JAMES Psarakis will head to Bowral next week for the U17 state trials in top form after notching up a century for South on Saturday against Old Boys at No 1 Oval.
The batsman will co-captain the NSW Country side in two one-day games against city in his bid to make the state side.
Psarakis’s 106 off 153 balls set South up for a win in the top of the table clash despite the side losing some early wickets.
Chasing a target of 243 set the week before on the back of an Adam Lole century, Old Boys looked to have the upper hand when they took the wicket of opener Dan Hare for a second-ball duck.
Fellow opener and stand-in captain Josh Crowe soon followed, only adding four runs before Psarakis and Tom Groth connected to win the match for South.
Psarakis played the ball all over and sometimes out of the ground, and had very little trouble finding runs.
The big hitter brought his century up with a huge six square of the wicket.
Groth played a perfect supporting role, scoring 60 from 153 deliveries before being trapped in front by Simon Norvill.
The keeper was disappointed not to go on and score a century on his 28th birthday, although he was pleased to spend some time in the middle before captaining Central North at next week’s Country Championships.
The pair put on a stand of 160 runs to lay the platform South, with middle order batsmen Sam Rowlings (29no) and Rory Dempsey (25) cleaning up the rest of the runs to finish on 6/246 with 10 overs and one ball to spare.
“It was a good win to chase down 240 odd,” Crowe said.
“Jim (Psarakis) and Grothy really set it up for us after we lost those two early wickets.”
“One or two big partnerships every game to build an innings is what we look for, and the boys did that today.”
“Looking at three an over, we didn’t have to do anything stupid to get there.”
Both sides were undefeated coming into the game.
“It is good to get an early win over Old Boys who should be contenders this year,” Crowe said.
Will Howard was the pick of the South bowlers, going for less than two an over to pick up 2-38 off 20 overs.
He was supported by Will Chesterfield, who ran in all day, bowling 30 overs to end up with 2-121, including the wicket of Psarakis.
The loss knocked Old Boys from the top of the ladder to fourth.