22 July 2022
Storm leading the way
CDU Strike League Rd 4 review
LADDER leaders the Southern Storm inflicted more pain on CDU Strike League cellar dwellers Northern Tide with a comprehensive 66-run win in their Round 4, 50-over match.
The Storm made 7-221 in their turn at the batting crease on Palmerston's Cazalys Arena, a target the Tide never seriously threatened.
Opening bat Bailey Capel and No.3 Jack Clayton both made half centuries in the big total to drench the Tide.
Sam Fanning's leg glance to get off the mark was gleefully accepted by Tide wicketkeeper Raveesh Srivastara, but the runs flowed freely after that with Capel and Clayton combining for a second wicket partnership of 97.
The Tide receded on a consistent basis when their turn came at the crease, Jayden Nagnayagam's patient 44 from 81 balls the only barrier to confront the Storm bowlers when making 155.
Storm coach Jason Bremner pointed to the maturity of his top order batting as the key to the win.
"We did ask for some extra responsibility from our top order and under the conditions, where the wicket definitely suited the bowlers for the first 10 (overs), so to be 1-40 (meant) we were very happy,'' Bremner said.
A similar scenario was played out at Marrara's DXC Arena, where the City Cyclones extinguished the Desert Blaze by 61 runs.
Half centuries by Dylan Brasher (57 from 64 balls, including four boundaries and two big sixes) and Tim Ward (56 from 50 balls, including six boundaries and a six) set up their side's 236 from 47.4 overs.
Their run-a-ball 88-run stand for the fourth wicket meant the Blaze bowlers were torched, Corey Rocchiccioli going for 71 from his 10 overs.
The Blaze got tremendous value from opener Max Bryant, who hit seven boundaries and two sixes in his 50 runs from 39 balls.
But the Brisbane Heat's big hitting right hand bat again fell victim to the reverse sweep syndrome, trapped in front of stumps by Cyclone off-spinner Reiley Mark when attempting a left handed sweep.
Fast medium Caelan Malady was the Cyclone's best bowler, grabbing 4-31 from his 10 overs in the Blaze's 9-175 from 36.5 overs.
"It was good to get more than 220 after our last dig and bowling at night where the ball swings a little bit more,'' Malady told interviewer Rocchiccioli post match.
In T20 cricket a "Hurrikann'' struck DXC Arena on Wednesday night when Hobart Hurricanes Big Bash recruit and Storm skipper Josh Kann stole the show.
The 22-year-old Queenslander's 90 runs from 51 balls in a 161-run opening stand with Sam Fanning (84 from 61) blew away the Desert Blaze in a comprehensive 60-run win.
Kann hit 11 fours and three sixes in his whirlwind knock, closely followed by Fanning's eight boundaries and two sixes.
The Storm raced to 1-201 in 20 overs and proceeded to bowl the Blaze out for 141, with leg-spinner Param Uppal grabbing four wickets.
The enormity of Kann's innings and the class being exhibited by interstate players in Darwin for the Strike League was not lost on Top End youngster Will Pilkington.
"The opportunity for local players to prepare themselves and test their ability against the best young talent from around Australia is a big plus,'' he told NT Cricket.
"It's good to hang around and train with the boys, but it's a different thing to be out on the pitch and really experiencing what it's like to play against the best.''