Sydney are the 2019/20 Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup champions after defeating Hawkesbury by 46 runs in a rain-affected Final at Drummoyne Oval, on Sunday afternoon.
Largely thanks to former NSW Blues wicketkeeper-batsman and Sydney captain Daniel Smith, who plundered 89 from 47 balls, the Tigers secured their second T20 title in three seasons. His fifty came off 33 balls.
Smith’s Player of the Match performance helping Sydney to a massive 3/169 from their rain-reduced 15 overs. Competing in its first T20 First Grade Final, Hawkesbury finished 7/123 in reply.
By making the final both Sydney and Hawkesbury will travel to Adelaide in March to compete in the National Premier T20 Championships, as Sixers and Thunder Conference champions respectively.
Allrounder Ryan Felsch was also key to victory on Sunday. The Sydney seamer claimed the top three Hawkesbury batsmen, including Hawks captain and former Australian One-Day International batter Peter Forrest for 42 from 25 balls.
Felsch returned 4-15 from three overs.
After much-needed rain delayed the start of play, Sydney lost two early wickets for 25 before Smith was joined at the crease by Nick Gubbins, who peeled off 57 not out from 34 balls. The pair shared a 144-run third wicket stand from 79 deliveries.
Smith, 37, cleared the boundary rope seven times during his match defining knock and reached it on four occasions. Gubbins hit just as many fours and three sixes.
Sydney fast bowler Nic Bills also claimed three catches to complement his tidy figures of 1-21 from three overs.
Forrest finished third leading run-scorer for the tournament with 338 runs averaging 48.29, including what was then the fastest First Grade T20 century recorded, when he blasted 106 from just 41 balls against Sydney University in November. He reached his century in 39 deliveries.
This was surpassed by Parramatta batsman Ben Abbott later in the T20 Cup who took just 35 balls.
Recent Sydney Sixers BBL debutant, allrounder Hayden Kerr, finished top of the run-scorers list posting 370 runs for Sydney University at the amazing average of 92.5.
Randwick Petersham spinner, and former squad member of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, Ryan Ninan finished leading wicket taker in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup with 18 scalps at 12.61.