Lower grades continue to perform well as Hawkesbury face Gordon

Hawkesbury Cricket Club faced Gordon in round six of the NSW Premier Cricket season this past Saturday, November 23.

First grade was playing at home at Owen Earle Oval looking to snag its second win of the season, but unfortunately Gordon was just too good.

Top scorer: Nivethan 'Nivvi' Radhakrishna batting on his way to 87 runs against Gordon. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Top scorer: Nivethan 'Nivvi' Radhakrishna batting on his way to 87 runs against Gordon. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Hawkesbury batted first, led by Nivvi Radhakrishnan who scored 87 from 152 balls, as the whole squad combined for 140.

Nivvi and Abdul Kherkhah led the bowling attack, each taking one wicket, but Gordon made 143 runs winning the match.

Second Grade also batted first in its away match. Nikethan Radhakrishnan and Rehan Anjum led the way batting, knocking Gordon for 58 and 68, respectively.

Hawkesbury finished with a solid 203 runs, but it wasn't enough as its opposition came out and hit them for 3/205. Jaskaran took 2/30 in the innings.

Third Grade had a very close match as they just defeated Gordon in the final over. After some great bowling from Daniel Hardaker who had 3/27 and Ethan Franke, 2/31, Hawkesbury needed 206 to win.

Everyone in the squad contributed to the total as most players scored in double figures but it wasn't until the final over that the Hawks were able to pull out the victory. In Fourth Grade Dean Laing once again led his side to a victory, setting them up for the win scoring 88 not out. Hawkesbury had a total of 7/200 at the end of the 50 overs. Gabriel Venica-Singh and Paul Devaney each bowled well, taking 3/35 and 2/18, respectively.

Hawkesbury managed to bowl its opponents all out for 182 in with five overs to spare, remaining at the top of the table having yet to lose a match this season.

Fifth Grade also managed a good win against Gordon at home. Jake Hilder had 28 runs to open the batting and the innings was steadied by Lachlan Jacobs who knocked 57 after coming to the crease at 3/43. The side finished with a total of 190.

The Hawks defended this score brilliantly as Sarves Sharavanan came in and took 5/32. He was supported by Adithya Krishna who took 2/31 and Archie Peters who had 2/36.

Gordon were all out for 174 as Fifth Grade notched their third win of the season.

Sixth Grade also faced Gordon in round eight of the Sydney Metropolitan Competition as they looked to remain at the top of the table.

Nicholas Johnson had 91 runs, including 12 fours, as he led the squad to 8/215.

Gordon were unable to reach that total being bowled all out for 156 in just 37 overs.

Liam Devaney took 4/38 and Vishal Nomula had 3/23.

Hawkesbury and Penrith are tied for first in the competition. First Grade played on Sunday, November 24 at Owen Earle Oval against Penrith in a T20 match.

Penrith scored 6/199 despite a solid bowling effort from Austin Philip who took 4/31. Hawkesbury came in and hit for 147, unfortunately going down.

Hawkesbury will come up against Fairfield-Liverpool this coming Sunday, December 1 at Owen Earle Oval, where they will be fighting for a playoff position.

On Saturday, November 30 the club will face Western Suburbs in a two day match with First, Third and Fifth Grades all playing away.

Sixth Grade will take on Warringah at Bensons Lane.

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