Australian under-19 captain Param Uppal has taken his good form from the off season into the NSW Premier Cricket season helping Fairfield Liverpool to an opening round win against UNSW on Saturday.
Uppal, who won consecutive man of the match awards against Sri Lanka in April, starred with bat and ball scoring 67 and taking 1-32 to help the Lions to a 27-run win – already matching 50 per cent of their wins from last season.
Uppal, Wendel Delpechitra (44) and Luke Ohrynowsky (58) were the key contributors in the Lions’ total of 9-214 from their 50 overs.
A late-order batting collapse of 5-15 limited what was looking like a 250-plus total as the home team rallied at Alan Davidson Oval thanks to four wickets from Joshua Bennett.
But led by new captain Gurinder Sandhu (4-26), the Lions produced a disciplined bowling display to dismiss UNSW for 187.
Spinners Anthony Clark (3-50) and Uppal backed up impressive new ball spells from Sandhu and NSW quick Doug Bollinger (0-29).
Sandhu and Bollinger (NSW commitments) will be unavailable for the Lions’ first home game of the season against Campbelltown Camden at Rosedale Oval on Saturday. The two-day fixture starts at 9.30am.
In the lower grades, Russell Wilcoxon (102) hit the Lions first century of the season in second grades’ seven wicket loss to UNSW.
Varanjit Singh scored 51 not out in third grades’ four wicket loss, while fourth and fifth grade also had opening round defeats.