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Six Sussex stars in T10 action; Archer back in England shirt; another BBL fifty for Wyatt plus Bopara, Haines, Head & Wells,

A grand total of six Sussex stars are playing in the T10 League that started in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Four of those are part of the Qalandars team that has tied one, won one and lost one of its opening three matches. In their tied opener against Team Abu Dhabi, Chris Jordan took 1 for 15 from his two overs, while George Garton bowled one over for 18 runs. Phil Salt made a crucial 22 from 14 balls during the Qalandars chase of 104 for victory but fell from the penultimate ball with two runs still required. Laurie Evans played but did not bat.

The Qalandars inflicted a crushing defeat on Northern Warriors in their next match on Saturday. Salt made 11 from eight balls and Jordan an unbeaten 10 from three balls as Qalandars made 112 for 4. Garton then impressed with 3 for 10 from his allocation, Jordan gave away just two runs from his solitary over, Evans took a catch and Salt two as the Warriors were blown away for just 46.

Salt Catch

On Sunday, the Qalandars lost to Maratha Arabians by 47 runs. After Jordan took 1 for 16 to go with a catch, Garton bowled one over for nine runs and Salt took a catch and combined with Jordan to execute a run out, the Qalandars were left requiring 108 for victory. They could only manage 60 for 4 from their ten overs, with Salt making seven from six balls at number four.

In Friday’s tie with the Qalandars, Luke Wright made 20 off 15 balls at the top of the order for Team Abu Dhabi.

The Sussex T20 captain followed that up with a man of the match-winning performance of 48 from just 23 balls on Sunday as Team Abu Dhabi beat Northern Warriors by six wickets with nine balls to spare.

David Wiese has played in both of Bangla Tigers’ opening two fixtures. In their six-wicket defeat to Deccan Gladiators on Saturday, the South African made six from two balls as the Tigers scored 108 for 5 from their ten overs before bowling two tidy overs for just 15 runs that included two wickets in two balls. The Gladiators were eventually able to make it home with a ball to spare, however.

The Tigers bounced back on Sunday with a five-wicket win against Karnataka Tuskers. Wiese took the catch that completed the only dismissal of the Tuskers’ innings. Their 114 for 1 looked an imposing total, but the Tigers reached their target with seven balls to spare. Wiese faced one-ball, hitting it to the boundary to secure victory for his side.

After the opening weekend, Bangla Tigers sit on top of Group A as a result of their superior net run rate. Team Abu Dhabi are top of Group B having played a game less and with a better run rate than second-placed Qalandars who also have three points. The T10 League continues with three matches a day until Sunday’s final and third-place play off.

Jofra Archer was back in an England shirt last week as the national side warmed up for their forthcoming Test series with New Zealand. In the drawn two-day tour match against a New Zealand XI on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jofra picked up 2 for 46 in his 11 overs during the hosts' innings. In a three-day first-class match against New Zealand A later in the week, Jofra took 2 for 58 and 3 for 34, as well as an unbeaten 41 with the bat during England's only innings of the drawn match. The first Test gets underway on Wednesday night UK time.

Danni Wyatt

Danni Wyatt’s sublime form in the Women’s Big Bash continued as her Melbourne Renegades side beat Sidney Sixers by two wickets on Sunday. Danni made her third fifty and fifth score of over thirty in nine innings in this year’s tournament by hitting a 43-ball 57 during the Renegades’ successful chase of the Sixers’ 139 for four. With five matches of the group stage left to play, the Renegades currently occupy the fourth and final semi-final berth. They’re next in action on Tuesday against Brisbane Heat before the Melbourne derby against the Stars on Saturday.  

In South Africa, Ravi Bopara made his first appearance of this year’s Msanzi Super League for Durban Heat against Cape Town Blitz at Kingsmead on Sunday. The all-rounder took one for 33 from three overs as the Blitz made 174 for 6 from their 20 overs, before scoring 12 from 15 balls at number six in a run-chase that fell ten runs short of victory. The Heat are next in action on Thursday, travelling to Centurion to take on Tshwane Spartans.

Travis Head bowled 20 overs for 98 runs for Australia A as the Pakistanis were dismissed for 428 batting first in their three-day tour match at Perth. Sussex’s overseas signing for next summer made 13 during his side’s reply and was one of only four batsmen to make double figures as Australia A were bowled out for 122. Travis took 1 for 71 in 11.5 overs during the Pakistanis’ second innings of 152 for 3 declared before ensuring the home side escaped with a draw by absorbing 45 balls on his way to 13 not out in Australia A’s second innings of 91 for 2. Travis’ next appointment is the first Test against Pakistan which begins at Brisbane on Thursday.

In Australian grade cricket, Luke Wells made 65 at the top of the order as his Casey-South Melbourne side scored 329 for 9 on the first day of their two-day Victorian Premier Cricket clash with St Kilda on Saturday. St Kilda will start their reply this weekend.

Earlier in the week, Luke made his debut for Bonbeach in the first round of matches in the Cricket Southern Bayside T20 competition, making six as his team overcame St Brigid’s/St Louis. Bonbeach play their next match on Tuesday, taking on Chelsea.

Over in New South Wales, Tom Haines scored 21 for St George as they defeated a University of New South Wales side containing former Sussex player Michael Burgess in a tight 50-over match on Saturday. St George successfully chased UNSW’s 204 for 9 in the final over with a single wicket remaining themselves. St George play another 50-over match this Saturday, with Penrith the opposition.