Sydney Thunder Development XI have defeated Pakistan’s Lahore Qalandars in the semi-final of the Mike Hussey Trophy at Blacktown International Sportspark to secure their place in the final.
Thunder won the toss and elected to bat, but it was an impressive bowling display that saw the Thunder claim a 60-run win.
Gibson and Gilkes opened the batting for the Thunder but Gilkes fell for a duck in the second over. A shaky start left the Thunder at 43/3 after 8 overs but disciplined knocks from Nair 33 and Lenton 37* helped the team finish on 136/5.
Needing 137 to win, the Qalandars made a strong start smashing 17 off Hatcher’s first over. However it wasn't long before wickets came tumbling, leaving the Qalandars all out for 77 after 14 overs. Cook led the attack with 4-6, while Green and Sangha chipped in with two wickets each and West claimed one.
Thunder will take on the Auckland Aces with Clarke, Solway, Stobo and Sammut coming in for Hackney, Hatcher, West and T. Sangha. The match will take place this afternoon at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Thunder made a strong start to the final with Gilkes and Gibson putting on 62 for the first wicket before Gilkes fell for 27.
Clarke (9) and Nair (8) weren’t able to add much to the score although Gibson would go on to made his second half century of the week, his 57 coming from 41 balls and including four fours and a single six.
Captain Chris Green would go on to steady the innings with an unbeaten 44 with Solway (9) and Rodgie (13) falling before Thunder finished on 6/182.
Teja Nidamanuru took two wickets for the Auckland Aces while McEwan, O’Dawd and McKenzie all took a wicket apiece.
A steady opening partnership from O’Dawd (38) and Phillips (25) put the New Zealand side in a good position while Morrison was able to finish on 30 not out.
Jono Cook who came into the Thunder Development side this week continued his fine day with the ball taking 2-20 while young Chad Sammut bowled with pace and accuracy to take 2-16 from his four overs. Spinners Chris Green and Josh Clarke both took a wicket each.
Auckland finished their twenty overs on 7-129 giving Thunder the win by 53-runs to lift the Mike Hussey Trophy.