Former Australia allrounder Shane Watson blasted the highest-ever score by a Sutherland batsman against local rivals St George in any grade in Sydney Premier Cricket on the weekend.
Watson smashed 14 fours and 11 sixes in his historic 151-ball 184 – surpassing the great Norm O’Neill’s 168 in the club’s first match in September 1965.
The 36-year-old combined with opening batsman Jarryd Biviano for a 300-run partnership, which was a club record for the second wicket, eclipsing the 285-run stand Nic Maddinson and Matt Hughston shared in Sutherland’s semi-final victory against Eastern Suburbs in 2009-10.
After being sent in by St George, Sutherland lost their captain Chris Williams when the score was just one but that brought 59-Test, 190-ODI veteran Watson to the crease.
The 300-run batting masterclass lasted 49.3 overs as both batsmen feasted on an attack that featured former Test bowler Trent Copeland.
Copeland was the clear standout with the ball for St George, claiming 4-97 from 29 overs but it wasn’t enough as Sutherland declared on 9-427 to allow a nasty seven-over spell at Saints before the close, with the stumps score reading 1-14.
Meanwhile, NSW Blues contracted player Charlie Stobo took 6-74 from 19.4 overs to restrict Western Suburbs to 241, as Gordon finished the day on 2-71 in reply.
In Queensland, Bulls players Charlie Hemphrey and Bryce Street combined for a 129-run stand to help Sandgate-Redcliffe reach 8-371 against Toombul. Hemphrey hit 10 fours and two sixes in his 110, while Street struck four sixes and 10 fours in his 94.