Yorkshire and former NSW SpeedBlitz Blues batsman, Phil Jaques
Last week, NSW SpeedBlitz Blues members Simon Katich, Moises Henriques and recent retiree Phil Jaques, turned out for their English counties in the Division Two of the Championship.
Jaques returned to Yorkshire for his first match of the English season after retiring from the Australian domestic scene at the end of 2011-12. Opening the batting for Yorkshire against Essex, Jaques went on to make 126 with a clinical batting display where he showed that he still has the talent to score big runs.
Jaques has had two previous seasons with Yorkshire (2004, 2005), with his latest ton bringing about his eighth century in 25 First-class matches for the county, taking his total run tally for them to 2603 runs at an average of 63.48.
With no play on Day 1 due to rain, the match ended in a draw with Essex 2/26, after being set 262 runs for victory in the final innings.
View the match scorecard here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2012/engine/current/match/542559.html
In another county clash, NSW SpeedBlitz Blues members Moises Henriques and Simon Katich went head to head with Glamorgan taking on Hampshire.
With former New South Wales coach Matthew Mott in charge of Glamorgan, it was all-rounder Henriques who got the upper hand early over his fellow New South Welshman, trapping him LBW for 9 in Hampshire’s first innings, as they were all out for 156, after bundling Glamorgan out for 103. Glamorgan then fought hard to make 256 in their second innings, leaving Hampshire requiring 204 runs for victory.
A tight finish saw Hampshire chase down the total to win the match by 2 wickets. Katich made 20 in his second dig, whilst Henriques went on to take three wickets for the match. He struggled with the bat, however, making just 8 and 3.
Match Scorecard: http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2012/engine/current/match/542561.html