Sydney Thunder captain Shane Watson has broken new ground in an outstanding performance to sail Sutherland into the finals of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup, as a number of milestones were also reached in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
Watson despatched the Mosman attack to all parts of Allan Border Oval on his way to 114 not out from 53 balls, setting a new record for most sixes in a Sydney First Grade T20 match.
The former Australian all-rounder hit 16 sixes during his innings, crushing the previous best mark of nine achieved by Nathan Price (101) for Randwick-Petersham in 2015-16 and John Botha (102 not out) for Mosman last season. Watson averaged a six for every three balls he faced.
His first 50 runs came from just 29 balls, with the next 50 taking Watson 21 balls. It was the most sixes he has hit in any form of cricket.
Mosman seemed to have posted a competitive total for Sutherland to chase after a solid 72 from 51 balls by captain Scott Rodgie led the Whales to 8/150 from its 20 overs. However, the opening stand of 149 between Watson and Jarryd Biviano (36) very quickly extinguished any hope of victory, as the men from the Shire cantered to an eight-wicket win.
Sutherland will now head to the SCG to play Sydney in the Sydney Sixers Conference Final after the Tigers prevailed in a tense Super Over match against Gordon.
Both teams were all out for 143 during their respective innings. Axel Cahlin top-scored for Gordon with 54 from 36 deliveries, while Matthew Pasternatsky peeled off a swift 45 from 23 balls for Sydney.
Pasternatsky continued in the same vein during the Super Over, scoring 12 runs to ultimately guide Sydney into the Sydney Thunder Conference Final of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup.
Usman Qadir continued his great form to spin a web around his opponents as Hawkesbury overcame Northern District at Owen Earle Oval.
Qadir took 4-18 in an exceptional bowling performance by the Hawks to dismiss the visitors for 116 within the 20 overs. He now has nine wickets from his three matches played at an average of 5.22.
Josh Clarke (2-33) and Abdul Kherkhah (2-22) were among the other leading wicket takers.
It left Hawkesbury with a small target of 117 to pursue which was passed with relative ease. Jordan Gauci (33) and Dale McKay (33 not out) leading the way to get their team home by six wickets.
Hawkesbury will now play Penrith next Sunday at the SCG after the star studded Panthers’ team restricted Parramatta to 9/160 in defence of 6/182.
Sydney Sixers’ Jordan Silk returned to his old club with an impressive display, scoring 62 from 45 balls, ably assisted by Ryan Gibson who pitched in with 38 from 23 balls. England international player, Sam Billings also scored 29 from 23 balls.
Parramatta just couldn’t gain any momentum in the chase. A number of batsmen made starts for the hosts but no one could go on and make a big score. The best of the batsmen was Luke Dempsey with 42 from 20 balls.
Wickets were shared amongst the Penrith bowlers with Michael Castle (3-31) and Brent Williams (2-21) returning best figures respectively.
Sixers Conference Final
Hawkesbury v Penrith, Sunday 17 December, 11.00am at the SCG.
Thunder Conference Final
Sydney v Sutherland, Sunday 17 December, 2.30pm at the SCG.
*The Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup Final will be played between the winners of the Conference Finals at 6.30pm on Sunday 17 December at the SCG.
T20 action from Allan Border Oval.
McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket
Both Tim Ley and Philip Wells accomplished significant milestones during their respective limited overs matches played on Saturday in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, as Campbelltown-Camden maintained their advantage at the top of the tree.
Ley was fantastic again for Sydney University against Northern District taking 3-27 to pass 300 wickets in Sydney First Grade cricket, taking him to 301 scalps. Although, his haul couldn’t get the visitors over the line with Northern District passing the 227 posted by the students six wickets down.
Northern District captain Andrew Harriott top-scored for the victors with 51 from 69 balls. Henry Hunt (39) and Jonathan Whealing (30) also produced valuable knocks in the chase.
There were plenty of contributors with the ball for the home team. Joshua Poysden the best of the attack picking up 3-51. Opener Hayden Kerr (54) top-scored for University.
For the second time this season, Philip Wells fell agonisingly short of a century scoring 97 in the limited overs win for Campbelltown-Camden over Gordon, but in the process passed 9,000 First Grade runs.
The fantastic achievement was brought up just after Wells passed his half century on Saturday. He now has 9039 career runs at an average of 42.63.
On the down side, the innings was his second ninety for the season and fourth score better than 80. Despite the frustrating trend continuing for the Campbelltown-Camden No. 3, his fine effort was pivotal to the Ghosts reaching the target of 249 with six wickets in hand.
Next best for Campbelltown-Camden was Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman Oliver Pope with 72. Jarrad Burke scored 8 not out to bring him within just two runs of the magnificent mark of 10,000 First Grade runs.
Harry Evans continued his terrific form for Gordon scoring 88 from 85 balls to take his tally to 613 runs for the season at an average of 68.1.
The win kept the Ghosts one point clear of Eastern Suburbs, who were emphatic in defeating Blacktown by 98 runs. Adam Ezekiel was brilliant for the hosts scoring an almost run a ball 112 at the top of the order to lay the foundation for the 6/258 posted in its 50 overs. Jack Preddey was next best with bat in hand racking up 60 from 52 balls.
Blacktown had no answer in response with Preddey (4-39) and New South Wales Blues’ spinner, Will Somerville (4-36), running through their batting order.
Nick Bertus kept his very good touch going against Hawkesbury in a most comprehensive win for Parramatta. His 90 not out on Saturday took him to 652 runs for the season and 4,080 career runs.
He and Tim Ward (98 not out) combined for a 168-run unbeaten stand to guide the away team to victory, after the Hawks were bundled out for 204 in their 50 overs. Josh Clarke top-scored for Hawkesbury with 52 opening the innings.
Parramatta’s Trent Crittenden (2-11), Jack White (2-31) and Ben Martin (2-38) featured heavily in the wickets. The win put the club into the top six.
John Di Bartolo’s tenth First Grade century against Mosman was crucial in the first win of the season for Penrith. The opener scored 100 from 71 balls in what was an important hundred in the five wicket victory.
Mosman were kept to 9/221 from its 50 overs with Luke Hodges taking the miserly figures of 3-22 from 10 overs. In the chase, Di Bartolo was well supported by Michael Castle (44) at the top of the order with both men combining for an opening partnership of 109.
Western Suburbs’ Jonathan Cook continues to lead the competition in the wicket taking stakes with another four wicket haul (4-28) on Saturday bringing his tally to 34 scalps for the season thus far.
Those wickets were vital for the Magpies as they defeated Fairfield-Liverpool by 14 runs. Western Suburbs were bowled out for 204 with Blues’ swing bowler Gurinder Sandhu taking 3-29.
Blake Macdonald brought up his maiden First Grade century (122 not out) for St George in a big win for the Saints over North Sydney at Hurstville Oval. Nick Stapleton was next best for the home team with 82 from 83 balls in their total of 8/302. The bowling of Michael Kennedy (4-25) was key in restricting the Bears to 9/232 from their allotted 50 overs.
In other matches, Manly-Warringah 8/228 (J Lenton 63 K Ram 2-25) were defeated by Randwick Petersham 8/243 (S Chhibber 66), Sutherland 5/206 (P Saroukos 61 J Scriven 3-42) beat UNSW 9/202 (J Wilson 4-39), and Bankstown 9/233 (D Solway 54 M Stretton 53) defeated Sydney 203 (A Bird 3-36 K Brockley 3-50).