Several of the finest players in NSW Premier Cricket are among the top performers in the Northern Territory Strike League taking place in Darwin during July.
This weekend the tournament changes from the T20 format to 50 overs, and during the six matches played to date, Northern District opener Henry Hunt and, captain of the 2017/18 NSW Premier Cricket champions Parramatta, Nick Bertus, are on the list of the top 10 leading run-scorers for the Strike League.
Hunt has scored 231 runs at an average of 38.50 at the top of the order for the City Cyclones and is the second leading run-scorer in the Strike League behind Western Australian batsman Will Bosisto, who has posted 240 runs at 60.00 for the Southern Storm.
Despite only playing the two matches to this point in the tournament, Bertus is eighth on the list of leading run-scorers courtesy of 122 runs from his two innings for the Storm.
He scored an excellent 100 not out from a mere 53 balls in round three against the Cyclones, which ensured a convincing win for his side at Marrara Oval No. 2.
The performances of Hunt during the Strike League have helped the Cyclones reach equal first on the competition ladder with the Desert Blaze.
He made his highest score against the Storm in round two, when he scored 82 from 57 balls to get the Cyclones over the line with a ball to spare.
Last season in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition, both men were among some of the form batsmen for the season.
Hunt compiled 840 runs at a tick under 50 including three centuries, while the good form of Bertus during the Strike League continues some great touch he showed in NSW Premier Cricket during 2017-18.
The wicketkeeper-batsman posted 916 runs at 45.8 last season including a highest score of 206 not out, and claimed 29 dismissals in 21 matches behind the stumps.
Bertus was pivotal to breaking a 53-year premiership drought for Parramatta in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Belvidere Cup with a vital 85 from 222 balls in the final against Sydney University that lasted six hours.
Sutherland quick Tom Pinson has also impressed with his extra pace during the Strike League. He reportedly bowled with good speed for the Northern Tide last weekend in their victory over the Blaze. He claimed 1-13 from his four overs.
Pinson has collected three wickets at 49.00 and an economy rate of 7.00.