Parramatta’s Ben Abbott became the first player to score two centuries on the one day during the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup on Sunday, and one of those, the fastest in the history of the competition.
Peeling off 126 from 52 balls against Bankstown, the younger brother of NSW Blues fast bowler Sean Abbott, took just 35 balls to reach his century beating the previous record of 39 set by former Australian One-Day International batsman Peter Forrest as captain of Hawkesbury less than a month ago.
Despite the spectacular performances during the last regular rounds of the season, Parramatta will not be part of next Sunday’s semi-finals, with the top four from each of the Thunder and Sixers conference making up the playoffs.
Next weekend’s Thunder Conference semi-finals will feature Bankstown playing Northern District at Bankstown Oval, and Penrith taking on Hawkesbury at Howell Oval. The Sixers Conference playoffs will include Randwick-Petersham against St George at Coogee Oval, and Sydney playing Manly-Warringah at Drummoyne Oval.
Following a duck on Saturday during the two-day fixture, Parramatta batsman Abbott smashed 115 from 59 balls, including 13 fours and seven sixes, during the win over Sydney University before backing this up with an even more impressive century, hitting 11 fours and 11 sixes, during a thrilling loss to Bankstown.
Top of the table Bankstown defeated Parramatta off the final ball of the match to chase down 206, thanks to a smashing 107 from 52 balls by opening batsman Nick Carruthers, featuring 14 fours and five sixes. This was Carruthers’ third First-Grade hundred and his first during a T20 game.
The nail-biting four-wicket win ended Parramatta’s charge to the semi-finals, finishing in fifth place of the Thunder Conference just behind Northern District.
Parramatta defeated Sydney University by 15 runs in the opening match of the Merrylands Oval double header, on the back of that first century by Abbott. The home side reached 7/204 before restricting the students to 6/189.
Blues allrounder Hayden Kerr hit an impressive 86 from 40 balls during the unsuccessful run chase, hitting 10 boundaries and clearing the rope six times, continuing his unstoppable form this season.
This took Kerr to 370 runs from five matches, and a new season record for the T20 competition. The previous record was 346 from six matches by former South African Test and Sydney Sixers allrounder Johan Botha in 2016-17.
During the other Thunder Conference double header hosted by Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval, Hawkesbury cemented their spot in the playoffs with an emphatic nine-wicket victory over the hosts.
The visitors knocked over Fairfield-Liverpool for 110, thanks to three wickets each from Austin Philip and Jaskaran Cheema. Hawkesbury ran down the total with ease in 13 overs, keeper-batsman and opener Ryan Mizzi leading the way with an unbeaten 56 from 39 balls.
The afternoon fixture saw Penrith take second spot in the conference with a 33-run victory and ensuring that Fairfield-Liverpool ended the competition without a win.
Penrith reached 7/175, keeper-batsman and opener Tyran Liddiard top-scoring with 48 from 34 balls. Blues contracted off-spinning allrounder Param Uppal took 3-37 from four overs, and fellow Blue Arjun Nair 2-29 from his four overs.
The hosts could only manage 7/142 in reply.
Eastern Suburbs would have made the Sixers Conference semi-finals by winning just one of their two matches at Waverley Oval, however they lost them both.
UTS North Sydney upset the Dolphins in the opening match by posting 3/225 thanks to Oliver Knight’s 82 from 32 balls, including a single boundary and smashing 10 sixes. Knight and opener Thomas Jagot shared 113 runs for the second-wicket after Jagot combined with captain Justin Avendano for an opening stand of 105.
Jagot scored 69 from 51 balls with seven fours and a six, while Avendano hit four boundaries and cleared the rope four times on the way to 61 from 33 balls. The Dolphins were knocked over for 163 on the back of 4-11 from Robert Aitken and 3-27 from Mathew Alexander.
The hosts went down to top of the table Randwick-Petersham by 48 runs in the local derby later that afternoon. Randy Petes made 6/196 before keeping the Dolphins to 6/148.
