Tyran Liddiard century carries Penrith to victory


A member of a well-known rugby league family brought his dad to tears after hauling his side across the line in a last-wicket Premier Cricket miracle at Penrith on Saturday.

Tyran Liddiard, whose father Glen and uncle David played first grade for a variety of NRL clubs in the 1980s and 90s, withstood the Hawkesbury attack for more than four hours to post his maiden top grade century and win the match from a seemingly impossible position.

The young keeper-batsman was on 80 and his side 9-185 chasing the Hawks’ 262 when No. 11 Ryan Smith joined him in the middle at Howell Oval.

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Smith’s run tally for the season stood at one before the innings, but he stayed around long enough to get Liddiard to his ton and help put on an unbroken 10th wicket stand of 80 to win a remarkable match.

Liddiard leapt into Smith’s arm after bringing up the winning runs with a sweet cover drive to the rope.

He finished winning 125 not out, with Smith remaining unbeaten on 29.

Tyran had been out in the 90s four times before breaking through for the first hundred of his career.

Glen Liddiard posted a picture of the Howell Oval scoreboard showing his son’s score, writing: “Tyran finally got his first century … very proud.”

“Dad is the proudest bloke ever. He was crying when I came off,” Tyran said.

“He’s hard on me at times but also my biggest supporter.

“That’s the best I’ve ever battled but I still don’t know how we got out of jail.

“We just had the fight in us to do it.”

Tyran played rugby league as a kid but was getting knocked around due to his small physique and switched his focus to cricket

The 22-year-old admitted he suffered a touch of anxiety as he closed in on his first century, but the game situation helped him through.

“I put our position in the game ahead of my individual goals and I think that helped get me through,” he explained. “It was Indigenous Round as well, so it was a great time to do it.”

ANOTHER MIRACLE

There was a second miracle unfolding in Sydney’s south at the same time Liddiard was performing his resurrection.

St George No. 8 Andrew Walsh strolled to the crease with his side in tatters at 6-52 in reply to North Sydney’s 355.

With nothing to lose, the tailender began swinging madly and often.

He plundered an astonishing 208 runs in 209 balls, smashing 15 sixes and 15 fours.

One hundred and fifty runs came from boundaries.

Remarkably, the Dragons had been 4-11 and write your own odds at one stage.

REP PLAYERS FAIL TO DELIVER

The return of three representative-class players wasn’t enough for UNSW to reel in Sydney’s imposing target in a one-sided affair.

Chasing 400 at compact David Phillips Field, the Bumble Bees were banking on veteran all-rounder Dan Christian and NSW duo Matthew Gilkes and Chris Tremain to lead the charge.

But Sydney’s bowlers dominated the day, picking up dangermen Gilkes for six and Christian for 22.

Tremain contributed a determined 27 in the lower order but was unable to stop the rot as UNSW was bowled out for just 133.

Other round six winners were Gordon, Western Suburbs, Campbelltown-Camden, Fairfield-Liverpool, Manly, Eastern Suburbs and Sydney Uni.

Campbelltown-Camden’s win over Mosman was spearheaded by opening bowler Luke Webb (7-58)

BIG GUNS COME OUT TO PLAY

A host of BBL stars will tune-up for the new season when the Kingsgrove Cup Twenty20 Cup resumes on Sunday.

Nineteen NSW-contracted players have been released back to their clubs for the penultimate round of the competition.

Among the BBL talent given the green light are St George’s former Test batsman Kurtis Patterson (Perth Scorchers), Sutherland all-rounder Ben Dwarshuis and Mosman and Sydney Sixers opener Daniel Hughes.

Power-hitting Sydney Thunder signing Ollie Davies will line-up for Manly against Gordon, while his BBL teammate Matt Gilkes will play for UNSW against Peter Nevill’s Eastern Suburbs.

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