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Career best figures for Starc in Shield opener

30 October 2017

Mitchell Starc was one of a number of Sydney Sixers players who performed impressively during the opening round of the JLT Sheffield Shield.

Starc ripped through the South Australian batting order to claim 10 wickets in the match and guide NSW to victory. Starc claimed two wickets in the first innings to help keep SA to a 93-run total, which was the perfect start for NSW.

However, in SA’s second innings, Starc took a career-best of eight wickets to set NSW a 57-run chase to claim victory. Four of the impressive wickets knocked the bails off the stumps. He finished the four-day game with super figures of 10/119 and was deservedly man of the match. 

Australian Test and Sixers Spinner Nathan Lyon did not need to bowl in the first innings after a dominant fast-bowling performance. Lyon took the other two wickets in the second innings including key wickets of Jake Weatherald and Callum Ferguson.

Daniel Hughes batted further down the order, but continued his outstanding run of form with the willow, notching a strong 57 runs to get NSW to a total of 242 in their first innings.

On the west coast of Australia, Sixers paceman Jackson Bird returned from a hamstring injury and took six wickets for Tasmania in a tough loss against Western Australia. Bird’s six wickets were also the most in the match.

In Sydney Grade Cricket, Sixers Johan Botha and Ben Dwarshuis were the stars for their clubs in the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup. Botha top scored for Mosman with 70 runs (40), smacking 5 fours and 2 sixes in their 26-run victory. Dwarshuis excelled with the ball for Sutherland win over Randwick. The paceman took the most wickets in the match and had superb figures of 4/25.

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