Gordon and Sutherland have qualified for the semi-finals of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup for the first time, while Campbelltown-Camden shot to the top of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket ladder on Saturday.
The race has now narrowed to see who claims the $12,000 first prize as T20 champions on 17 December at the SCG, with the final four in each of the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers conferences now settled after Sunday’s fixtures.
Sutherland secured its spot in the finals after overcoming Newcastle by eight runs on Sunday afternoon, with Jamie Brown (69) and Sydney Thunder captain Shane Watson (41) leading the way for the hosts.
The men from the Shire have drawn to meet the team that defeated them in their other match on Sunday. Mosman finished top of the Sydney Sixers’ conference courtesy of the tense super over win at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Johan Botha took 3-13 to help restrict Sutherland and force the match into overtime with plenty of batsman from both sides making starts without going on to make a big score. The Whales prevailing by two runs after scoring 1/12 in reply to the 0/10 posted by Sutherland in the Super Over.
Scott Rodgie hit a six off the last ball of the Super Over to win the match. A four would have seen them tie the match, which in turn, would have seen Sutherland leapfrog Mosman to finish in first place in the Sixers conference.
Gordon booked its appointment with Sydney next Sunday after defeating North Sydney by seven wickets at Chatswood Oval. Tym Crawford blasted 61 from 26 deliveries at the top of the order to all but guarantee the victory.
UNSW denied Gordon consecutive victories on the day, despite Matthew Junk taking 3-7 in the Super Over for the hosts. Nick Selman continued his prolific run of form in the match, scoring 82 and taking his tally to 503 runs for the season at 100.6.
Despite losing to St George in the afternoon by seven wickets, Sydney sealed its place in the latter stages of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup with a 20-run win over Manly-Warringah in the morning.
Captain Chris Green did his best to get Manly across the line, taking 2-18 and scoring 50 with the bat, but it wasn’t enough. Ben Manenti was instrumental in the Tigers’ victory scoring 68 from 52 balls.
Penrith headed into Sunday knowing it needed successive wins at home against Campbelltown-Camden and ACT to be certain of a place in the finals of the Sydney Thunder conference, and that is exactly what they did.
In its first match for the day, England international Sam Billings (37) along with captain Michael Castle (34) made significant contributions in the eight-run win over the Ghosts.
It was much more emphatic in the second match against ACT. John Di Bartolo top scored for the Panthers with 66 from 35 balls and Michael Castle completed a terrific all-round day returning 3-3 from just seven balls bowled.
Penrith now play Parramatta after it finished second in the Thunder conference. A massive 74-run win for Parramatta over Fairfield-Liverpool confirmed the local derby semi-final, helped by 58 off 43 balls by Tim Ward.
A superior net run-rate saw Hawkesbury finish top of this group. The Hawks tore through Blacktown to dismiss the hosts for 97.
It was the spin duo of Arjun Nair (3-14) and Usman Qadir (3-15) that played havoc with the Blacktown batsmen. Hawkesbury reached the winning target with eight wickets in hand and will now play last year’s champions, Northern District, in the semi-finals.
Daniel Solway produced the best batting performance of the day scoring 104 not out from 65 balls against Central Coast. It was his second successive First Grade century in a comprehensive triumph for Bankstown.
However, the 71 run win was not quite enough for a finals berth for his club with Northern District finishing six points clear in fourth.
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Campbelltown-Camden looked set for an outright victory on Saturday after Luke Webb ripped through the Western Suburbs’ batting order, who were dismissed for a mere 79 in under 30 overs. His 5-26 from 10 overs was his second five-wicket haul for the season and his best figures to date.
Jarrad Burke picked up more wickets for the season, taking 2-14 in the first innings. Faisal Nasim also took 2-11 for the Ghosts.
The Magpies’ were much more convincing in the second innings, seeing out the day to finish 1/143 due to some solid batting from Nicholas Cutler (64 not out) and Isaac Taylor (59 not out). The first innings win put the Ghosts into first position of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket ladder.
Eastern Suburbs’ Angus Robson scored 80 runs in good time to help his club to a five-wicket first innings victory over a strong Fairfield-Liverpool side led by Gurinder Sandhu (2-32). The efforts of Sam Doggett (3-34) and Jack Preddey (3-34) were pivotal in the triumph.
The win puts Easts into second position on the table just ahead of Sydney University and Randwick Petersham on quotient.
Penrith failed to slow the momentum of Randwick Petersham with the visitors recovering from 5/94 at the close of play last Saturday, to finish 9/261 before umpires halted play due to inclement weather. Daniel Sams top scored with a quick fire 87 from 79 balls down at No. 8 and Soumil Chhibber showed some fantastic patience at the crease scoring 69 from 177 balls. Luke Hodges was the best of the bowlers for Penrith returning 3-54.
Anthony Adlam brought up his maiden First Grade century (103 not out) on Saturday in a drawn result against Blacktown. Patrick Pisel also scored 52 from 71 balls for the Whales, as Mosman finished 3/194 before rain stopped play.
Josh Clarke again piled on the runs against Northern District opening the batting for Hawkesbury. He scored 103 in what was to be another draw due to rain.
Clarke has scored 609 runs at an average of 76.1 for the season thus far.
Manly-Warringah continued a disappointing run of form, bowled out for 143 to give Sutherland first innings’ honours. The assignment was already made hard by the fact Manly was 6-91 when resuming on Saturday, and the mountain was too steep to climb, losing its last four wickets for 38 runs. Jake Wilson (4-51) and New South Wales Blues’ rookie leg-spinner Dan Fallins (4-50) took the lion’s share of the wickets.
In other matches, Devlin Malone (4-45) took his season’s tally to 17 wickets as Sydney University 8/351 declared drew with Sydney 5/192 (T. McDonald 60, H. Dalton 57 not out) after rain interrupted play.
Rain also led to draws in a number of other games including a drawn result between Bankstown 4/379 and St George 1/162 (B. MacDonald 74 not out, L. Bartier 62 not out). North Sydney was 4/160 (J. Newton 49 not out, T. Jagot 36, J. Venianakis 3-37) in reply to UNSW 9/309 declared, and the match between Parramatta 3-202 (W. Affleck 82 not out, T. Ward 56) and Gordon 254 was also drawn.