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Around the Wickets: March 1

01 March 2017

We follow the Sixers players as they ply their trade locally and around the world.

The BBL and WBBL might be over (for now), but your favourite Sixers players continue to ply their trade around the world. Catch up with all their performances as our Magenta players excel in Pune and Auckland.

SOK AND AUSSIES DOMINATE INDIA AT HOME

In Australia’s 333 run Test win against India in Pune, the Sixers made up the entire bowling attack with Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood bowling every single ball and taking all the wickets for the tourists.

Sixers Official Ambassador Steve Smith hit 27 runs in the first innings, but in the second he produced a remarkable Captain’s knock on a difficult wicket when he made 109 runs.

The Test was a coming-of-age for O’Keefe, who took 6 wickets in each innings and was named Man of the Match for his incredible bowling figures.

Jackson Bird is in the Tour squad but was not in the XI for the First Test.

HEARTBREAK FOR OUR SOUTH AFRICANS

After also earning a spot in the 2017 Women’s World Cup, Dane Van Niekerk and Marianne Kapp’s South African played India in the Final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately for the two Sixers players, South Africa were beaten by 1 wicket when India hit the winning runs off the final ball of the match.

In the first innings, Captain Van Niekerk hit 37 runs off 42 balls while Kapp added 14. Both bowled 10 overs in India’s run chase with Kapp claiming two wickets and Van Niekerk one.

BACK TO THE FUTURES LEAGUE

Both Jordan Silk and Nic Maddinson returned to Futures League cricket last week for their respective states. Maddinson’s New South Wales was beaten by Western Australia at Lilac Hill with the Sixers batsman returning scores of 38 and 18. 

Silk’s Tasmania ventured to Manuka Oval to play the Australia Capital Territory and Silk opened the batting in both innings. In his first opportunity of the match with the bat, Silk fell just short of his half-century when he was bowled for 46. He followed that good score with 30 in the second innings.

SHEFFIELD SHIELD GOES REGIONAL

New South Wales hosted Tasmania at North Dalton Park in Wollongong over the weekend in Round 8 of the Sheffield Shield, as the Blues were hunting for a spot in the Final. After a Monday deluge of rain, the match was draw with Sixers Academy Captain Nick Larkin, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Will Somerville, Harry Conway and Doug Bollinger all kitting up for the home side.

NSW were all out for 253 in the opening innings with Larkin (6 runs), Hughes (9), Henriques (47), Somerville (11), Conway (6) and Bollinger (6 not out) all contributing to the runs.

Somerville returned the best bowling figures of 5 for 99 while Bollinger took three, Conway one and Henriques one in Tasmania’s only innings of the game.

In NSW’s second innings, Larkin was out for 15 while Hughes finished on 71 not out.

FIT AGAIN PERRY AVAILABLE FOR SELECTION

In the final T20 international between Australia’s Southern Stars and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, the home side were beaten by 47 runs. Ash Gardner, playing in only her third international, was out for a duck while Alyssa Healy made 12 runs before getting out. Sarah Aley did not play in that game.

The Australian women’s team then travelled to New Zealand for the current ODI series, the Rose Bowl, against New Zealand. The first game was played at Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland and the home side won by 5 wickets. Gardner and Ellyse Perry are in the touring squad but didn’t play the opening game, while Healy was caught and bowled by Lea Tahuhu for 3 runs.

Perry has been declared fit for Thursday's second ODI.

MUNRO GOES BALLISTIC

After run of poor form in his return to international cricket following his stint with the Sixers, Kiwi Colin Munro was sensational for his Club side Auckland when they played Central Districts in a Plunket Shield match at Colin Maiden Park in Auckland.

In the first innings, Munro smashed 146 from 109 balls, including 7 sixes and 16 fours. He then followed that up with another ton when he belted 142 from 103 balls, this time with only five sixes and 15 fours. 

HADDIN HUNTS FOR SECOND 2017 T20 FINAL BERTH 

Brad Haddin’s Islamabad United are through to the Elimination Final of the Pakistan Super League after finishing 4th after their eight games. After battling to score runs in the previous week, Haddin hit 22 against Quetta and 20 in the match against the Karachi Kings as his side secured their Finals berth.

On Wednesday, Islamabad face Karachi again. The winner will play Peshawar Zalmi in a Qualifying Final to decide who will play the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL Final on March 5th.

CARIBBEAN BLISS FOR ENGLISH DUO

England’s Sam Billings and Jason Roy were selected for their country’s tour of the West Indies and in the past week they played two tour matches in St Kitts. The pair opened the batting in a 50 over game against the UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI with Roy hitting 79 and Billings 14. 

In the next tour match against the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI, Roy did not play and Billings opened with Bairstow but the Sixers player only managed 2 runs.

WASH OUTS IN NSW FIRST GRADE

Rain in Sydney interrupted much of last week’s play in men’s First Grade with only a handful of teams taking the field. 

For Sutherland against Blacktown, Captain and Sixer Ben Dwarshuis reached 18 runs and also took 3 wickets for 22 runs in his 7 overs. Henry Thornton was at Old Kings Oval as Eastern Suburbs played Parramatta, but did not bat.

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