Sydney Thunder Indigenous XI captain Tyran Liddiard was named Player of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Final on Sunday.
Liddiard, 21, scored 97 runs from 149 deliveries to give Penrith a crucial first innings lead over Sydney University.
The young wicketkeeper also took four catches in Penrith’s drought-breaking championship win.
“I can’t put into words what the last three days have been like,” Liddiard said on Sunday afternoon.
“It (was) the first time for me to play over three days, my first full year of First Grade and the emotions (were) just unbelievable, especially yesterday.”
He is the second youngest player to receive the Benaud Medal and first Indigenous player.
Player of the #NSWPremierCricket Final, @PenrithCC wicketkeeper Tyran Liddiard (97 from 149, 4 catches).— Cricket NSW (@CricketNSW) March 31, 2019
Benaud Medal presented by former @CricketNSWBlues player, coach and current England coach, Trevor Bayliss. pic.twitter.com/bBB66nO1q1
Australia Vs Pakistan One-Day Series
Meanwhile in Dubai, Thunder’s Usman Khawaja has helped Australia complete a clean sweep in their five-match one-day series against Pakistan.
Khawaja scored 98 runs in the final match of the series on Sunday night as Australia recorded a 20-run victory.
The star opener has now scored seven half centuries from his last ten ODI outings, including two centuries, and is the highest ODI run-scorer this year with 769 runs at 59.15.
Pat Cummins made a spectacular cameo in the fourth match of the series, collecting 3/23 from eight overs in a Player of the Match performance.
The NSW Blues fell to Victoria in the Sheffield Shield Final by 177 runs at Junction Oval on Sunday.
Thunder’s Kurtis Patterson scored 76 runs in the second innings to take his season total to 724, the fifth-highest in the competition.
Jason Sangha finished his first Shield season with 386 runs and a high score of 117. The 19-year-old also took eight wickets at 23.62.
Indian Premier League
Thunder duo Jos Buttler and Shane Watson have both impressed in the opening rounds of the Indian Premier League.
Buttler opened his campaign with a brilliant 69, while it took Watson just two matches to be named player of the match after he scored a quickfire 44 to power the Chennai Super Kings to victory.
After three rounds, Watson’s Super Kings are undefeated while Buttler’s Rajasthan Royals are yet to record a win.