Stylish tons for cubs Rodgers and Mosca
CHALKING up centuries is the ultimate cricket experience for a recognised batsman.
Since his elevation to first grade, Sydney Cricket Club’s emerging colt Matthew Rodgers (pictured) of Denistone has capitalised on reaching triple figures in the NSW Premier Cricket competition.
Big hundreds and young Rodgers go hand in hand.
The former St Josephs College Hunters Hill student registered his highest ever top grade score when he carved out an unbeaten 178 in the Tigers’ second round six wicket victory over Hawkesbury at Owen Earle Oval.
Rodgers’ magnificent six hour knock off 251 balls featured 22 boundaries and helped Sydney overhaul the Hawks’ competitive tally of 342.
It was the opener’s seventh ton for the Tigers since entering the Sydney grade ranks as a precocious 15 year old and eclipsed his previous highest first grade score of 169 that he posted against Parramatta in 2015.
Rodgers was supported by rookie batsman Matt Pasternatsky, who compiled an impressive 78 off 109 balls that included twelve boundaries.
The pair added 157 runs for the fourth wicket after Rodgers had earlier shared a second wicket union of 78 with skipper Harry Dalton (24).
Pasternatsky’s maiden top grade half century was achieved in only his third match in the Sydney first grade arena and swelled his career run tally to nearly 3000 runs from 41 grade appearances.
Sydney continued their early season run fest against Campbelltown-Camden last Saturday at Raby Oval with the talented Rodgers taking a back seat.
The stylish opener was dismissed for nine as the Tigers finished a productive day at 9-363 with siblings Justin and Anthony Mosca stamping their mark against the Ghosts.
Promising opener Justin Mosca peeled off a maiden top grade ton after Sydney won the toss with elder brother Anthony cracking a power-laden 54 .
A composed Justin hit a superb 103 off 221 balls that featured 14 boundaries and combined with skipper Harry Dalton (88) for a hefty second wicket partnership of 143.
Batting at number four, Anthony Mosca clouted three sixes and three boundaries during his 101 ball knock as the Tigers’ top order capitalised on a flat Raby wicket.
The dashing Dalton was on track for a ton before he was caught behind by keeper Oliver Pope off the bowling of seamer Samuel Skelly, twelve runs shy of a deserved milestone.
He faced 124 balls and smashed two sixes and nine boundaries.
Keeper Beau McClintock (37 not out) and all rounders Ben Manenti (24) and Ryan Felsch (24) also made valuable contributions with the bat for the Tigers.
Campbelltown skipper Jarrad Burke toiled hard with his spin bowling to claim the figures of 4-80 from a tidy 26 over spell.
MEANWHILE Sydney recruit Suffan Hassan smashed 125 before the Tigers declared at 6-331 in their second grade clash with Campbelltown at Birchgrove Oval.
Opener Tristen McDonald backed up his second round 109 against Hawkesbury with a dashing 63 against the Ghosts with support from skipper Daniel Jacob (54).
Sydney fifth grade skipper Samad Shaikh top scored with 105 at Raby Oval No 3.
SECONDS: Sydney 6 dec 331 (Suffan Hassan 125, Tristen McDonald 63, Daniel Jacob 54, Nick Govers 36no, Ryan Corns 25no, Joshua Appleton 3-66, Patrick O’Neill 2-103) v Campbelltown-Camden 2-11 (Alex Bloomfield 2-6).
THIRDS: Sydney 5-96 (Tom Mullen 52no, Craig Di Blasio 14, Steve King 10no, Lachlan Inger 3-24) v Campbelltown-Camden 87 (Yarran Fair-Townsend 24, Brandon Redman 16, C Di Blasio 3-16, Chris Thompsett 3-19, Cameron Holmes 2-8, T Mullen 2-18).
FOURTHS: Campbelltown-Camden 186 (Quinn Passlow 79no, Joshua Campbell 33, Roscoe Ray 27, James Usher 4-35, Alex Rashleigh 4-45, Tyler Meyer 2-34) v Sydney 3-104 (Hugh Sherriff 46, Justin Felsch 36no, Zak Knight 16, Trent Mayer 1-15, J Campbell 1-19, R Ray 1-25).
FIFTHS: Sydney 9-242 (Samad Shaikh 105, Sebastian Hodge 32, Michael Ho 22, Jack Smith 20no, Sufyan Khan 5-65, Sriram Mohan 3-51, Luke Miner 1-37) v Campbelltown-Camden.