The NatWest T20 Blast wrapped up last fortnight, as the Birmingham Bears narrowly edged out Usman Khawaja’s Lancashire Lightning by runs in the final.
John Hastings, Durham’s overseas pro’, was the best performed Aussie in the tournament, boasting the competition’s fourth-best bowling average (minimum of 10 wickets) with 14 wickets at 14.42 and the highest batting strike-rate (min. 75 runs) of 200.00.
Somerset’s Dirk Nannes had another superb tournament, finishing second on the wicket-takers tally with 24 wickets at 15.54.
Michael Hogan (Glamorgan, 21 wickets at 19.52) and Doug Bollinger (Kent, 15 wickets at 15.73) also had excellent tournaments with the ball.
With the bat, Dan Christian (Middlesex) produced one of the innings of the tournament. Chasing Kent’s 208, Middlesex slumped to 3/28 in the fifth over, before Christian blasted 129 off just 57 balls. Unbelievably, his efforts weren’t enough as the Londoners were dismissed for 192 in the final over.
Derbyshire’s Marcus North (top score of 90 off 47), Yorkshire’s Aaron Finch (top score 89 off 46) and Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger (top score 70 off 47) all chipped in for their sides at different times.
During the Royal London One-Day Cup, Bollinger (15 wickets at 24.26), Hogan (14 wickets at 19) and Hastings (13 wickets at 22.46) led their sides’ bowling efforts.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s 146 off 96 balls against Lancashire lit up the competition while Middlesex captain Chris Rogers (264 runs at 44) and Klinger (228 at 57) have made solid contributions for their sides.
Meanwhile, there are still a few rounds of the County Championship to be played in both divisions. In Division One, Chris Rogers (1063 at 66.35) is one of only five players to have passed the 1000 run mark for the season, as Middlesex – currently sitting fourth-bottom of the ladder on 150 points – will need more from the Aussie if they are to avoid relegation.
Tireless Sussex quick Steve Magoffin has also been in fine form in the longer format. The 34-year-old has taken 53 wickets at 20.26 so far this season including three five-wicket hauls.The other standout Australian in Division One has been Durham’s John Hastings, who has managed 34 wickets in just seven matches.
In the Second Division, Glamorgan’s Michael Hogan sits third on the leading wicket-takers list with 53 wickets at 19.56, including a ten wickets haul for the match against Kent.
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