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Sixers at forefront of eventful JLT Cup weekend

16 October 2017
Mitch Starc

The third week of the JLT One-Day Cup has been full of ups and downs, yet our Sixers players continue to show consistency and promise as the Big Bash season draws closer.

Last Friday, NSW defeated QLD at Drummoyne Oval with our Sixers players putting on a show. Australian fast bowler and Sixers paceman, Mitchell Starc, took the most wickets of the match with 3/48. Sean Abbott and Nathan Lyon also claimed wickets in the match to help keep QLD to 7-282 after 50 overs.

Our in-form Sixers openers, Daniel Hughes and Nic Maddinson, put on a 192-run partnership in the chase down. Hughes scored his second century of the tournament, finishing with 122 runs (137) and smacking 8 fours and 4 sixes in his impressive man-of-the-match performance. Maddinson also scored 86 runs (89) and was damaging with the bat, smashing 3 fours and 5 sixes.

However, to secure a finals spot, NSW needed to defeat Victoria in their final match of the tournament. In what was a controversial match, the umpires abandoned the game in the late hours of the match due to a dangerous pitch. Starc had earlier terrorised the Victorian batsmen with figures of 3/35, prior to the decision to call the game off.

Victoria claimed victory courtesy of Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) system, which has put NSW out of the running to defend their One-Day Cup title. Cricket Australia are however conducting a 'thorough investigation' into the decision and the pitch at North Sydney Oval.

After losing their first three matches, Tasmania won convincingly with bonus points against SA and CA XI earlier this week. This has put fellow Sixers batsman Jordan Silk into finals contention, if they defeat Queensland tomorrow with double bonus points.

Our Sixers players will now look towards the JLT Sheffield Shield competition which begins next Thursday.