Parramatta batsman Ben Abbott has peeled off yet another hundred for the Desert Blaze in the Northern Territory Strike League to make it two centuries in as many weekends.
The top order player for Parramatta in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition followed his knock of 147 from 133 balls for the Blaze last weekend, with yet another frenetic display on Saturday, as he crunched 133 from 96 deliveries for his side in a narrow two-run loss to the Northern Tide.
Abbott is the only player to score two centuries for the tournament, as the Blaze heads into the Final against the City Cyclones on Sunday, despite the limited-overs loss to the Tide.
His innings included 12 fours and an amazing 10 sixes and took him to fifth on the list of leading run-scorers in the 2018 Strike League with 309 runs at an average of 61.8.
Former Sydney Thunder, New South Wales Under 19 and Fairfield-Liverpool player – now mainstay of the Tasmanian Tigers top order – Jake Doran, was pivotal to the Tide getting over the line. He made 168 not out from 126 deliveries.
Northern District opening batsman Henry Hunt is second on the list of leading run-scorers after another solid performance with the bat for the Cyclones during their comprehensive 68-run defeat of the Southern Storm on Saturday.
For the first time in the competition Hunt was moved from his usual position at the top of the order, down the list to No. 5, which did not bother the 21-year-old from Cowra, as he posted a significant 41 from 55 balls to take his tally for the Strike League to 325 runs at 36.11.
His side finished the tournament minor premiers, after the completion of the six T20 matches and three limited-overs fixtures, six points clear of the Blaze.
Parramatta captain Nick Bertus also made a handy 35 from 45 deliveries at No. 4 for the Storm on Saturday to finish his campaign with 159 runs at a tick under 40.00. This total included an impressive T20 ton in round three of the Strike League against the Cyclones where he made 100 not out from 53 balls.