Sutherland win Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup
Date of Event NSW Premier Cricket: Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:04PM
Player of the Match in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup Final, Sutherland batsman Jamie Brown. Credit: Ian Bird Photography.

David Gavin

Sutherland claimed the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup trophy for the first time on Sunday night with a commanding five-wicket victory over Sydney University in the final under lights at the SCG.

Top-order batsman Jamie Brown was named Player of the Final after he produced a superb 35 not out from as many balls to guide his side to victory. After it was set 123 to win, Sutherland secured the trophy with more than five overs to spare.

Brown hit two massive sixes into the second tier of the Ladies stand during his match-winning knock.

The champions, captained by Steve Smith, booked a place in the decider earlier in the day with an equally convincing win in the Sydney Sixers Conference final at the SCG, defeating St George by six wickets.

Sydney University overcame Penrith to win the Thunder Conference final at the famous ground, also by six wickets.

Following their conference final wins, Sutherland and the students will now travel to Adelaide in March to compete at the inaugural Foxtel National Premier T20 Championships.

Sutherland was awarded a $12,000 prize cheque as champions of the competition. Sydney University received $4,000 as runners-up.

Penrith and St George each received $1,000 as Conference finalists.

Sutherland set up victory in the final with an excellent team bowling performance where every bowler used contributed in the wickets column.

Blues and Sixers leg-spinner Dan Fallins returned best figures for Sutherland of 3-22 from his four overs.

Fellow spinner Tom Doyle (2-38) joined Fallins as one of the three multiple wicket takers for Sutherland. He claimed the vital scalps of the leading run-scorer for Sydney University in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup, Hayden Kerr (40 from 25), and the dangerous Nick Walker (6).

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Walker made an impressive 50 not out from 47 balls to guide Sydney University to victory against Penrith in the Thunder Conference decider.

Paceman Tom Pinson (2-12) was the other multiple wicket taker for Sutherland in the final. He was at one stage on a hat-trick after he claimed the wickets of University captain Liam Robertson and wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Cummins for ducks in consecutive deliveries.

In the run chase, Sutherland was always ahead of the required run rate, despite the steady flow of wickets. An important 43-run partnership from 35 balls between Brown and Austin Waugh (15 from 18) definitively put the result beyond doubt.

Waugh was also a star in the field during the last day of competition in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup. He took an absolute blinder to dismiss Blues batsman Kurtis Patterson in the Sixers Conference final.

The allrounder was mid-air, parallel to the ground, when he completed the spectacular catch behind square leg. It was one of three catches for Waugh in the win over St George.

Patterson (26) top-scored for St George in the Sixers Conference final after Sutherland sent the Saints in to bat.

St George was restricted to 8/112 from its 20 overs. Sutherland finished the match 4/116 and won with two overs remaining.

Smith made a composed 42 not out from 44 balls to steer his team home against the Saints.

Three bowlers each collected two wickets a piece for Sutherland in that win. Fallins (2-16), Smith (2-17) and Daniel Rixon (2-12) all claimed multiple scalps.

For the second time on the weekend, Devlin Malone again found himself amongst the wickets in the Thunder Conference final.

The Sydney University leg-spinner claimed 3-18 from his four overs to follow his 5-55 on Saturday against Mosman in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition. His haul included the pivotal wicket of Blues batsman Ryan Gibson (33 from 25), to help his club contain Penrith to 9/126.

After Sydney University dramatically lost two wickets in the first over, including Kerr first ball, the students recovered through Walker in concert with Blues opener Nick Larkin (33 from 34) and a blistering knock from Robertson to get over the line within 18 overs.

Robertson peeled off 38 from 19 balls in an innings that comprised four boundaries and two sixes. Sydney University finished 4/129.

Last updated: Monday December 17, 2018 2:09PM