Round 1 of the McDonald's Sydney Shires Competition for season 2018-19 was unfortunately disrupted by rain in Week 2, but there was still a number of individual performances that highlighted the start of the opening round.
The Performance of the Round was in Third Grade as Burwood's Alex Favotto started the season in fine form scoring a mammoth 205. Favotto opened the batting and helped his side amass 7/320 after being sent in by Warringah at Frank Gray Oval. Unfortunately rain in Week 2 dampened any chance of a Burwood victory.
In First Grade, an opening round hat-trick by Georges River's Michael Labb wasn't enough to get his side the 6 points against Auburn at George Parry Oval. Labb took the final 3 wickets of the innings in successive balls to finish with figures of 4/10 to dismiss Auburn for 190. Georges River weren't able to chase down the runs though being bowled out for 140 with Auburn keeper Kasun Bulathsinghala taking 5 dismissals.
North West Sydney's Abdul Ahad starred in a losing team as he took the impressive figures of 7/76 off 19.1 overs in his First Grade match against Mount Pritchard Southern Districts at Greenway Park. Ahad's efforts saw Mounties dismissed for 192 in their first innings but it proved to much for the Hurricanes being bowled out for 146 in reply. Mounties looked to gain maximum points as they quickly made 3/158dec off just 24 overs thanks to a quickfire 94 from Gagandeep Dhillon. NWS were able to avoid an outright defeat batting out their 39 overs finishing on 7/100.
And an undefeated First Grade Century to Paul Donovan (143*) saw Strathfield dominate Day 1 of the opening round match against Epping. Donovan combined with Pat Bolster (91*) for an undefeated 201 run partnership which saw Strathfield finish the day on 2/288. However they weren't able to capitalise on their commanding position with Day 2 being washed out.
Round 1 Highlights
Alex Favotto: 205 - Burwood Briars (Third Grade)
Paul Donovan: 143* - Strathfield (First Grade)
Chris Barkat: 136 - Mount Pritchard-Southern Districts (Second Grade)
Matthew Davoren: 106 - Pennant Hills (Second Grade)
Billy McCarthy: 100* - Epping Bulls (Second Grade)
Abdul Ahad: 7/76 - North West Sydney (First Grade)
Adam Wagner: 6/47 - North West Sydney (Second Grade)
Craig Rupert: 6/47 - Warringah (First Grade)
Dylan Ranjan: 6/66 - Lane Cove (Fourth Grade)
Greg Metcalfe: 5/11 - Burwood Briars (Fourth Grade)
Greg Flanagan: 5/26 - Lindfield (Fourth Grade)
Lachlan Reynolds: 5/29 - Roseville (Fourth Grade)
Raja Islam: 5/37 - Lane Cove (Second Grade)
Afif Haider: 5/42 - Auburn District Cricket Club (Fourth Grade)
Naseer Yussouf: 5/65 - Macquarie University (Fourth Grade)