The eight teams to qualify for the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup semi-finals have been decided after the final regular season rounds were completed on Sunday.
The clubs of both Steve Smith and David Warner, Sutherland and Randwick Petersham, have both qualified for the elimination stages of the tournament.
They join reigning champions, Sydney, and St George, as the four teams to qualify for the semi-finals in the Sydney Sixers Conference. Penrith, Campbelltown-Camden, Sydney University and Bankstown were the four teams to qualify from the Sydney Thunder Conference.
Sydney defeated Mosman by six wickets on Sunday to remain undefeated. The Tigers and St George both won all four of their matches and finished on top of the Sixers Conference.
Penrith and Campbelltown-Camden also remained undefeated in the Thunder Conference.
Former Australian Test fast bowler Brett Lee was the star attraction at Allan Border Oval. However, despite his addition to the side, Mosman remained winless on Sunday. St George also defeated the Whales by eight wickets.
Lee claimed 2-28 from his four overs against Sydney and 0-32 from 2.5 overs in the loss to St George.
Ryan Corns returned 4-12 for Sydney in its win at Allan Border Oval.
NSW Blues batsman and, Parramatta captain, Nick Bertus passed 5,000 First Grade runs during an impressive 84 from 59 balls in his side’s 24-run loss to ACT at Manuka Oval.
Bertus went to 5,041 career runs at an average of 36.79. He also passed 500 runs for the season to take his tally for the campaign to 582 at 72.75.
His knock against ACT was outshone by a rampant 91 from 54 deliveries from former Adelaide Strikers’ allrounder Jono Dean. He smashed five sixes and six boundaries at the top of the order.
Dean shared an opening stand 101 with fellow allrounder Ethan Bartlett (53) to provide the platform for the win over Parramatta.
Despite missing a place in the playoffs, ACT finished the tournament in style with consecutive victories at home. It also defeated Bankstown, after scores were tied and, the match went to a Super Over.
Both teams finished their 20 overs on 126. Bankstown scored 0/7 from its tie-breaking over that was passed by ACT on the third ball of its Super Over.
Despite the loss, Bankstown qualified for the semi-finals in fourth place on the Thunder Conference table.
Like Bertus, Gordon top-order batsman Steve Colley also passed 5,000 First Grade runs to take his career record to 5,013 runs at 31.52.
Gordon lost its first match on Sunday to Newcastle by four wickets but redeemed itself in the afternoon with a win during the second fixture of its double-header at Chatswood Oval.
The hosts defeated Greater Illawarra by 29 runs. Lachlan Barnsley made 63 from 37 balls for Gordon, while Elliot Richtor claimed 4-14 for the victors and collected seven wickets in both wins.
Ryan Maguire made a defiant 61 from 44 balls for Greater Illawarra.
Sydney Thunder allrounder Arjun Nair produced a marvellous performance with bat and ball in the second win of back-to-back victories for Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval.
Nair made 75 not out from 47 balls opening the batting and claimed 3-22 in a four-run win over Western Suburbs. Isaac Taylor posted a quick fire 84 from 53 balls that almost got the Magpies home.
Blues allrounder Param Uppal collected the tidy figures of 4-18 from four overs in the other win for Fairfield-Liverpool over Blacktown. Wicketkeeper, batsman Raveesh Srivastrava made 67 from 53 deliveries to guide the hosts to a six-wicket triumph with 10 balls to spare.
Despite finishing the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup with successive wins, they were the only two victories for Fairfield-Liverpool during the tournament. It finished a win outside the top four in the Thunder Conference.
Warner remains the leading run-scorer in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket after another effective performance with bat in hand for Randwick Petersham.
He shared an unbeaten opening stand of 155 with Daniel Bell-Drummond to cruise Randwick Petersham to victory against UNSW at Village Green. Warner smacked 76 not out from 51 deliveries including 10 fours and three sixes, while his English opening partner scored 77 not out from just 41 balls.
UNSW was restricted to 7/151 by the Randwick Petersham attack. First change bowler Adam Semple claimed 4-20.
Manly-Warringah finished the tournament on a high. It defeated UNSW by eight wickets in the second match at Village Green.
UNSW captain David Dawson made a solid 60 in a total of 6/146 for the Bumblebees. However, Manly-Warringah sealed the win with four balls to spare.
Blues reserve gloveman and, Manly captain, Jay Lenton (62 not out from 57) and opener Logan Weston (59) were pivotal to the successful run chase.
Warner also made 73 on Saturday against Gordon and has now scored 724 runs this season at the excellent average of 80.44.
Smith remained unbeaten at the crease during both victories for Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval. He made 56 not out from 35 balls in a dominant nine-wicket victory over UTS North Sydney.
He was also unbeaten on 33 from 25 deliveries in the second victory for Sutherland against Eastern Suburbs. Captain Chris Williams also made 58 not out from 52 balls to seal the nine-wicket win.
Sydney University allrounder Hayden Kerr made a forceful 87 not out from 41 balls in a convincing eight-wicket win for the students against the Central Coast at Bill Sohier Oval No. 1.
The chase was completed in the 13th over with Kerr ensuring a swift end to the game. He plundered 11 fours and four sixes during his dynamic knock. Fast bowler Joe Kershaw (4-20) returned the best bowling figures for Sydney University in the win.
The victory for Sydney University ultimately guaranteed a finals spot in the Thunder Conference.
Central Coast lost both games of the double header at Bill Sohier Oval No. 1 to finish the tournament winless. It went down to Northern District earlier in the day by seven wickets.
Campbelltown-Camden confirmed its place in the semi-finals of the Thunder Conference at Owen Earle Oval. It prevailed by 28 runs over Hawkesbury at Owen Earle Oval. Captain for the Ghosts, Phillip Wells, top-scored in the win.
Wells made 75 not out from 56 balls in a total of 5/160. Ben Patterson also returned the good figures of 4-24 from 3.4 overs. Campbelltown-Camden dismissed Hawkesbury for 132.
It was an unsuccessful Sunday for Hawkesbury during its double header at home. Penrith dismissed the Hawks for 122 in defence of 6/170.
Former Australian One-Day International and, Blues batsman, Peter Forrest followed his 164 not out for Hawkesbury on Saturday with another competent knock against Penrith. The Hawks captain made 69 from 49 deliveries.
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