The Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup finals day at the Sydney Cricket Ground will be streamed live on Sunday through the Cricket NSW website and Facebook page.
Hawkesbury will meet Penrith in the Thunder Conference Final at 11am while the Sixers Conference Final between Sydney and Sutherland will begin at 2.30pm.
Each team will be competing for $18,000 in prize money and spectators will be admitted free of charge to the iconic venue for what is sure to be an exciting event to compliment the imminent commencement of the KFC Big Bash League.
The winners of both conferences will then play off for the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup from 6.30pm.
Hawkesbury and Penrith both registered four wins during the qualifying rounds to finish first and third respectively in the Sydney Thunder Conference.
Hawkesbury defeated Northern District last weekend to book its spot in the final. Usman Qadir was outstanding with the ball taking 4-18 to bring his season tally to 20 wickets at 14.05.
Josh Clarke is another player with whom a strong all-round performance may ensure success against a strong Penrith outfit.
Clarke took his 100th wicket in Hawkesbury’s semi-final win last Sunday and has scored 202 runs at an average of 67.33 for the tournament.
It will be a tough assignment for the Hawks against the vast batting depth of the Panthers, including Sydney Sixers’ Jordan Silk, England International player Sam Billings and Sydney Thunder batsman Ryan Gibson.
The wicket taking ability of Michael Castle will also be key to victory for Penrith. Its captain leads the competition with 11 scalps at the impressive average of 7.73.
Sutherland blasted its way into the Sixers Conference Final courtesy of an amazing performance by former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson.
Watson (114 not out) annihilated the Mosman attack last Sunday sending the ball beyond the boundary an incredible 16 times. His century came from just 53 balls.
In a blow to its prospects, Sutherland will be without Watson this Sunday, but will have the services of Blues’ rookie leg spinner Daniel Fallins, and member of the Australian under 19 World Cup squad, Austin Waugh.
In the absence of Watson, the batting of Jamie Brown also takes on extra importance. He will be looking to improve even further on his record of 201 runs at 50.25 and help his team to the crown.
The road to the Sixers Conference Final was far more nerve racking for Sydney, who had to endure the tension and unpredictability of the Super Over.
After Sydney tied the scores, the Tigers’ Matthew Pasternatsky added to his 45 runs during the regulation 20 overs, with 12 runs in the Super Over, to get his team over the line.
The bowling of Matthew Parkinson will be a prime weapon for Sydney given his record of 10 wickets at 15.40 for the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup.
Watch the ball-by-ball action of all three games on Sunday:
Thunder Conference Final
Hawkesbury v. Penrith, Sunday 17 December, 11.00am at the SCG.
Hawkesbury: Jay Dyball (c), Pat Lawrence, Joshua Clarke, Abdul Hameed Kherkhah, Dale Mckay, Toby Flynn-Duncombe, Luke Courtney, Ryan Mizzi, Corey Lowe, Jordan Gauci, Arjun Nair, Usman Qadir, Jaskaran Cheema, Chris Lawrence.
Penrith: Michael Castle (c), Nick Carruthers, Ryan Gibson, Luke Hodges, Cameron Weir, Ryan Hackney, Jake Wholohan, Brent Atherton, Sam Billings, Jordan Silk, Trent Weir, Michael Collins, Brent Williams, Kaine Balgowan, Ryan Smith, John DiBartolo
Sixers Conference Final
Sydney v. Sutherland, Sunday 17 December, 2.30pm at the SCG.
Sydney: Daniel Jacob (c), Ryan Felsch, Anthony Mosca, Delray Rawlins, Benjamin Manenti, Beau McClintock, Nathan Sowter, Ryan Corns, Nicholas Bills, Thomas Ortiz, Justin Mosca, Nick Govers, Matthew Pasternatsky, Harry Manenti, Harry Dalton.
Sutherland: Chris Williams (c), Jarryd Biviano, Peter Saroukos, Jamie Brown, Daniel Fallins, Jake Wilson, Tom Pinson, Jayden Brown, Tom Doyle, Luke Hawksworth, Austin Waugh, Daniel Rixon.
*The Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup Final will be played between the winners of the Conference Finals at 6.30pm on Sunday 17 December at the SCG.
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Ghosts’ captain Jarrad Burke is on the verge of passing the magnificent mark of 10,000 First Grade runs on Saturday, with a number of other players also set to pass significant milestones during their respective limited overs fixtures.
Burke is just two runs shy of the incredible achievement. If he was to bring up the milestone on Saturday, Burke would become just the 25th man to attain 10,000 runs in First Grade. The wily left-arm orthodox spinner is also a mere six wickets short of 600 wickets at that level.
He has been key to Campbelltown-Camden shooting to the top of the ladder, especially with the ball, returning 29 wickets at an average of 15.21.
His side plays Manly-Warringah on Saturday which will be hungry to turn around its form. After starting the season strongly with three wins and one draw from its first four matches, Manly has lost its last three matches to fall out of the top six.
Promising for the visitors is the return to form of New South Wales Blues’ Jay Lenton. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored a timely 63 against Randwick Petersham last weekend showing the true class he possesses as a player. It was his first fifty for the season.
North Sydney captain Justin Avendano is but one run from reaching 3,000 First Grade runs, and will be hoping to find a gap to guarantee the single that will see him attain that milestone, when his side hosts Gordon on Sunday.
Likewise a good innings by Blues’ swing bowler, Trent Copeland, against Parramatta will see him reach the same mark. The St George captain needs an additional 69 runs to bring up 3,000 First Grade runs.
Nick Bertus will be the batsman that the Saints will want to dismiss early. He has scored 652 runs at 72.44 for the season thus far with a top score of 206 not out.
Penrith will be seeking to translate its T20 form to the limited overs format when it takes on the third placed Sutherland.
Luke Hodges has been the best of the Penrith bowlers this season picking up 25 wickets at 16.64 and the Panthers will need him again to produce on Saturday.
The cornerstone of the batting line-up for Sutherland will most likely be Jarryd Biviano, who has been accumulating runs at will this season, racking up 447 runs at 34.38.
Another four wickets to Aaron Bird in Bankstown’s match against Randwick Petersham will also seal 400 First Grade wickets for the bowler, as his side look to push its way into the top six at home.
In other matches, Blacktown play Hawkesbury at Joe McAleer, Mosman host UNSW, Sydney University travel to Rosedale Oval to play Fairfield-Liverpool, Sydney play Northern District at Drummoyne Oval and second placed Eastern Suburbs are away to Western Suburbs.