Parramatta and Sydney University play a must-win clash on the last day of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup regular season this Sunday.
Four double-headers will complete rounds nine and 10, with teams to battle for spots in the top four of both the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder conferences. They will then playoff in three weeks of sudden death finals, including the decider on January 12.
Parramatta currently sits just outside the top four of the Thunder Conference and will have two bites at the cherry to break into the finals at the last minute as they host a double header at Merrylands Oval. They take on Sydney University in the morning fixture who are currently sitting in fourth, on the same number of points, therefore making it a must win clash for both sides.
Leading T20 run-scorer and NSW Blues allrounder Hayden Kerr, and leading scorer in Premier Cricket overall, University captain Liam Robertson, will line-up for Sydney University. Kerr has 284 runs in four T20 matches at the incredible average of 94.67, while Robertson has scored 628 runs in Premier Cricket from 12 innings at 57.09.
The students can almost seal their place in the finals with victory in this match, however Parramatta has its second match against the undefeated Bankstown.
The other Thunder conference double header will be hosted by Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale Oval. The contracted Blues trio of captain and off-spinning allrounder Param Uppal, fellow finger-spinning allrounder Arjun Nair, and fast-bowler Chad Sammut are available for the home side.
Sydney Thunder allrounder Nair took 3-24 against Parramatta last Sunday, while Uppal hit a quick 45 from 36 balls. Fairfield-Liverpool are yet to achieve victory after four matches and cannot make the finals. However both their opponents, Hawkesbury and Penrith, are fighting to secure playoff spots.
Hawkesbury captain and former Australian ODI batsman Peter Forrest has been named and hit the fastest NSW first-grade T20 century just under a month ago against Sydney University. His side is sitting in fifth position and must defeat Fairfield-Liverpool in this fixture to have any chance of a finals berth.
Penrith are in third position in the Thunder Conference and can secure a spot in the playoffs with victory over Fairfield-Liverpool in the afternoon fixture.
Penrith will once again feature the heavy hitting Blues contracted duo of Ryan Gibson and Ryan Hackney. They both dominated during the victory over Hawkesbury last Sunday, with Hackney smashing 73 from 41 balls and Gibson belting 69 from 38 balls.
Eastern Suburbs are currently sitting in fourth position on the Sixers Conference table and have two chances to secure their spot in the playoffs as they host a double header at Waverley Oval.
Their first opponents of the day, UTS North Sydney are out of the running this season with only one win from five matches. Sydney Sixers and NSW Metro batsman Justin Avendano captains Norths once again.
The Dolphins host Randwick-Petersham in the second fixture of the day, who are top of the Sixers ladder on five wins from five matches. Blues and Sydney Thunder batsman Jason Sangha is available to captain Randwick-Petersham as well as Blues and Thunder teammate, allrounder Daniel Sams. Sams smashed 44 from 24 balls and took a wicket during the victory over UTS North Sydney last Sunday.
The other Sixers conference double header will take place at Chatswood Oval as Gordon host St George in the opening match, and Mosman in the afternoon fixture. St George need victory here to have any chance of stealing a spot in the finals at the death. On the other end of the spectrum, Gordon are bottom placed and are still looking for their first win.
Mosman only have the single victory this season and are therefore playing for pride along with Gordon in the second fixture. Contracted Blues left-arm fast-bowler Greg West has been named for Mosman.
KINGSGROVE SPORTS T20 CUP
ROUNDs 9 & 10: Sunday 1st December 2019 10:00am & 2:30pm
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