The Blacktown Warriors claimed a draw against Hawkesbury in NSW Premier Cricket round three.
Down 8-260 with 10 overs remaining, Daya Singh (28 off 70 balls) and captain Tony Clark (0 off 21 balls) saw the side through to the draw.
“It was a moral victory but it didn’t do anyone any good because none of us got any points,” Clark said.
Hawkesbury started day two at 7-366, batting for a further eight overs before declaring at 9-390.
Upcoming 18-year-old fast bowler Ryan Hadley bagged his first five-wicket haul in first grade cricket, taking 5-84 from 19 overs.
Clark described Hadley, who has been selected for the NSW under 19s squad, as a “bright spark”.
“Your first five-for in first grade is very exciting, hopefully it’s the first of many for him,” he said.
With the batsmen facing a daunting uphill task from 86 overs, four half-centuries to Simon Keen (52), Paul Horton (63), Jake Fawcett (53) and Usman Butt (51) gave Blacktown a sniff.
However, cheap middle order wickets as the side looked for quick runs meant the team had to settle for a draw.
Currently sitting in 10th place on the NSW Premier Cricket ladder, Blacktown face seventh-placed Randwick Petersham in a two-day game at Joe McAleer Oval starting Saturday.
The first round of two-week games was a tough for Blacktown, losing second, third and fifth grade games, with a draw in fourth grade.