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Around the wickets: 10 April

10 April 2017

The Australian summer may be over, but there's still cricket being played somewhere

Our Sydney based Sixers players might be on leave, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t playing cricket.

With the IPL starting mid last week, Sixers captain Moises Henriques, and team mates Jason Roy and Sam Billings, have all started their campaigns for their relevant IPL team in India, along with Sixers Ambassador Steve Smith.

Henriques has been the pick of the Sixers so far with his Sunrisers Hyderabad two wins from two matches, and two half centuries to his name. The Sunrisers have started their title defence well with wins over Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions, with Henriques scoring 52 runs in each innings.

Things haven’t been going so well for Jason Roy’s Gujarat Lions, with two losses to start the tournament. Opening the batting in both matches, his 14 off 12 balls and 31 off 21 balls hasn’t been enough to get the Lions off to the starts they have needed to post competitive totals.

Similarly for Sam Billings’ Dehli Daredevils who have only played one match so far, but has seen Billings post 25 from 19 balls in his one innings.

Sixers Ambassador Steve Smith has had a mixed start to the tournament with Rising Pune Supergiants posting a win and a loss in their first two matches. Smith was a standout performer in their win over Mumbai with 84 off 54 balls helping them to the win.

Pune will next play Dehli tomorrow, while Henriques will be looking to continue his good form on Wednesday night when Hyderabad take on Mumbai. Roy’s Lions will be back in action on Friday against Smith’s Pune in Rajkot.

Also on the sub-continent, the Shooting Stars are in the middle of a tournament against Sri Lanka that features a number of One Day and T20 matches, with Lauren Smith representing the Sixers.

Smith featured in two One Day matches with figures of one wicket for 10 runs off five overs and two wickets for 14 runs off six overs, while also starring in two of the T20 matches with figures of one for 28 off four overs and one for 14 off four overs.

The Shooting Stars tour wraps up today (Monday) in Columbo.

And while the Australian domestic summer of cricket has ended, the UK’s County season has just started with Michael Lumb and his Nottinghamshire team mates posting a comprehensive win in their first match against Leicestershire. In the one innings Lumb was required to bat, he scored 30 off 54 balls with the match finishing within three days and Notts recording a 10 wicket win. 

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