Chris Jordan put in two impressive performances in the opening T20Is of England’s tour of New Zealand. On Friday at Christchurch, CJ played a key role in restricting the home side to 153 for 5 from their 20 overs. Bowling both in the powerplay and at the death, he conceded only 28 runs as well as picking up the wickets of Colin Munro and Tim Seifert. England were then able to chase down their target with ease, winning by seven wickets with more than an over to spare to extend their unbeaten run in T20Is to six matches.
Chris was even more impressive in the second match at Wellington on Sunday. With the ball he took 3 for 23 from four overs - and would have had four barring a dropped catch – as New Zealand posted 176 for 8 batting first. In the process, CJ went to 52 T20I wickets, overtaking Graeme Swann as England’s second highest wicket-taker in the format. He gave a strong reminder of his all-round capabilities during England’s reply, smashing 36 from 19 balls from number eight, including three sixes in three balls. It wasn’t enough to stop England slipping to a 21-run defeat, however, and the sides head to Nelson on Tuesday with the series all-square.
Danni Wyatt hit the highest score of her Melbourne Renegades career to date on Friday. She thrashed an unbeaten 74 from 51 balls opening the batting in a heavily rain-affected match against Perth Scorchers at the WACA. The Renegades made 134 for 1 from 15 overs, which, after two further rain interruptions, resulted in the home side eventually requiring 73 from seven overs. Scorchers captain Meg Lanning hit the last ball for six to seal a thrilling eight-wicket win for her side, who with ten balls to spare had still needed 30 runs. The Renegades took on Sydney Sixers at the same venue the following day, with Danni falling for two as her side made 120 for 8 and then bowling one over for four runs as the Sixers won by four wickets with one ball to spare. After six matches, the Renegades are sixth in the Women’s Big Bash table with four points. Next up, they have two home fixtures against Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday and Sunday.
Sussex’s overseas signing for next summer, Travis Head scored the eleventh first-class hundred of his career in South Australia’s latest Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the Adelaide Oval. After the visitors were dismissed for 289 batting first, Travis led his side’s reply making 109 of South Australia’s total of 245 all out. New South Wales’ second innings of 253 all out left the home side requiring 298 victory. They fell 97 runs short, with Travis making 29. With a draw and two defeats from their opening three matches, South Australia are currently bottom of the Sheffield Shield table. Their next match is against Tasmania and starts on Monday 11th November.
Tom Haines chipped in with 31 runs at the top of the order as St George batted first in their two-day New South Wales Premier Cricket home match against Fairfield-Liverpool on Saturday. St George were dismissed for 325, while the visitors will resume their reply next weekend on 16 for 0. On Sunday, Tom helped St George to victory in the state’s T20 cup, scoring an unbeaten 23 from 21 balls in an eight-wicket win over UTS North Sydney. After four matches, St. George sit second in the Sydney Sixers Conference of the tournament.
Over in Victoria, Luke Wells and his Casey-South Melbourne side were denied any play in day two of their match against Carlton by the rain, which was duly drawn. After five matches, Casey-South Melbourne are 13th out of 18 in the Victorian Premier Cricket Men’s Firsts table.