Opening batsman Henry Hunt has equalled the fastest century in Sydney First Grade cricket on Sunday in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup.
The ACT/NSW Country opener pummelled 104 from a mere 47 balls against UNSW and brought up his century in just 45 deliveries. He equalled former South African International allrounder, Johan Botha, for the fastest hundred.
Botha set the record in 2016-17 playing for Mosman. Hunt crushed seven fours and the same number of sixes during his knock.
St George pace bowler Thomas Ortiz also claimed the first hat-trick of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup this season during his side’s 55-run win over Sutherland. He collected 4-30 from 3.2 overs.
Hunt shared a huge 137-run second wicket partnership with Angus Robson (64) during the course of his blistering century against UNSW.
However, despite the magnitude of the innings, it could not get the Dolphins over the line in one of the highest scoring matches in the history of the competition.
The hosts made 4/230 from its 20 overs and, needed a six off the last ball of the match, but fell seven runs short of victory at Waverley Oval, after a wicket fell on the final ball.
His opening partner for ACT/NSW Country in the Toyota Futures League, Matt Gilkes, made a frenetic 70 from just 31 balls in the students’ total of 4/236 that set a new record for the highest T20 team score.
Hunt also made 75 from 53 balls in the first match of the double header for Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval against Gordon. The hosts prevailed in that fixture by seven wickets.
In partnership again with Robson (58), Hunt added 134 for the second wicket to all but seal the win.
Gilkes went past 500 runs for the season in the win over Eastern Suburbs. He has made 509 runs at an average of 63.62 for UNSW.
The dynamic left-hander was one of three players to pass 500 First Grade runs for the season on Sunday.
Randwick Petersham and world class opening batsman, David Warner, and UTS North Sydney top order batter, Adam Crosthwaite, also reached the mark.
Warner crunched 81 from 49 balls in an emphatic nine-wicket victory for Randwick Petersham over Norths at North Sydney Oval. He reached the boundary eight times and cleared it on four occasions.
In partnership with English First Class batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond (58), Warner shared an opening stand of 139. Victory was achieved for the away side in just the 15th over.
In the beaten side, Simon Keen thumped 84 from 53 balls for North Sydney.
Warner is the leading run-scorer across all formats in Sydney First Grade thus far this season. He has 575 runs to his name at 71.9.
Crosthwaite passed the 500 mark in the second match of the double header at North Sydney Oval. His impressive 124 in the 82-run win over Greater Illawarra took him to 541 runs at 60.11. The knock included 14 boundaries and six strikes over the rope.
However, it was Robert Aitken who starred for North Sydney. The off-spinner claimed the first five-wicket haul of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup this season. He claimed 5-20 from his four overs.
The hattrick of Ortiz overshadowed a good bowling performance by Dwarshuis at Hurstville Oval. He returned 4-31 in his side’s defeat.
Sixers team mate and Blues leg spinner Daniel Fallins also claimed the solid figures of 3-29 from four overs. It took his season’s tally across all forms to 22 wickets at 20.4.
St George dismissed Sutherland for 120 in defence of 8/175. It was the second of two victories for the Saints on Sunday.
They defeated Manly-Warringah by four wickets, despite a fine 64 from 40 balls by Basil Sellers Scholar, Oliver Davies.
The two wins moved St George into equal first on the Sixers conference table with defending champions, Sydney, on 18 points.
Sydney defeated Newcastle in its only match on Sunday at Waratah Oval. The Tigers cruised to victory by eight wickets, in just the seventh over, after it dismissed the home side for 69.
Despite the heavy loss, Newcastle maintained touch with the top two in the Sixers Conference as a result of its 15-run victory over Mosman. Nathan Hudson made 79 not out from 56 balls and top scored for the Novocastrians in the win.
In the Sydney Thunder conference, Campbelltown-Camden quick Sam Skelly returned the outstanding figures of 4-11 from four overs in a dominant eight wicket triumph for his club against Blacktown at Joe McAleer Reserve.
The hosts were bowled out for 96 in the 20th over which the Ghosts chased down within 14 overs.
Blacktown defeated Central Coast by 16 runs in the second match of its double header. Antum Naqvi picked up 4-24 for the victors.
Bankstown and Thunder allrounder Nathan McAndrew made his second half-century and, highest score of the tournament so far, in the 53-run victory over Northern District. He hit 78 from 43 balls including four boundaries and five sixes.
His efforts combined with the skill of left-arm orthodox spinner Ben Taylor (4-20) ensured a comfortable victory for Bankstown. Northern District was bowled out for 128 in reply to 8/181.
The win for Bankstown put it at the top of the Thunder Conference table on 18 points equal with Penrith and Campbelltown-Camden.
Northern District also comprehensively lost its second match on Sunday. It went down to Parramatta by 66 runs after it was bowled out for 90.
Parramatta captain and Blues batsman, Nick Bertus, made 59 from 35 balls at the top of the order in the win. Seamer Jack White returned 3-7 and, keeper Liam O’Farrell claimed five dismissals, including three catches and two stumpings.
