Several Members of the Thunder Nation were involved in cricket over the weekend with action taking place in the JLT One Day Cup, the Women’s National Cricket League and NSW Premier Cricket.
NSW Premier Cricket
Sydney Thunder batter Ryan Gibson scored 125 from 108 balls for Penrith against Hawkesbury. Gibson had played two JLT One Day Cup games for NSW Blues in WA before this knock which including 19 fours and a six.
Also in the Penrith side was Sydney Thunder and Australian quick Pat Cummins. The Penrith local played his first game after returning from injury which forced him out of Australia’s tour of the UAE to take on Pakistan due to a back injury. Cummins took two wickets for twelve. Thunder’s Indigenous captain Tyran Liddiard also played.
JLT One Day Cup
The NSW Blues side that suffered defeat to Victoria at North Sydney Oval on Sunday included four Thunder players including the Chris Green, playing his first one day game in two years after a successful Caribbean Premier League.
Kurits Patterson, who is captaining the Blues for the tournament made 48 from 39, while Jay Lenton (8) took two catches from behind the stumps. Daniel Sams continued his fine tournament making 56 from 36 balls. His innings included five sixes. Chris Green (14) took a single wicket but Victoria were the victors by 66-runs.
Women’s National Cricket League
On Friday NSW Breakers were involved in an early contender for the most exciting game of the season when they lost by one wicket. The Breakers were dismissed for 149 with six Thunder players in the XI. Haynes (21) and Carey (24) with contributions.
Eight balls into their chase Queensland were 2-5 with Thunder’s Farrell (6-17) taking both wickets. They then slipped to 6-18. Dooley and Johnson then rebuilt before Rachel Trenamen (1-20) got the breakthrough. Farrell then removed Birkett for 2 and Queensland were 8-143 with seven runs required. Barsby faced four balls before losing her wicket for a duck and Queensland were then 9-144. Unfortunately it wasn’t close enough as Queensland were table to push to victory with nine down, Prestwidge and Dooley finishing unbeaten.
After suffering a defeat on Friday the NSW Breakers returned to winning ways on Sunday with an impressive win over Tasmania. NSW made 5-344 with Rachel Haynes making 89 from 86 balls. Thunder duo Rachael Trenaman (38*) and Rene Farrell (21*) finished unbeaten. Tasmania were then dismissed in 39 overs for 158 with Farrell (1-31), Vakarewa (1-11), Carey (2-13) and Trenaman (1-24) taking the wickets.
Also in action over the weekend was Sam Bates with the off-spinner in action for the ACT Meteors. She took 2/34 on Sunday against Queensland becoming the ACT Meteors highest ever wicket-taker with 44-wickets.