Uppal shines brightly

Ton of fun: Param Uppal scored 106 not out for Fairfield-Liverpool against Gordon at Rosedale Oval. Picture: Simon Bennett
Ton of fun: Param Uppal scored 106 not out for Fairfield-Liverpool against Gordon at Rosedale Oval. Picture: Simon Bennett

In their final home game of the season, Fairfield Liverpool have produced their best batting performance of the season reaching 5/246 at stumps on a rain-affected day one against Gordon on Saturday.

Param Uppal (106 not out) was the star of the show at Rosedale Oval carving out hist maiden first grade century after the visitors won the toss and sent the hosts into bat on a wicket conducive for bowling.

Uppal, who made his Sheffield Shield debut for NSW last season, hit five fours and one six during his 249-balls at the crease and combined with No. 4 batsman Luke Ohrynowsky (73) for a vital 157-run partnership.

The 20-year-old has now scored 507 runs for the season along with 18 wickets to underline his standing as one of the game's brightest prospects.

For the visitors, who need to win to keep their finals hopes alive, Charlie Stobo was the key man claiming all the wickets to fall on day one. He completed his fourth five-wicket haul in first grade with the late wicket of Jeremy Cashman (19) to finish the day with 5-44 from 20 overs.

All other grades were abandoned without a ball being bowled. Play will resume on day two at 10.30am on Saturday. Only a handful of matches were able to get any meaningful playing time across the first grade competition with three games washed out.

Meanwhile, Kurtis Patterson has continued his Test form into the resumption of the Sheffield Shield for NSW.

The St George batsman scored a century in the Blues' first innings of their clash against Western Australia at Bankstown on Sunday.

Patterson made 134 as play resumed on day three, with NSW 6-357 in reply to Western Australia's 279 at time of going to print on Monday afternoon.

Former Test opener Cameron Bancroft made an unbeaten 138 for the visitors in his first first class match since the end of his ban for his role in Australia's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.

St George paceman Trent Copeland also had a happy return to the Sheffield Shield arena, taking 4-81 from his 36 overs for the Blues.

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