Blues and Thunder top order batsman Ryan Gibson (61) also made his second half-century of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup for Penrith.
Gibson was the anchor for a big total of 9/180 posted by Penrith against Fairfield-Liverpool at Howell Oval. The Panthers prevailed by 49 runs after they restricted the visitors to 9/131.
Penrith quick Ryan Smith claimed the tidy figures of 3-15 from three overs.
The victory over Fairfield-Liverpool made it two from two for the Penrith on Sunday. It also comfortably defeated Sydney University by eight wickets.
Former Australian One Day International batsman, Peter Forrest, made a pivotal 65 not out from 33 balls for Hawkesbury to lead his side to an eight-wicket win against Western Suburbs. The Hawks captain struck seven sixes and only three fours in his knock.
In the other match at Pratten Park, Western Suburbs defeated ACT by 39 runs. The visitors were bowled out by 79.
NSW Premier Cricket: Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup
Sydney Sixers Conference:
Eastern Suburbs 3-145 (H Hunt 75 A Robson 58no M Junk 2-16) bt Gordon 7-143 (T Crawford 59 S O'Brien 32 G Furrer 3-20 T Armstrong 2-16) at Waverley Oval,
Newcastle 4-181 (N Hudson 79no J Dickson 34 N Price 23 D Crawford 3-27) bt Mosman 166 (J Fawcett 53 P Pisel 32 L Shelton 27 L Hearne 20 P Lojszczyk 3-28 D Robertson 3-37 N Foster 2-26) at Waratah Oval,
Randwick Petersham 1-148 (D Warner 81 D Bell-Drummond 58no) bt UTS North Sydney 8-147 (S Keen 84 M Alexander 25no A Semple 2-15 M Jenkins 2-36) at North Sydney Oval,
St George 6-163 (J Rose 33 T Engelbrecht 26 N Ellis 24 A Whatley 24no A Beard 2-26) bt Manly-Warringah 6-160 (O Davies 64 T Doonan 39 N Stapleton 2-24 T Ortiz 2-26 N Ellis 2-27) at Hurstville Oval.
Sydney Thunder Conference:
Campbelltown-Camden 2-97 (P Wells 32no B Patterson 25no J Cormack 23) bt Blacktown 96 (S Skelly 4-11 L Webb 3-22) at Joe McAleer Reserve,
Bankstown 8-181 (N McAndrew 78 M Waite 34 N Carruthers 26 C Soper 3-33 T Felton 2-20 B Davis 2-32) bt Northern District 128 (A Harriott 50 B Davis 26 B Taylor 4-20 M Brown 3-36) at Mark Taylor Oval,
Penrith 2-127 (R Gibson 38 R Hackney 33no C Weir 30no J DiBartolo 25) bt Sydney University 7-123 (L Robertson 42 H Kerr 31 J Lalor 2-30) at Howell Oval,
Hawkesbury 2-112 (P Forrest 65no T Wilson 24) bt Western Suburbs 6-109 (J Psarakis 50 N Radhakrishnan 2-29) at Pratten Park.
UNSW 4-236 (M Gilkes 70 D Dawson 55 H Brook 46 J Byrnes 43no S Meaker 2-50) bt Eastern Suburbs 4-230 (H Hunt 104 A Robson 64 T Armstrong 31 S Robson 25 H McLean 2-30) at Waverley Oval,
Sydney 2-72 (D Smith 39 R Felsch 21) bt Newcastle 69 (B Manenti 3-16 B Mitchell 2-16) at Waratah Oval,
UTS North Sydney 6-229 (A Crosthwaite 65no J Avendano 24 S Keen 22) bt Greater Illawarra 9-142 at North Sydney Oval,
St George 8-175 (N Stapleton 50 L Bartier 41 N Ellis 27 J Rose 23 T Engelbrecht 22 B Dwarshuis 4-31 D Fallins 3-29) bt Sutherland 120 (P Saroukos 45 S Smith 23 T Ortiz 4-30 inc hat-trick N Ellis 2-11 T Engelbrecht 2-21) at Hurstville Oval.
Blacktown 5-122 (J Gauci 51 W Tareen 28no) bt Central Coast 106 (C McLoughlin-Gavin 32 T Cornwell 21 A Naqvi 4-24 A Kherkhah 3-11) at Joe McAleer Reserve,
Parramatta 7-156 (N Bertus 59 A Talwar 38 B Abbott 20 B Davis 2-18 C Soper 2-28) bt Northern District 90 (Z Honeybrook 21 J White 3-7 O Simonsen 2-15 M Emran 2-24) at Mark Taylor Oval,
Penrith 9-180 (R Gibson 61 J Lalor 30 B Williams 27 R Hackney 22 T Liddiard 20 P Uppal 3-25 D Aviet 3-40) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 9-131 (A Nair 33 P Uppal 28no) at Howell Oval,
Western Suburbs 7-118 (T Burt 33 L Sparke 28no S Devoy 3-17 M Ninneman 2-13) bt ACT 79 (J Hatton 23no S Croft 3-7 J Cook 3-12) at Pratten Park.