September 25, 2003

Mark Waugh to lead brother Steve, and beloved Bulldogs

Sydney Cricket Association

Sydney Grade Cricket's 111th season commences this Saturday 27 September, with a round of one-day limited-overs matches commencing at 9.30am. They will feature a host of New South Wales and Australian stars.

At Bankstown Oval, Bankstown's NSW and Australian captain Steve Waugh will go head-to-head with Western Suburbs' young heir-apparent, Michael Clarke. Mark Waugh will captain both Bankstown, and his older twin, for the first time.

At Manly Oval, Michael Bevan will spearhead Manly's batting against a powerful Randwick Petersham side. The visitors' batting strength includes the Blues' Pura Cup Player of the Year Simon Katich, and 2001/2002 Grade Player of the Year Richard Chee Quee. They will test the Seasiders' formidable bowling attack that includes State bowlers Shawn Bradstreet, Mark Cameron and Jamie Heath.

At Drummoyne Oval, Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill and Speedblitz Blues batsman Matthew Phelps will make their debut for defending premier Sydney University. They will encounter staunch opposition from UTS-Balmain's World Cup squad member Nathan Bracken, Blues opening batsman Greg Mail, and former Australia A all-rounder and Fijian star Neil Maxwell. Unfortunately, Greg Matthews is recovering from a shoulder operation and will not partner MacGill in his club debut.

Other matches- Penrith v Eastern Suburbs at Howell: Hawkesbury v North Sydney at Owen Earle; St George v Sutherland at Hurstville; Fairfield-Liverpool v Northern District at Rosedale; Campbelltown-Camden v Blacktown at Raby; Mosman v Gordon at Rawson; and University of NSW v Parramatta at Village Green.