SIXERS IN INDIA
Sixers Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe and Josh Hazlewood were all involved in the final two Tests of Australia’s Tour of India alongside Sixers Official Ambassador Steve Smith. Mitch Starc, however, missed the final two Tests after returning home with a stress fracture in his foot.
In Australia’s draw in the Third Test in Ranchi, Lyon and Hazlewood grabbed a solitary wicket each in India’s only innings, while O’Keefe got three.
With the bat in the first innings of the Third Test, Smith was sensational as he was not out on 178 after facing 361 balls. O’Keefe added a handy 25 runs himself.
In the second Australian innings, Smith hit 21 runs before getting our as Australia earned a draw and kept the series alive.
Australia needed to win the fourth and final Test in Dharmsala to win the series and Smith impressed again with 111 runs in the opening innings. India, though, fought hard with the bat until Lyon carved through the Indian batting order and took five wickets. O’Keefe and Hazlewood got a wicket each.
The Australians could only muster 137 runs in their second innings, with Smith unable to repeat his form when he was out for 17 runs. India needed just over a 100 runs to win the Test and the series, which they did after only dropping two wickets. No Sixers bowler claimed a wicket in India’s second and final innings of the series.
ENGLISH DUO WRAP UP TOUR OF WEST INDIES
In England’s final ODI against the West Indies in Bridgetown, Jason Roy hit 17 runs as he opened the batting with Alex Hales as the tourists went on to win by 186 runs. Sam Billings did not play the final ODI after playing the first two.
Both players are now back in England ahead of the start of the County Championship. Roy returns to Surrey while Billings is at Kent.
SHEFFIELD SHIELD COMES TO A CLOSE
After a century in the Futures League, Jordan Silk returned to Sheffield Shield cricket for Tasmania against South Australia. Despite getting a start with 33 runs in the first innings, Silk followed that up with a duck in the second.
After suffering a fractured skull during BBL|06, Joe Mennie made a return to cricket when he played for South Australia in their Shield match against Tasmania.
It was an impressive return for Mennie as he captured a 5-fa in in the first innings and collected another four in the second as the Redbacks qualified for the Sheffield Shield Final in Alice Springs against Victoria.
In the first innings of the ongoing Shield Final this week, Mennie took the lone wicket of Victorian Seb Gotch.
New South Wales were unable to qualify for the Final despite taking Western Australia to the wire at the WACA. Sixers Daniel Hughes, Nic Maddinson, Moises Henriques, Will Somerville, Sean Abbott, Harry Conway and Doug Bollinger were all in the Blues’ XI.
In WA’s first innings, both Conway and Somerville took a couple of wickets, while Maddinson snared a rare wicket from his four overs. Bollinger and Abbott also grabbed a wicket each.
Daniel Hughes opened the batting and reached 69 runs while Henriques was the next best performing Sixer with 50 runs. WA declared after 4 wickets in their second innings, with Somerville the only magenta player to grab a wicket.
In the tense final innings, Hughes impressed again with the bat - this time an entertaining 110 that featured 16 fours and two sixes. Henriques grabbed another half-century with his 63 runs but the Blues eventually lost by just 6 runs.
AUSTRALIAN LEGEND ADDS ANOTHER TROPHY TO THEIR COLLECTION
Lisa Sthalekar’s Gordon were crowned First Grade Champions of the Sydney Cricket Association Women’s Competition after beating the Sydney Rangers at Blacktown International Sports Park last weekend.
In the opposing Rangers’ side were Sthalekar’s fellow WBBL Sixers Alyssa Healy, Jodie Hicks, Angela Reakes and Lauren Smith. The Rangers opened the batting and Healy hit a more-than-a-run-a-ball 50, while Hicks (7) and Reakes (1) weren’t as successful with the bat.
Smith managed 22 runs but, like Hicks, also fell to the bowling of Sthalekar who finished the innings with 2 for 36 from her 8 overs. Sthalekar wasn’t required to bat for Gordon as they chased down the Rangers’ total to be crowned Champions.
GRADE CRICKET ALMOST NEARING A WRAP
This coming weekend, a Sydney University side featuring Sixers Academy Captain Nick Larkin and BBL player Ryan Carters will play Bankstown in the Grand Final of the NSW Premier Cricket’s First Grade competition.
In the Semi Final against Parramatta, Larkin opened the batting and hit 42 from 82 balls while Carters hit 46 from 74 in their side’s win.
KIWI MUNRO ADDS ANOTHER TON
After a two tons for Auckland in a single first class match in February, New Zealander Colin Munro travelled with his club side to Dunedin and hit yet another century as he smashed 102 runs from just 85 balls against Otago. Munro was at his attacking best in an innings that included 9 fours and 6 sixes.
Auckland went on to win by 8 wickets as Munro also claimed three wickets with the ball in hand over the host’s two innings.