Brilliant Botha stars in Kingsgrove Sports T20

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Sydney Sixers all-rounder Johan Botha had a remarkable day in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup on Sunday.

Playing as a special guest for the Mosman Whales, Botha was at his amazing best in round three action early on Sunday by collecting 5-12 (including a hat trick) off 3.5 overs against Sydney Cricket Club.

The former South African spinner then went on to score 102 not out, ensuring Mosman hung on for a thrilling one wicket win.

Set 187 for victory, Mosman achieved the target with just five balls to spare.

Botha’s innings came off only 45 balls with nine sixes and six fours.

Botha’s marvellous form with the bat continued in Mosman’s round four victory in the afternoon as he scored 87 not out from 45 balls with eight fours and four sixes. Mosman scored an imposing 2-219 thanks to Scott Rodgie’s 112 not out and dismissed Illawarra for 100.

Elsewhere Nick Watkins made 93 not out, guiding the Saints to a comfortable 43-run win at Waverley Oval against Eastern Suburbs. Watkins combined well with fellow opener Nick Stapleton (62 not out off 33 balls) to push its total to 2-190 off 20 overs. Watkins innings contained nine fours and four sixes.

Eastern Suburbs could muster only 7-147 in reply, falling well short.

Daniel Sams’ powerful hitting ensured that Randwick Petersham claimed victory in its round three clash at Manly Oval against Manly-Warringah.

The all-rounder smashed 86 off just 43 balls with six fours and seven sixes in just 47 minutes. Randwick Petersham posted 6-195 off 20 overs and in reply Manly-Warringah could manage only 4-177 despite Ahillen Beadle’s 72 not out from 49 balls.

ACT were one of the standouts on Sunday as they collected wins in both their round 3 and 4 matches respectively, and are now within reach of the semi-final. Their wins were on the back of some very good batting displays by former Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian First Class player Aidan Blizzard who posted back to back half centuries of 81 not out and 97 not out.

Blizzard’s innings of 97 not out came off just 52 balls and saw ACT chase down Sydney University’s 5-145 with still 23 balls to spare in round four action.

James Crosthwaite scored the highest Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup individual score in history by hitting 139 not out for Manly as it bounced back to win in Round four action against UNSW at Manly Oval.

In Crosthwaite’s 92-minute stay he hit 13 fours and eight sixes off just 71 balls.

On the back of this Manly scored 1-208 off 20 overs with NSW Blues squad member Jay Lenton supporting with 58 off 45 balls with four sixes.

Eastern Suburbs bowler Henry Thornton starred with the ball in round four action. Thornton collected 4-17 off 3.5 overs as Sutherland was skittled for just 85.

Eastern Suburbs chased down the small target in just 10.2 overs for a comprehensive win.

Rounding off the highlights in T20 action on Sunday was Thunder spinner NSW Blues squad member Chris Green. Green scored 65 off just 38 deliveries with the bat for Northern District in its total of 6-205 off 20 overs. He followed this up with tidy figures of 2-13 off four overs with the ball.

Northern District cruised to a 109-run win over Central Coast on the back of this performance in round four.

It rounded off a good day for Green who scored 36 not out and took 2-19 off four overs in Northern District’s eight-wicket win in round three action.

For full scorecards, tables and statistics from the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket Competition, please visit http://www.premier.nsw.cricket.com.au

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