-33, Josh Duncan 2-33, Benn Hallman 2-47) d Sutherland 124 (David Givney 41, Harry Chapman 30).
■ Sunday — T20 Round 2
Sutherland 9/128 (Mitch Brown 38, Stephen Cush 29, Daniel Rixon 20no) d North Sydney 6/125 (Jamie Brown 3-22, Nathan Fitzgerald 2-26).
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