The ACT Comets competed in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup on Sunday in a double header against Parramatta and Bankstown at Manuka Oval on Sunday and walked away with two victories.
The ACT Comets took to the crease first with openers Jono Dean and Ethan Bartlett put together a 101-run partnership before Bartlett was bowled out for 53 runs off 31 balls. Dean batted through until the score reached 183 runs at which point, he was out for a sensational 91 runs off 54 balls. Parramatta’s Liam Lofts led the bowling attack taking 2/28 after 4 overs, supported by Adam Turrell taking 1/8. ACT Comets finished their 20 over campaign at a convincing 3/183.
In reply, Parramatta’s captain Nicholas Bertus led the charge making an impressive 84 runs off 59 balls however a few quick wickets by ACT disrupted the team’s rhythm with no other player scoring above 20 runs. ACT’s spin twins Shane Devoy (2/25 of 4 overs) and Brandan Duffy (1/27 off 4 overs) were instrumental in the victory for ACT. Parramatta were unable to sustain their run rate and finished on 6/159 at the end of their 20 overs.
ACT Comets won by 24 runs.
The second match for the day did not start as well for the ACT with Jono Dean being bowled out for 9 runs. Ethan Bartlett topped the score sheet for this innings making 39 runs off 29 balls. Bankstown’s Rhys Williams led the charge bowling 3/19 off 4 overs, supported by Aaron Bird taking 2/26 off 4 overs. ACT Comets barely survived their 20 overs finishing at a precarious 9/126.
Bankstown replied strongly with opener Nick Carruthers making 28 runs off 21 balls, however the only other batsman to get going was Aaron Bird who was there at the end on 24 not out. ACT’s Shane Devoy capped off a good day taking 2/20 off 4 overs, supported by Benji Floros taking 2/28 off 4 overs. Bankstown required 5 runs off the last over to win, but a superb set from Djali Bloomfield forced the game to a super over. Bankstown batted first and only made 7 runs, ACT received two leg-byes from the first two balls before Dean smashed the ball magnificently over cover for six to secure a double victory for the ACT Comets.
ACT Comets won in the super over.
The Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup continues with the semi-finals being played next weekend before the finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January. The ACT Comets finished seventh in the Sydney Thunder Conference after losing the first two games but have finished the competition in style winning at home.