Sixers bowlers claimed all six wickets as South Australia posted a total of 6-346 against New South Wales at Hurstville Oval on Friday. Sean Abbott finished with figures of 3/59, while Nathan Lyon dismissed two batsmen via LBW, and Mitchell Starc made his much-anticipated return from injury with one wicket.
Daniel Hughes got New South Wales' run chase off to an incredible start as he notched a three-digit total of 105 (104). He brought excitement to the match, bashing 7 fours and 4 sixes. However, NSW were unable to get over the line, falling 45 runs short.
The next day, Sixers utility Jordan Silk starred for Tasmania in their 8-wicket loss to Western Australia. After a top-order collapse, Silk gave Tasmania a flash of hope, top scoring with a valiant 80 (84). Silk slashed 9 fours in his innings and allowed Tasmania to post a respectable score of 207. However, Western Australia made light work of the run chase, passing the total with 13.2 overs remaining.
Yesterday, NSW proved too good against the young Cricket Australia XI at Hurstville Oval. Sixers big-hitters Hughes and Nic Maddinson blasted 23 boundaries en route to a 132-run opening stand. Hughes maintained his consistent form with 68 (72) as Maddinson raced away with his second century of the tournament. Maddinson's 123 (113) has him leading the competition with the most runs.
Our Sixers players defended the 332 total with an awesome effort in the field. Abbott and Lyon both took two wickets with Lyon finishing with the best economy of 2/25 off 10 overs. Maddinson also took a wicket off one over.
Peter Nevill put himself in the history books with his wicket-keeping performance. Nevill took 8 dismissals in the match (six catches and two stumpings), which equaled the record for the most dismissals by a keeper in a List A match. He is now the fourth wicket-keeper to achieve the milestone.
Upcoming games to look out for our Sixers players in Sydney:
- October 10th - TAS v SA @ North Sydney Oval
- October 13th - TAS v CXI @ Hurstville Oval
- October 13th - NSW v QLD @ Drummoyne Oval
- October 15h - NSW v VIC @ North Sydney Oval