Queenslanders Josh Kann and Hugo Burdon highlighted the round with sublime centuries to steer the Southern Storm and Desert Blaze to victories.
Kann opened the batting, making a whopping 142 from 124 deliveries, including nine fours and five mammoth sixes to help get the Storm to an impressive total of 301 at Cazalys Arena.
Chasing 251, Burdon came in at three and played a brilliant innings scoring an unbeaten 106, including nine fours and a six to help steer the Desert Blaze over the line.
The centurions play premier cricket together for Gold Coast in Queensland and began playing for Tracy Village in Darwin this season.
Storm fast bowler Blade Baxter was the standout of all bowlers in the round, picking up 4/39 off 9.3 overs to help dismiss the Cyclones for 265 and keep the Storm undefeated.
Round 3: City Cyclones vs. Southern Storm at Cazalys Arena
Wickets in hand at 3/223 after 40 overs allowed the Storm to finish the innings off in style, taking 78 runs from the last 10 overs, to present the Cyclones with the difficult task of chasing 301 at Cazalys Arena.
Kann steered the ship for the Storm scoring 142, opening the batting, taking his team to the 45th over before being dismissed.
Kann mentioned the benefit of having played the previous two games at Cazalys Arena and enjoyed scoring some runs.
“We’ve definitely had an advantage. Playing three times on this wicket and adapting to the wicket by the third game gave us an advantage,” Kann said.
“It was good to get out there, score some runs and get the boys over the line,” he said.
Ash Chandrasinghe was the second-highest scorer for the Storm with 44.
The Cyclones were under pressure early in their run chase at 3/35 although they fought back to give themselves a chance thanks to some impressive middle-order batting from Victorian youngsters Zac Sleeman (67) and Campbell Kellaway (44).
The pair put on a partnership of 80 runs for the Cyclones while Ryan McElduff (46) and Alex Bleakley (34) made valuable contributions.
The excellent bowling of Victorian quick Baxter (4/39 off 9.3 overs) made the task too difficult for the Cyclones, however, as they fell short getting bowled out for 265.
The win keeps the Storm undefeated and on top of the Strike League One-Day ladder.
Round 3: Desert Blaze vs. Northern Tide at DXC Arena
The Tide got off to a flying start with openers Matthew Gilkes (81) and Corey Hunter (36), taking the team to 0/91 after 16 overs.
Jason Sangha (47) and Ryan Hackney (30) kept the momentum going and contributed strongly to the Tide.
Despite the Tide holding a favourable position at 3/184 after 35 overs, the consistent bowling of the Blaze was rewarded at the back end of the innings, where the runs dried up.
The brilliant bowling of Corey Rocchiccioli (3/66 off 10 overs), Hamish Martin (1/33 off 10 overs), Tom Andrews (2/43 off 10 overs) and Chris Tremain (2/32 off seven overs) meant the Blaze were able to contain the Tide to 67 runs from the last 15 overs of the innings.
With the Blaze chasing 251, Burdon came in and controlled the innings superbly with an unbeaten 106, with those batting around him giving valuable support.
Knowing that his club teammate, Josh Kann, had made a century earlier in the day, Burdon mentioned how he used it as motivation for his batting.
“It was a bit of motivation when I was going out there when I saw him get 142 today, so I was pretty stoked for him and I think it came through in my innings today,” Burdon said.
Burdon’s century came from 107 deliveries while Hayden Kerr (49) and Jack White (36) put on match-winning partnerships of 100 and 66 with Burdon, respectively.
Andrews scored an unbeaten 49 with two elegant sixes while Kerr’s innings featured three maximums, including one big hit landing on the fairway of the golf course.
The Blaze passed the Tide’s total of 251 three wickets down in 42.4 overs as the conditions became favourable for the batters when the dew set in and quickened the outfield.
After round three, the Storm sits on top of the Strike League One-Day ladder with three wins, Blaze in second with two wins, Tide in third with one win and Cyclones in fourth without a win.