Former Australian One-Day International batsman and Hawkesbury captain Peter Forrest has smashed the fastest ever NSW first-grade T20 century from 39 balls during round five of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup on Sunday.
Forrest, who turns 34 in under a fortnight, made 106 from 41 balls to guide his side to a seven-wicket victory over Sydney University during the second match at Owen Earle Oval.
Hawkesbury reached Sydney Uni’s massive 3/209 with 25 balls remaining. Forrest hit six fours and 10 sixes during this incredible knock.
It was also the highest ever total in NSW first-grade T20s that ended in a defeat.
Bat dominated the ball during rounds four and five of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup on a rain-affected Sunday, with 10 team totals of 160 or more across the 12 matches played.
It was an absolute run-feast across the competition especially highlighted by the double-header hosted by Hawkesbury.
Forrest played 15 One-Day Internationals for Australia in 2012. On Sunday, he recorded a stunning record second-wicket partnership of 179 with opener Ryan Mizzi, who scored 83 off 38 balls, hitting seven boundaries and clearing the rope five times.
Sydney University allrounder Hayden Kerr made the highest score of the day during that record losing innings with an impressive 121 from 70 balls including six fours and eight sixes, continuing his red-hot form this season.
Kerr is the leading run-scorer in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup with 279 runs at an average of 139.5 from three matches.
Forrest also managed a solid 48 off 31 balls earlier in the day during his side’s loss to Northern District. Hawkesbury set Northern District a tough total of 3/189, with Forrest combining with Mizzi again with a 92-run second-wicket partnership, the latter making 83 from 55 balls with 10 fours and two sixes.
The match was an absolute thriller with Northern District passing the total on the last ball on the back of 89 from Nathan Maskell, who hit six boundaries and cleared the boundary six times.
Maskell put on a decisive 88-run eighth-wicket partnership with Matthew Phillips (26), after the pair came together with the score at 7/95 and the match seemingly over.
Eastern Suburbs achieved the amazing score of 1/89 off only 4.5 overs against Mosman before their match was abandoned due to rain at Allan Border Oval.
Tim Armstrong, 47 from 17 balls, and wicketkeeper-batsman Jamie Smith, 37 from 11 deliveries, did all the damage. Each hit four sixes.
Despite a superb knock of 72 from 39 balls from Luke Shelton, Mosman lost the second game of their double header against Easts who won under Duckworth Lewis Stern.
Mosman made 3/147 from the revised 14 overs batting first.
In the first match of the double header hosted by Mosman, UNSW chased down the Whales total of 5/169 with three overs to spare. Captain Michael Burgess was the star for UNSW, hitting 53 from 27 balls, including four boundaries and five sixes.
Sydney defeated Gordon in another high-scoring match at Drummoyne Oval.
Sydney scored 6/178 on the back of 57 from 44 balls from Nicholas Gubbins. Tigers’ seam bowling allrounder Ryan Felsch helped restrict Gordon’s chase to 8/159 with figures of 3-28 from four overs, with Sydney taking a 19-run victory.
It was a contrasting story for Sydney in their second match, suffering a loss to Sutherland. Former Australian International batsman Shane Watson scored a quick-fire 47 from 23 balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes. Chris Williams top scored with 48 from 37 balls.
Sydney were 3/87 from 9.5 overs in reply when rain stopped play. The match was eventually abandoned with Sutherland winning on the Duckworth Lewis Stern method.
Manly-Warringah set UTS North Sydney a highly competitive target of 8/177 in the opening match at North Sydney Oval.
Sydney Thunder off-spinning allrounder Chris Green top-scored for Manly with 64 from 45 balls, hitting four boundaries and four sixes. NSW Blues allrounder Jack Edwards hit a rapid 23 from only 6 balls, clearing the rope three times.
James Campbell took 3/43 for UTS North Sydney, taking him past 200 first-grade wickets. He now has 201 scalps at the average of 27.82.
Edwards backed up his earlier batting effort with the ball, taking 2-19. Brother Mickey took 2-21, and fellow Blues quick Ryan Hadley with 2-32. Manly-Warringah winning by 39 runs.
UTS North Sydney also suffered defeat in their second match, where their target of 102 was run down by St George in 11.2 overs.
Parramatta defeated Western Suburbs by 13 runs. They recorded 7/169 on the back of Ben Abbott, who made 83 from 49 balls, before restricting Wests to 7/157 from the 20 overs.
Western Suburbs suffered another loss in their second match, going down to Blacktown Mounties on Duckworth Lewis Stern. Wests only managed 9/119 from 17 overs in reply to Blacktown’s 8/156.
The double header at Bankstown Oval saw the home side chase down Campbelltown-Camden’s 6/145, before successfully reaching Fairfield-Liverpool’s target of 9/125 with under five overs to spare. They won the first match by seven wickets and the second match by nine wickets.
NSW Premier Cricket Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup
UNSW 4-170 (M Burgess 53 B McLean 46no J Fernandopulle 44) def Mosman 5 -169 (L Hearne 57 L Shelton 41),
Sydney 6 -178 (N Gubbins 57 N Govers 32no) def Gordon 8 -159 (H Evans 45 R Felsch 3-28),
Manly-Warringah 8 -177 (C Green 64 J Campbell 3-43) def UTS North Sydney 9 -138 (O Knight 42), Randwick Petersham v BYE,
Bankstown 3 -146 (M Brown 54no N Carruthers 42 A Bird 32no) def Campbelltown-Camden 6 -145 (H Swindells 65),
Northern District 9-190 (N Maskell 89 B Thompson 3-23) def Hawkesbury 3 -189 (R Mizzi 83 P Forrest 48 D Mckay 46no),
Parramatta 7 -169 (B Abbott 83 J Clarke 3-23) def Western Suburbs 7-157 (J Clarke 47 J Psarakis 40 O Simonsen 3-32),
Penrith v BYE.
Eastern Suburbs 1 -89 (T Armstrong 45 J Smith 37no) def Mosman 3 -147 by DLS (L Shelton 72),
Sutherland 5 -164 (C Williams 48 S Watson 47 T Doyle 42) def Sydney 3-87 by DLS (N Gubbins 31no),
St George 2-106 (B Macdonald 64no) def UTS North Sydney 8 -102 (T Jagot 34 T Ortiz 3-24 N Stapleton 3-25),
Bankstown 1 -126 (M Stoneman 56no N Carruthers 46) def Fairfield-Liverpool 8 -125 (M Critchley 54 B Taylor 3-15),
Hawkesbury 3-213 (P Forrest 106 R Mizzi 83no) def Sydney University 3 -209 (H Kerr 121no L Robertson 46),
Blacktown Mounties 8 -156 (H Sandhu 47no) def Western Suburbs 9-119 by DLS.