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Thunder Academy Make Final To Continue Unbeaten Run

31 October 2017

Ben Rohrer

Thunder beat Lahore Qalandars by three wickets

Sydney Thunder Academy will head into the Quadrangular Series Final unbeaten on Thursday at Pratten Park (2.30pm start) after a three wicket victory over the Lahore Qalandars.

Thunder lost the toss and the Qalandars elected to bat with their openers Malik (17) and Nazir (12) putting on a 29 run partnership before Nazir was caught behind by Lenton from the bowling of Scott Copperfield.

The Pakistan side were then only able to score three more runs before Anwar fell for 4 with Copperfield taking the wicket, thanks to a good catch from Josh Clarke.

Making his debut Ryan Hadley was then able to dismiss Malik with the opener being trapped LBW, his 17 runs came off 24 balls and included three fours.



Kahn was the top scorer for the Qalandars with 34 from 32 before he also fell to Hadley who took 2 wickets for 11 runs from his three overs.

The Qalandars finished their innings with a run out from the final ball making 8 for 116. Scott Copperfield finished with 3 for 29 while Liam Hatcher took 1 for 28 and Chris Green took 1 for 21. Nathan McAndrew bowled two tight overs for just nine runs, with six dot balls from his spell.



In reply, Josh Clarke fell early but Jordan Gauci who had yet to be dismissed during the tournament.

Gibson found the boundary twice but was caught out when he was on 11 off 8 balls as the scoreboard read 2 for 30, chasing 117 to win.

Jay Lenton joined Jordan Gauci and the pair slowly stared to build the innings before Lenton fell for 12 half way through the innings with the score 3-66. Jordan Gauci followed making 41 from 40, after batting his way through the innings of the Thunder Academy first two games.

As soon as Thunder brought up their hundred, wickets began to tumble, first Rohrer fell for 17 from 14 before Param Uppal’s brief spell saw the Academy 6-106 with 11 runs to win from four overs, Scott Copperfield was able to add just a single run, before Chris Green who finished on 19 not out finished the game with a six onto the train tracks.

Thunder Academy will face the winner of the Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers Academies at Pratten Park on Thursday at 2.30pm.