Tim Armstrong has blasted Eastern Suburbs to a mammoth ten-wicket victory over Gordon on Sunday, headlining a brilliant eighth round of the Kingsgrove Sports First-Grade T20 Cup. It was the penultimate weekend of the regular season, with the final two rounds to be played as double-headers next Sunday.
Gordon set Eastern Suburbs a very competitive 8/179 off 20 overs before the Dolphins annihilated this total with the loss of no wickets, mainly thanks to Tim Armstrong’s unbeaten 123 from 66 balls, including 14 fours and seven sixes. This was the third highest individual score in the T20 completion since its inception in 2008-09.
Armstrong, 29, was part of the victorious Australian team at the 2010 Under 19 World Cup that also featured future stars Nic Maddinson, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh.
Armstrong received a rookie NSW Blues contract at the end of that season before moving to WA where he played two One-Day games and featured for the Perth Scorchers in the BBL. He also played T20 cricket for the Blues and Sydney Thunder.
His unbeaten opening stand of 182 with Udit Mehta, who scored 53 from 40 balls, is the second-highest opening T20 partnership in First-Grade and the third-highest for any wicket. Eastern Suburbs won with 14 balls to spare.
Steve Colley hit 71 from 41 balls for Gordon, with six fours and three sixes, as well as Tym Crawford’s 53 from 25 balls, featuring nine boundaries and a six. Henry Thornton took 3-37 from four overs for the Dolphins.
Randwick-Petersham was the only team to pass 200 runs for the day, reaching a huge 4/218 against UTS North Sydney. English import Daniel Bell-Drummond scored his fifth consecutive First-Grade half-century, smashing 75 from from 43 balls, including 10 boundaries and a six, backing up his limited overs half-century the day before.
NSW Blues allrounder Daniel Sams hit 44 from 24 balls for Randy Petes, including three boundaries and clearing the rope three times. UTS North Sydney could only manage 3/166 in reply, with opener Thomas Jagot smashing an unbeaten 89 from 62 balls, with 11 fours and a six.
Contracted Blues pairing of Ryan Hackney and Ryan Gibson continued their red-hot form in all forms of cricket, each smashing quick half-centuries for Penrith. Hackney smacked 73 from 41 balls with three fours and cleared the boundary four times, backing up his limited overs century from the previous day.
Gibson hit 69 from 38 balls, smashing six fours and three sixes. The pair were the key men in Penrith reaching 6/199. Hawkesbury was bowled out for 147 in reply.
Blues batsman Daniel Solway scored 56 from 61 balls to guide Bankstown to a nail-biting three-wicket victory over Northern District. Mitch Brown took 4/17 for Bankstown before they were able to chase down Northern District’s 8/115, sealing victory with two balls to spare.
Manly-Warringah recorded a dominant seven-wicket victory over Mosman. The Whales set Manly 8/134, with seamer Joel Foster and Blues fast bowler Ryan Hadley taking 3-22 and 2-21 respectively. Manly reached the total with 15 balls to spare.
Manly’s Jay Lenton went past 5000 First-Grade Runs with his 42 from 21 balls. He now has 5032 runs at an average of over 38. Logan Weston top-scored with an unbeaten 59 from 50 balls, featuring four boundaries and a couple of sixes.
Sutherland defeated UNSW by 36 runs. Sutherland set UNSW 7/199 on the back of Jack Leaning’s 87 not out from 49 balls, hitting five boundaries and four sixes.
Blues batsman Matthew Gilkes smashed 71 from 31 balls, 11 fours and three sixes, during the run chase but it wasn’t enough to get his team over the line.
Sydney set St George 8/178 on the back of half-centuries from Beau McClintock (51), who hit a century for ACT/NSW Country against NSW Metro in the Second XI competition last week, and Ryan Felsch.
Felsch top scored for Sydney with a quick-fire 66 from 31 balls, hitting five fours and five sixes.
St George was limited to 9/156. Nic Bills’ 2/37 for Sydney took him to 400 First-Grade wickets at the average of 22.79 in his 200th match.
Parramatta was bowled out for 178 before restricting Fairfield-Liverpool to 6/165 to record a 13-run win. Blues and Sydney Thunder allrounder Arjun Nair took 3-24 for Fairfield-Liverpool.
Western Suburbs defeated Sydney University by 20 runs. The visitors reached 4/154 before the students were restricted to 9/134.
Campbelltown-Camden achieved a five-wicket victory over Blacktown Mounties. The Ghosts passed Blacktown’s 8/105 with three overs remaining with Campbelltown-Camden finishing 5/106.
NSW Premier Cricket - Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup
Sydney Sixers Conference:
Eastern Suburbs 0-182 (T Armstrong 123no U Mehta 53no) bt Gordon 8-179 (S Colley 71 T Crawford 53 N Doyle 35 H Thornton 3-37 M Atallah 2-20 N Rowe 2-37) at Chatswood Oval,
Manly-Warringah 3-140 (L Weston 59no J Lenton 41) bt Mosman 8-134 (M Calder 53 A Doolan 20 J Foster 3-22 R Hadley 2-21) at Allan Border Oval,
Sydney 8-178 (R Felsch 66 B McClintock 51no T Engelbrecht 3-26 P Francis 3-41) bt St George 9-156 (M Gray 35 B Nikitaras 28 N Stapleton 23 A Glendenning 2-19 R Corns 2-29 N Bills 2-37 R Felsch 2-42) at Hurstville Oval,
Sutherland 7-199 (J Leaning 87no T Doyle 48 J Biviano 32 T Scoble 3-53 A Patel 2-20) bt UNSW 6-163 (M Gilkes 71 B McLean 31 J Attenborough 29 T Doyle 3-27 J Wilson 2-37) at David Phillips South,
Randwick Petersham 4-218 (D Bell-Drummond 75 D Sams 44 R Ayre 38no J Sangha 27 R Aitken 2-24) bt UTS North Sydney 3-166 (T Jagot 89no O Knight 43 D Leerdam 21 D Singh 2-21) at North Sydney Oval.
Sydney Thunder Conference:
Bankstown 7-121 (D Solway 56 M Brown 31 S Rodgie 3-12) bt Northern District 8-115 (S Rodgie 28 B Davis 22 D Lowery 20 M Brown 4-17) at Bankstown Oval,
Campbelltown-Camden 5-106 (J Simmons 47 N Glynn 28no T Atlee 3-27) bt Blacktown Mounties 8-105 (J Gauci 32 E Singh 20 S Skelly 2-24) at Raby Oval 1,
Penrith 6-199 (R Hackney 73 R Gibson 69 T Liddiard 23 A Philip 4-31) bt Hawkesbury 147 (P Forrest 32 D Mckay 32 J Lalor 2-7 L Doddrell 2-25) at Owen Earle Oval,
Parramatta 178 (S Copperfield 40 T Ward 33 T Crittenden 28 N Bertus 23 L Dempsey 23 A Nair 3-24 R Allington 3-35) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 6-165 (P Uppal 45 O Simonsen 2-23 B Taylor 2-38) at Old Kings Oval,