St George held on to a playoffs spot in fourth position of the Sixers Conference despite going down to Gordon in the first match of the double header at Chatswood Oval. Opener Axel Cahlin smashed 77 from 43 balls, with nine fours and three sixes, to help Gordon set 7/183.
Nathan Stapleton’s 58 from 50 balls wasn’t enough for St George to reach the total, as they ended their 20 overs on 4/170.
The afternoon fixture meant nothing in regards to playoff spots, with both Gordon and Mosman out of contention coming into the final day.
The hosts defeated the bottom placed Mosman by 49 runs after making 8/168 before bowling the away side out for 119 after 16 overs. Mathew Wright took 3-29 from four overs for Gordon.
NSW Premier Cricket: Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup
Sydney Sixers Conference:
UTS North Sydney 3-225 (O Knight 82 T Jagot 69no J Avendano 61 G Furrer 2-29) bt Eastern Suburbs 163 (T Armstrong 60 J Smith 27 U Mehta 26 R Aitken 4-11 M Alexander 3-27) at Waverley Oval,
Gordon 7-183 (A Cahlin 77 S Colley 36 L Bartier 3-36) bt St George 4-170 (N Stapleton 58 B Nikitaras 34 L Bartier 29) at Chatswood Oval.
Manly-Warringah, Sutherland, Sydney & UNSW Bye.
Sydney Thunder Conference:
Hawkesbury 1-111 (R Mizzi 56no B Qureshi 29 P Forrest 23no) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 110 (M Critchley 25 A Nair 23 J Cheema 3-14 A Philip 3-34) at Rosedale Oval,
Parramatta 7-204 (B Abbott 115 L Dempsey 22 C Cassell 3-30 D Holloway 2-42) bt Sydney University 6-189 (H Kerr 86 D Mortimer 35 T Cummins 25no T Crittenden 2-23 O Simonsen 2-33) at Old Kings Oval.
Blacktown Mounties, Campbelltown-Camden, Northern District & Western Suburbs Bye.
Randwick Petersham 6-196 (S Eaton 43 R Ayre 34no D Hunter 26 D Bell-Drummond 23 A Sams 20 M Atallah 3-22) bt Eastern Suburbs 6-148 (J Preddey 54 J Smith 28 T Armstrong 20 R Ninan 2-22 D Singh 2-40) at Waverley Oval,
Gordon 8-168 (N Doyle 53no A Cahlin 43 C Stobo 41 D Crawford 2-23 S Sykes 2-23 L Shelton 2-46) bt Mosman 119 (M Calder 51 E Eales 20 M Wright 3-29 N Doyle 2-25 S O'Brien 2-25) at Chatswood Oval.
Penrith 7-175 (T Liddiard 48 C Weir 42 R Gibson 35 P Uppal 3-37 A Nair 2-29 M Critchley 2-39) bt Fairfield-Liverpool 7-142 (L Ohrynowsky 35 R Srivastava 33 P Uppal 28 L Hodges 2-13 J Lalor 2-23 M Collins 2-26) at Rosedale Oval,
Bankstown 6-207 (N Carruthers 107 N McAndrew 28 M Stoneman 26) bt Parramatta 8-206 (B Abbott 126 T Ward 24 M Brown 3-26 A Bird 2-43 B Taylor 2-61) at Old Kings Oval.
Randwick Petersham 18
Sydney 12 (1.4098)
Manly-Warringah 12 (0.1256)
St George 9 (0.5004)
Sutherland 9 (0.1529)
Eastern Suburbs 9 (-0.492)
UTS North Sydney 6
Penrith 12 (0.9917)
Hawkesbury 12 (0.5096)
Northern District 12 (0.1554)
Parramatta 12 (-0.338)
Sydney University 9
Blacktown Mounties 6
Western Suburbs 3
Semi-Finals (8th Dec):
Randwick Petersham v St George at Coogee Oval;
Sydney v Manly-Warringah at Drummoyne Oval;
Bankstown v Northern District at Bankstown Oval;
Penrith v Hawkesbury at Howell Oval.