English First Class batsman Zak Crawley has scored the fastest century in NSW Premier Cricket during the Conference semi-finals of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup.
The Sydney middle order batter made 100 not out from a mere 42 balls which beat the record of 45 deliveries held by former South African International Johan Botha and Northern District opener Henry Hunt.
Crawley hit an incredible five fours and nine sixes during his record-breaking knock. It was also his maiden century in NSW Premier Cricket for the 20-year-old from Kent.
Hunt equalled the record against UNSW in round four of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup this season. Botha scored what was then the fastest century for Mosman in a T20 match in 2016/17 against Sydney.
The remarkable century by Crawley was not quite enough to get the defending champions, Sydney, over the line. It went down to Sutherland by four wickets in one of the two semi-finals for the Sydney Sixers Conference.
Sutherland now meet St George next Sunday in the Sixers Conference Final at the SCG after the Saints narrowly defeated Randwick Petersham by six runs.
The finals for the Sixers Conference and Sydney Thunder Conference will be held at the famous ground next Sunday, with the winners of each match to play off in the final to be held under lights that night. The decider starts at 6:30pm.
The winners of each Conference Final also book a ticket to Adelaide where both teams will compete at the inaugural Foxtel National Premier T20 Championships from 5-6 March.
Penrith and Sydney University both progressed to the Thunder Conference Final after both teams won each of their respective semi-finals.
The Panthers finished on top of the Thunder Conference after the six competition rounds and defeated Bankstown by 32 runs at Howell Oval during their semi-final.
In the other semi-final for the Thunder Conference, the third-placed Sydney University prevailed by 16 runs in a tight contest against Campbelltown-Camden.
International super star batsman Steve Smith was crucial to the victory for Sutherland against Sydney. He top-scored with 61 from 33 balls as the men from the Shire chased down 199 to win.
Sutherland secured victory with two balls to spare and finished at 6/199 in reply to 5/198 from the 20 overs.
David Warner (62) made his fifth consecutive half-century in T20 matches for Randwick Petersham in the loss to St George at Hurstville Oval.
Warner was the only Randwick Petersham batsman to score more than 20 and it was the lack of a big partnership that would cost the visitors. Luke Bartier claimed 4-26 for St George.
Randwick Petersham finished at 8/133 in reply to 7/139 posted by St George.
Despite his team’s loss to Penrith, Bankstown spinner Ben Taylor, became the first bowler to pass 30 wickets for the season. He claimed the best figures of the match with 4-24 from his four overs which took him to 31 scalps in First Grade this season.
It is just the second season in the top grade for the ACT/NSW Country left-arm orthodox spinner in the Toyota Futures League.
During his maiden campaign last season, Taylor also claimed 31 wickets at 33.16.
Penrith was bowled out for 151 with three balls left in the allotted 20 overs and dismissed Bankstown for 119 half-way through the 19th over.
Sydney University won the toss and elected to bat first at Raby Oval No. 1. The students made 9/130 from their 20 overs and contained Campbelltown-Camden to 8/114.