Liam Hatcher, the batsman, helps NSW Metro to draw

Liam Hatcher.

Liam Hatcher.

Fairfield Liverpool fast bowler Liam Hatcher – who had a highest first grade score of 18 in 43 games heading into this summer  – has hit form with the bat.

In his three digs for the Lions this summer he has hit 27, 25 and four not out.

Now he has carried that form into the Futures League, helping NSW Metro secure a valuable draw against South Australia.

Coming in at No.10, Hatcher (37 not out) and Harry Conway survived the last 19 overs as the visitors slumped to  9-213 chasing 355 at Karen Rolton Oval

Hatcher, who took five wickets for the match, survived 76 balls and spent more than an hour and a half at the crease. He also scored 30 from 41 balls in the first innings.

Lions’ teammates Param Uppal and Chad Sammut were also part of the NSW Metro team.

Unfortunately, the trio couldn’t help the Lions to their first win on Saturday against Sydney University.

Chasing 295, the visitors slumped to 3-33 before battling to eventually be bowled out for 206.

Luke Ohrynowsky (58), Harmon Sandhu (35) and Jeremy Cashman (36 not out) provided the resistance in the middle order but as has been the case in the opening rounds they missed that big score to build their innings around.