On a riveting Sunday of cricket at the SCG, Sydney has defeated Penrith to take home its second Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup, while one player has marked a major milestone in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.

Like Penrith, Sydney advanced from third in the Sydney Sixers Conference to make the final.

In the second match of the day, Sydney overcame Sutherland in the final of the Sydney Sixers conference after finding themselves in deep trouble with the bat.

The Tigers were 5/69 at one stage which included two run outs. It was left to Beau McClintock (54 not out) and Nathan Sowter (36 not out) to perform the recovery mission sharing in a partnership of 78 to guide their team to 5/147.

Without Sydney Thunder captain, Shane Watson, the Sutherland batting could never gain the momentum required to chase down the target. Sydney restricting Chris Williams’ men to 9/115. Nic Bills (2-29) and Delray Rawlins (2-21) bowled well for the Tigers.

It was going to be a tough task for Sydney in the final after Penrith decimated Hawkesbury with the ball in the Sydney Thunder Conference final.

All looked promising for the Hawks when Ryan Mizzi (42) and Josh Clarke (27) opened the innings with a partnership of 69. However, Penrith’s first dismissal of Clarke was to have a devastating effect, as the next nine wickets fell for 27 runs.

Ryan Smith (4-18) and Luke Hodges (3-20) destroyed the Hawkesbury batting order with some very effective bowling. Captain Michael Castle finished the job with the bat, scoring 46 from 25 balls. The Panthers sealing the win by seven wickets.

Under the lights of the magnificent SCG, Sydney made an ideal start to the final. The Tigers No. 3 Delray Rawlins was fantastic, scoring 57 from 42 balls, in a total of 7/158 from its 20 overs. Whether in the air or along the ground, Rawlins was dynamic with bat in hand, hitting the rope four times and over it another four times.

His innings was well supported by Beau McClintock in the middle order, who produced another valuable unbeaten effort with 41 not out from 33 deliveries faced. Nathan Sowter was also good again with a quick fire 19 from 10 balls.

Brent Williams (2-19), Michael Castle (2-27) and Luke Hodges (2-29) all picked up two wickets a piece for Penrith.

In reply, the Sydney bowlers suffocated the Panthers’ run rate, taking regular scalps in the process, to confirm a great day for the club.

Nic Bills (2-22) was pivotal early in the chase grabbing the important wickets of the two Penrith openers, John Di Bartolo (10) and captain Michael Castle (0), which included Castle on his first ball.

Nathan Sowter again showed his all-round skill returning 2-17 and snaring two catches. Ben Manenti (2-17) was also very damaging from his 3.1 overs.

Neither England international player Sam Billings (18) or the Sydney Sixers’ Jordan Silk (5) got going for Penrith, with the score at 4/48 at the loss of both wickets.

Ryan Gibson (30) and Ryan Smith (24) were the only batsman to give Penrith some respectability to its score. The innings also taking Smith past 1,000 First Grade T20 runs.

However, it wasn’t to be for the Panthers as they were bowled out for 122 within their 20 overs.

A jubilant Sydney team taking away the T20 silverware with the English left hander, Delray Rawlins, named player of the match for the victors.

McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket

Jarrad Burke has climbed one of the highest mountains in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket to become the 25th man to pass 10,000 First Grade runs during Campbelltown-Camden’s limited overs fixture against Manly-Warringah on Saturday.

The Ghosts’ captain needed just two runs to reach the milestone and made 10. His 10,008 runs have come at an average of 31.67.

Burke also returned 4-26 with the ball in the win for his team, taking his career haul to 598 wickets, which leaves him just two short of becoming only the fourth player to reach 600 wickets and 10,000 runs in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.

The Ghosts were ruthless against Manly dismissing the visitors for 176. James Crosthwaite (37), Cameron Merchant (34) and Ryan Farrell (30) were the best of the batsman.

In response, Manly badly missed Chris Green due to his commitments with the Sydney Thunder, with Mitchell Carruthers scoring 83 not out from 144 balls to get Campbelltown-Camden home by five wickets.

The win maintained the Ghosts’ narrow advantage at the top of the table two points clear of Sutherland who defeated Penrith in a close encounter at Glenn McGrath Oval.

Jamie Brown (101) was outstanding for the hosts bringing up his first century of the season and his third first grade century. Captain and opener Chris Williams was equally as impressive with 91. Sutherland completed its 50 overs at 7/286.

Despite half centuries to Nick Carruthers (65) and Michael Castle (54), Penrith failed to reel in the Sutherland total finishing its innings at 8/267. Wickets were shared by the Sutherland attack with opening bowler Tom Pinson (2-67) leading the way.  

Sydney University captain Nick Larkin continued his excellent season in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket scoring 136 from 141 balls against Fairfield-Liverpool.

It was his second century of the season to take his tally to 346 runs from five innings at an average of 69.2.

His opening partnership of 102 with Hayden Kerr (62) set the tone for the students. Sydney University made 6/314 to post a challenging total for Fairfield-Liverpool to chase.

The Fairfield-Liverpool batsmen fell 47 runs short in reply, as it was restricted to 9/267 in its allotted 50 overs. Two wickets to Liam Robertson (2-29), Tim Ley (2-43) and Devlin Malone (2-68) helping University to victory to keep the students in the top six.

Parramatta went to third on the table with a convincing win at home. Jack White (3-28) and Scott Copperfield (2-18) bowled some very tight lines to contain the St George batsmen, dismissing the visitors for 132.

The hosts were untroubled in the chase winning by seven wickets. Will Affleck 59 not out made his fourth consecutive half-century for Parramatta and his fifth in his last six innings. Tim Ward also made 54 at the top of the order.  

Mosman’s Anthony Adlam (118) made his second century of the season against UNSW on Saturday, but it was an otherwise disappointing match for the Whales.

John Venianakis was terrific with ball in hand for UNSW taking 4-44 from his 10 overs to bring the season haul to 27 wickets at 23.6.

In quest of 237 for victory, Nick Selman (98) and David Dawson (98 not out) added 182 for the second wicket to sail UNSW to a comprehensive eight wicket win.

Bankstown maintained touch with the top six thanks to a superb performance against Randwick Petersham, which was somewhat embarrassing for the hosts.

The Bulldogs ran through the Randwick Petersham batting line-up in under 30 overs to dismiss the hosts for 96. Bankstown quick Nathan McAndrew took 4-28 in the demolition with Ben Taylor (2-7), Kyle Brockley (2-27) and Rhys Williams (2-30) picking up the other six wickets.

Bankstown needed only 17.1 overs to reach the winning target. Chris Ridley top scored for the visitors with 57 from 44 balls.

In other matches, Northern District 135 (J.Colley 31, N.Sowter 4-28, D.Rawlins 3-23) went down to Sydney 4/136 (B.Manenti 50, L.Shaw 3-48), North Sydney 8/209 (B.Bryant 56, M.Junk 4-36) was beaten by Gordon 4/214 (A.Cahlin 93 not out, E.Richtor 55, J. Campbell 2-36), Western Suburbs 3/211 (N.Eckersley 65, N.Cutler 51, J.Preddey 3-42) upset Eastern Suburbs 9/208 (I.Moran 58, J.Cook 2-29, A.Isherwood 2-41), and Blacktown 7/246 (J.Fawcett 72, N.Hinton 71, L.Courtney 2-25) defeated Hawkesbury 218 (C.Lowe 74, TT. Flunn-Duncombe 54, D.Singh 4-42, D.Nicotra 3-14).