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Gong Strikers win the inaugural Sixers Smash competition

28 November 2017

The Gong Strikers, a team comprising of local and international students from the University of Wollongong as well as local cricketers have won the inaugural 2017/18 Sixers Smash competition, as Sixers English international Sam Billings watched on.

The Sixers Smash final was held on Sunday the 26th of November at LM Graham Reserve, Manly. The winning teams that took part in the Sixers Smash competitions in University of Wollongong (Gong Strikers), UNSW (Dothrakis), Macquarie University (Friends CC) and Newcastle (Lambton Swingers) took part in the final. Each team played three games, with the top two teams competing in the grand final.

Gong Strikers (University of Wollongong) having won 2 of their round games, played Friends CC (Macquarie University) in the final. Friends CC won the toss and elected to bat. Captain Dawood Hassan from Gong Strikers bowled exceptionally well in his opening spell, taking 3 wickets in his 2 overs. Friends CC never recovered and posted 44 in their 7 overs, the Gong Strikers managed to get the runs in less than 3 overs to become the Sixers Smash champions for 2017/18.

Mr Hassan was proud of his teams’ efforts to be crowned the inaugural Sixers Smash champions “it was great to firstly win at home in Wollongong and then come here to win the grand final event, a great team effort”.

Overall 314 participants registered to take part in the Sixers Smash events, with over 75 per cent being international students. Over 45 cricket matches were played and 42 participants were given Sixers Membership passes. Up to 20 students will take part in the work experience/internship program with Cricket NSW/Sydney Sixers.

Sixers international player Sam Billings said the event underlined cricket's ability to be a sport for all.

"It's great to see so many international students taking part and hopefully there's a few new Sixers fans out here as well," Billings said.

"Cricket is a sport for everyone. I've had the pleasure and blessing to play all over the world.

"It's an amazing sport to play and it allows you to make great friends. You can see from today the happiness it brings to everyone."

The Sixers Smash is supported by StudyNSW.

StudyNSW is a NSW Government initiative focused on making the experiences of international students better, safer and more enjoyable in NSW.