Four half centuries, an exciting debut and a cameo from a former skipper was the story for Fairfield Liverpool on Saturday as the hosts reached 290 against UNSW on Saturday at Rosedale Oval.
Winning the toss and batting in oppressive heat, the Lions total was bankrolled by a patient 126-run second wicket stand between debutant Awad Naqvi (77) and Param Uppal (62).
Arjun Nair (56) and Raveesh Srivastava (51 not out) steadied the ship for the hosts after the visitors hit back in the second session led by former Victorian seamer Chris Tremain (4-56). The Lions also welcomed back former skipper Gurinder Sandhu into the fold for a guest appearance.
The Lions, who have strung together five unbeaten games, sit in eighth place and in a logjam of 10 teams separated by one victory.
Second grade will be chasing early wickets after UNSW reached 5-213 at David Phillips South. Third grade defeated Campbelltown-Camden in a one-dayer.