Parramatta batsman Ben Abbott smashed a rampant century for the Desert Blaze in the Northern Territory Strike League on Saturday, while star recruit for Randwick Petersham this season, David Warner, also showed his world class capabilities.
The brother of New South Wales Blues fast bowler Sean Abbott made 147 from 133 balls at the top of the order for the Blaze in their convincing six-wicket win over the Southern Storm. It was the highest score posted for the tournament thus far.
Warner impressed in both matches for the City Cyclones on the first weekend of the limited-overs stage in the Strike League held on Saturday and Sunday. Each of the four teams played back-to-back matches.
He made 93 from 139 deliveries on Sunday to help set up an 18-run win for his side over the Blaze, which followed 36 from 32 balls in the seven-wicket victory for the Cyclones against the Northern Tide.
In that match against the Tide, fellow Cyclones opener and Northern District batsman, Henry Hunt also made a solid 42 from 39 balls.
Sutherland paceman Tom Pinson yet again impressed with ball in hand. He claimed 3-32 from 7.5 overs for the Tide during their emphatic 67-run win over the Storm on Sunday.
After the weekend, Hunt is the third leading run-scorer in the Strike League. Across the six T20 and two one-day matches played to date, he has amassed 284 runs at an average of 35.50 including a highest score of 82 from 57 deliveries against the Storm in round two.
Hunt trails the leading run-scorer for the tournament, local NT cricketer Graeme Beghin, by 54 runs.
The whirlwind ton by Abbott on Saturday took him inside the top 10 leading run-scorers for the Strike League. The aggressive top order player now sits in ninth position courtesy of that century with 176 runs to his name at 44.00.