NSW SpeedBlitz Blues quick, Mitchell Starc
Despite earlier Visa issues, NSW SpeedBlitz Blues and Australian quick Mitchell Starc made his debut for Yorkshire overnight in their List A match against Derbyshire. With Derbyshire batting first, their score was restricted to 219 off 40 overs, with Starc shining with the ball, taking 3/28 from his eight overs. Requiring 220 for victory, Yorkshire chased down the total in the 38th over, as Jaques made 47.
In the English County Championship match between Yorkshire and Hampshire, NSW SpeedBlitz Blues batsman Simon Katich and former colleague Phil Jaques, shone with the bat. After making 196 in the first innings, Katich went on to finish 61no at stumps second time around, as the high scoring match ended in a draw. Former NSW SpeedBlitz Blues batsman, Phil Jaques, made 93 in the first innings.
David Warner and his top of the table Delhi Daredevils took on the Kings XI Punjab on Saturday (19 May), and after winning this toss and electing to bowl, restricted the Punjab batting lineup, which includes Australian players Adam Gilchrist, David Hussey and Ryan Harris, to 141. Opening the batting, Warner showed why he is one of the most exciting T20 batsmen going around, with a quick fire 79 from 44 balls, which included 10 fours and 4 sixes. Delhi chased down 142 for victory in the 19th over, to win the match by 6 wickets.
NSW SpeedBlitz Blues and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson looked to continue his strong individual IPL form for the struggling Rajasthan Royals outfit in their clash with the Deccan Chargers on Saturday. Batting first, Watson fell early for 13, as Rajasthan limped to 126 from their 20 overs. Deccan chased down the total in the 19th over to win the match by 5 wickets. Watson finished with 0/14 from his two overs.
After a disappointing previous performance, Watson made a steady 45 from 36 balls in the Rajasthan clash against the Mumbai Indians overnight. Solid contributions from all batsman saw Rajasthan finish at 6-162 from their 20 overs. Unfortunately, the Rajasthan attacked failed to get a breakthrough and Sachin Tendulkar (58no off 51) and Dwayne Smith (87no off 58) chased down the total after 18 overs. Watson finished with 0/17 from his 3 overs.
Australian Test captain Michael Clarke returned to the Pune Warriors in their clash against Kolkata Knight Riders. Bowling first, Pune restricted Kolkata to 136, with Clarke picking up the crucial wicket of Jacques Kallis for just 13. Pune’s run chase never got going, with wickets falling regularly, as they battled their way to 102 from their 20 overs, still 34 runs short of victory.
NSW SpeedBlitz Blues stars Steve Smith and Brett Lee did not represent Pune and Kolkata respectively, as they were rested for the game. Smith has since returned to Sydney to prepare for the coming season.