England got their tour to New Zealand off to a winning start with a six-wicket win over New Zealand XI in their opening T20 warm-up match at Lincoln on Saturday. Chris Jordan was England’s most economical seamer, taking 1 for 22 from his three overs as the home side scored 172 for 4. England reached their target with eleven balls to spare. The team play their second warm up match in the early hours of Tuesday morning, before the first T20I at Christchurch on Friday.
Danni Wyatt helped Melbourne Renegades to a four-wicket home win over Perth Scorchers on Wednesday. The all-rounder picked up 1 for 17 from three overs as the Scorchers posted 132 for 5, before top-scoring with 31 off 29 balls as the Renegades made it home with five balls to spare. On Saturday, the Renegades lost a tight game on the road against Sydney Thunder by three runs. Danni took 1 for 9 from two overs, took a catch and scored six. This week, the Renegades play Perth Scorchers on Friday and Sydney Sixers on Saturday, both in Perth.
Bermuda finished a disappointing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier winless, but Delray Rawlins was still able to put in some impressive performances with the bat out in the UAE. In their third match – a 45-run defeat against Kenya on Monday – Delray top-scored during Bermuda’s innings of 93 all out with 37 off 26 balls having bowled four overs for 30 runs and taken a catch during the Kenyan’s innings. A rare failure with the bat followed on Wednesday as Bermuda lost to Namibia by six wickets, although Delray did bowl four tidy overs for 24 runs. The slow left-armer was on the end of some big hitting from Scotland on Thursday, conceding 45 runs from his allocation as the Scots posted 204 for 4. Delray showed he’s not short of big hits himself, however, with a 21-ball 46 as Bermuda fell 47 runs short of their hefty target. The last match of Bermuda’s campaign was against Netherlands and resulted in a 92-run defeat. Delray bowled a single over for 13 runs as Netherlands made 206 for 3, before scoring 16 from nine balls as Bermuda struggled to 114 for 9.
Tom Haines’ New South Wales Premier cricket career got off to a winning start as his St George side bowled out Parramatta for 184 on Saturday, securing a hefty 179-run first innings victory in the two-day game. Tom was also in action on Sunday, playing two matches in the state’s Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup. He wasn’t required to bat in the first of those, as St George recorded a nine-wicket win against Eastern Suburbs, but he chipped in with a 13-ball 27 against University of New South Wales to help his team to a 81-run win. Tom’s new Sussex teammate, Mitch Claydon was umpiring in both matches!
Luke Wells made 31 for Casey-South Melbourne on the first day of their two-day Victorian Premier Cricket match against Carlton on Saturday. Luke’s side were dismissed for 190, with Carlton reaching 20 without loss heading into next weekend. Luke took 1 for 16 from three overs and scored nine in a three-wicket loss to St Kilda Saints in the first of two Victoria Super Slam T20 matches for Casey-South Melbourne on Sunday. The second fixture against Ringwood Rams fell victim to the weather after just five balls.