Third loss leaves Lions in the pack

Liam Hatcher took 2-48 on Saturday.
Liam Hatcher took 2-48 on Saturday.

Fairfield Liverpool’s third straight loss – this time to Sydney University –  has seen them slip to 13th place on the NSW Premier Cricket ladder – 13 points outside of the top six.

NSW batsman Nick Larkin provided the backbone to the visitors total of 6-314 on Saturday at Rosedale Oval with a composed 136 which included only five boundaries and three sixes.

Liam Hatcher (2-48) and Matt Critchley (2-57) were the pick of the bowlers for the Lions who struggled to make breakthroughs after a century opening stand by Larkin and Hayden Kerr (62).

In reply, the Lions’ batsman couldn’t convert one of their starts into a big score and finished at 9-267.

Critchley (49), Harmon Sandhu (52) and Jeremy Cashman (74) were the standouts with the bat for the home team but regular wickets meant they were always behind the eight ball.

The Lions will enjoy a Christmas break before starting the second half of the season on January 6.

Several Lions players will be in action over Christmas with Gurinder Sandhu, Ben Rohrer,  Param Uppal and Hatcher playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League.

Last week Uppal led the NSW Metro to the under-19 National Championships title. They defeated the Cricket Australia XI by 120 runs in a day-night final at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena.

Uppal, who was was named the player of the championships, picked up three wickets in the final. He has been selected in the Australia’s 15-player squad to compete at the under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in January.