Former Australian spearhead Brett Lee headlines a host of class players to feature in rounds three and four of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup this Sunday.
It will be the renowned fast bowler’s fifth match for Mosman in the last six seasons and is sure to attract many fans to Allan Border Oval to see the firebrand quick in action once more.
He joins former South African player Johan Botha in a formidable line-up for Mosman in its double header against UNSW and North Sydney.
The Whales currently sit fifth in the Sydney Sixers’ conference and back-to back wins on Sunday should leave the North Shore club well positioned after four rounds.
The ability of the Mosman attack to contain UNSW batsman Joseph Byrnes, who is the leading run-scorer for the competition after two matches with 148 runs at a strike rate of 139.6, will be key to victory in the first of the two matches.
On the other hand, North Sydney will miss the big hitting capabilities of Justin Avendano. The top-order batsman has scored 115 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 191.7 with a highest score of 63 against Sydney in round one.
St George welcome back Blues captain Moises Henriques and Kurtis Patterson for its matches at Hurstville Oval against Randwick-Petersham and Gordon.
The addition of Henriques is particularly significant for the Saints given his tremendous record in the T20 format. The all-rounder has amassed a total of 3165 runs and taken 105 wickets in franchise Twenty20 cricket and is a very tactical captain at that level.
Randwick Petersham will be without in form batsman Jason Sangha for its clash, who is currently playing against England for a Cricket Australia XI.
Campbelltown-Camden will be looking to push their case for the semi-finals in the Sydney Thunder conference when they meet the strong Fairfield-Liverpool and table-topping Hawkesbury.
Sydney Thunder batsman and former New South Wales Blues’ player, Ben Rohrer, will bring a wealth of experience to the Fairfield-Liverpool side.
Jarrad Burke is the crucial player for the Ghosts. He made a solid start in his first match against the ACT and will be a weapon if he can convert his form in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition to the shorter format and replicate his feats of last season. The spinner took 12 wickets at an impressive 6.58 to be the leading wicket taker in the competition for Bankstown.
Big scores by the dynamic Josh Clarke and Jordan Gauci will be pivotal to the prospects of the visitors in the second match at Raby Oval No. 1.
Parramatta play Bankstown and the Central Coast in its double header at Old Kings Oval. Nick Bertus will be the major wicket for both opponents after scoring 206 not out from 225 balls against Bankstown last Saturday and restricting his free-flowing style is essential.
Central Coast will be buoyant heading into its match after reaching the final of the Country Championships last weekend. The spin of Adam Taylor, Blair Lindsay and Chris Archer holds the key for the regional team.
Northern District is yet to open its account in the Sydney Thunder conference and will be aiming to break the duck at Mark Taylor Oval, when it takes on Sydney University and then ACT later in the day. The remaining matches in that pool involve Western Suburbs, who are at home to Penrith and Blacktown.
Both Eastern Suburbs and Manly-Warringah travel to Newcastle. Manly-Warringah led by captain Chris Green were the surprise of the Sydney Sixers’ conference in its first two rounds of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup after losing both of its matches. To keep its finals hopes alive, the leaders of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition will need a win over the Novocastrians.
On the flip side, Eastern Suburbs have translated their form in the longer formats and are pushing for a top four place in its group. The Sydney Sixers’ Academy player, Ryan O’Beirne, has already started his T20 campaign for the club in style after taking 5-15 against North Sydney in round two and the Country Championships’ finalists will need to be wary.
The other matches to complete round three and four of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup in the Sixers’ conference involves Illawarra, who play host to Sutherland and Sydney respectively. Brother of New South Wales and Australian batsman Nic Maddinson, Duncan is among a number of talented players representing the South Coast.