In a fantastic day of action packed T20 Cricket at the SCG in Sunday 18th, Mosman had 1 win and 1 nail biting loss. We finished the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup as champions of the Sydney Sixers Conference and overall runners up after falling just 3 runs short in our chase against Northern Districts in the final. ND's were worthy winners of a high quality final, with Sydney Sixers players Daniel Hughes (NDs) and Johan Botha both comfortably top scoring.
Earlier in the day, we played Sydney CC for the second time in the competition, having beaten them in a very close game at Allan Border in an earlier round. Playing for the Sixers Champion title, we batted first on a greenish wicket under overcast and humid skies. On the wide expanses of the SCG, the free swinging six hitting that had been a feature at suburban grounds was much more difficult. With a good partnership from Matt Day (46 from 36) and Johan Botha (46 from 51), we reached 120 - our lowest total so far in the competition and probably 20 runs short of our target. An outstanding bowling effort led by Matt Day with 4-20 saw us restrict Sydney to 9-110 As the pressure mounted on the Sydney side, our fielding became sharper, and we sent 3 Sydney batsmen back run out. In a sign of the urgency of our fielding, Matt Day took a caught and bowled off a skied shot close to the square leg umpire, covering almost 30 metres to make the catch! With Mosman the senior team, we took the Home dressing room at the SCG, so our squad revelled in the history of the occasion.
An afternoon off as Northern Districts accounted for Parramatta in the Thunder Conference final to sort out our Grand Final opponent.
We moved into the rooms again for a 7.00pm start under the full glare of the SCG lights, bowling first. ND's got away to a flying start, with an 85 run opening stand in 9 overs threatening a very big score. Tight overs from captain Scott Rodgie (2-20) and Johan Botha (2-19) put the brakes on, but with Blues opener Daniel Hughes still there a big score remained a possibility. A finishing flurry from Hughes saw him finish on 82no from 62 balls, and ND's on 6-154.
Our innings started slowly with Scott Rodgie and Danul Dassanayake both back in the grandstand before we had 10 on the big electronic scoreboard. A steadying partnership from David Lowery and Johan Botha took us to 59 before Lowery was run out for 20 after slipping over. Botha continued to accumulate runs however we could not get a partnership going. with only 12 balls left, we needed 35. The Dan Donaldson changed things up. Batting against his old school and junior club team mate, NSW Blues quick Harry Conway, Dan lifted the 2nd ball of the over into the rear of the O'Reilly Stand, then continued to swing hard, with an edge through the vacant slip area and another straight hit, Mosman took 20 off the 19th over, leaving 15 to get off the final over. With 11 from 5 by Johan Botha, we needed 4 for glory from the last ball. Unfortunately it wasn't to be this time, with Johan bowled trying to force a boundary. So we ended up 3 runs short of ND's total, with Botha not out on 81 from 55 balls. A good sign for the Sixers BBL campaign with the 2 first class batsmen scoring well over half the runs on the night without being dismissed.
The T20 campaign by the Mosman side was a vintage one. We won 6 of our 7 matches, with the final coming down to the last ball. Johan Botha and Scott Rodgie were the leading run scorers across the 24 team competition, and Matt Day was the equal leading wicket taker.
Congratulations again to Northern Districts for a wonderful final, and thanks to Harry Solomons at Kingsgrove Sports for his support of cricket.