Former Australian International Test veteran Shane Watson and new Sydney Thunder recruit Tanveer Sangha will take the field this Sunday in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 First-Grade Cup, which will feature four double headers to complete rounds six and seven of the competition. 

Watson, 38, was a late inclusion to the Sutherland squad last Sunday for the win over Sydney where he made a quick-fire 47 runs from 23 balls. The allrounder has played 59 tests for Australia, with more than 3,700 runs at an average of over 35, and 75 scalps with the ball. He retired from Tests in 2015. 

Rising leg-spinning star Sangha has just signed a two-year deal with the Sydney Thunder in the KFC Big Bash League, where he could become the youngest ever player to take the field for the franchise at 17 years of age. He has been named in the Campbelltown-Camden side for their Thunder Conference double header at Raby Oval 1.

Veteran Watson also has a solid T20 international career on his resume, taking part in 58 matches for a return of 1,462 runs, including a century and 10 half-centuries. He also took 48 wickets at a superb average of under 25. He will line-up on Sunday for Sutherland for their match against Manly-Warringah, which will be the first match of a double header at Manly Oval.

Watson retired as captain of the Thunder and from the BBL in April finishing as the club's all-time leading run-scorer with 1,014 runs. 

The Sutherland side will also include NSW Blues leg-spinner Daniel Fallins. The rising Blues and Sydney Sixers star took 5-86 last Saturday against UNSW in Premier Cricket, and a scalp in the T20 victory over Sydney on Sunday.

Fellow NSW Blues players Jack Edwards, his brother Mickey and paceman Ryan Hadley are expected to once again take the field for Manly in this fixture. Allrounder Jack smashed 23 from only 6 balls last round in the win over UTS North Sydney, and also took 2-19 with the ball. Fast-bowling brother Mickey took 2-21 in this match, and fellow paceman Hadley 2-32.

Manly-Warringah will take on Sydney in the second match of the Sixers Conference double header. Both sides have two wins to their name in the competition.

Before missing the last round for Campbelltown-Camden last Sunday, Sangha has been in red-hot form this season, taking 3-29 in his last T20 match in round three, a loss to Sydney University.

The rising star also took 5-70 in his last premier cricket match against Sutherland, which was his second straight five-wicket haul in the Belvidere Cup. His side will play Penrith in the first fixture, and Parramatta in the afternoon match. The Penrith side will include Blues batsmen Ryan Gibson and Ryan Hackney.

Hackney scored his maiden century for NSW Metro in the Second XI competition a fortnight ago and backed this effort up with 131 not out in the succeeding Premier Cricket victory over Hawkesbury. Gibson smashed an unbeaten 186 from 185 balls in this same match in First-Grade last round.

UNSW will host a Sixers Conference double header at David Phillips Memorial Fields (South). They will take on Randwick-Petersham in the opening match, who will be captianed by Blues and Thunder batsman Jason Sangha.

The top of the table Randy Petes had a bye in the T20 cup last weekend but Sangha hit a brilliant 138 on Saturday against Penrith on the first day of play in the Premier Cricket fixture. This backed up his 105 for ACT/NSW Country in the Second XI competition only a few days earlier.

UNSW will host Gordon in the second match of this double header. Gordon have only played the two matches so far and are yet to record a victory. UNSW have only won a single game themselves in three starts.

Mark Taylor Oval will see a double-header in the Thunder Conference hosted by Northern District. They will play Blacktown Mounties in the morning fixture, followed by Western Suburbs in the second game.

Northern District are unbeaten in the tournament with three wins from three games. They will be looking to continue their dominance in the competition against two teams who are struggling with only one win between them, that win being Blacktown Mounties’ victory over Western Suburbs last round.


DOUBLE HEADERS: ROUNDS 6 & 7: Sunday 10th November 2019

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