With the Vitality T20 Blast fast approaching finals, a number of Australians sought to help their respective sides claim some vital points.
The Inner Sanctum takes a look at how each of the 13 Aussies in action fared in the most recent matches played.
Hayden Kerr (Derbyshire):
Kerr has been a valuable contributor to Derbyshire’s recent success over the past week of T20 Blast action.
During his side’s rain-affected clash with Yorkshire, Kerr took 2-20 off two overs, helping Derbyshire secure a six-wicket win. The 25-year-old was less influential against Birmingham, finishing with figures of 0-30 off three overs. Nevertheless, Derbyshire still recorded an impressive seven-wicket victory.
Kerr made an impact with both bat and ball against Northamptonshire. The talented all-rounder collected figures of 1-29 off 4 overs, before compiling 29 off 17 balls (including two fours and two sixes) at number three in the batting order to help his side claim a six-wicket win.
Kerr again showcased his capabilities with the bat in hand during his side’s defeat to Nottinghamshire, notching a quickfire 24 off 11 balls in an innings that included three fours and one six. He also took 1-38 off four overs with the ball.
Meanwhile, Derbyshire’s narrow five-run win over Lancashire saw Kerr amass 17 runs and claim impressive figures of 1-24 off four overs.
Derbyshire currently sits third on the table in the North Group of the T20 Blast.
Ashton Turner (Durham):
Ashton Turner returned from injury to captain his Durham against Yorkshire. It wasn’t the smoothest of transitions back into the fold for the West Australian, having been dismissed cheaply for three in Durham’s heavy 65-run loss.
It was a similar story against Leicestershire, with Durham falling short by 51 runs. Turner could only reach 12 off 12 balls before being dismissed.
A couple of rain-affected matches would follow for Turner’s side, with a clash against Lancashire ending with no result after only 17.4 overs were able to be bowled.
Against Nottinghamshire, the 29-year-old was again dismissed for single figures, with Durham succumbing to a slender two-run loss in a match involving reduced overs.
Andrew Tye (Durham):
Prolific T20 bowler Andrew Tye is putting together a terrific campaign for Durham, having only joined the side after the tournament’s commencement.
Despite his side’s comprehensive defeat to Leicestershire, Tye was on fire with the ball, taking 5-38 off four overs in a fine display of bowling.
This was backed up with figures of 1-29 off 2.4 overs against Lancashire and 1-35 off three overs against Nottinghamshire.
In eight matches, Tye has now claimed 19 wickets at an average of 12.73 across the campaign.
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Daniel Sams (Essex):
In what was a high-scoring affair against Sussex, Sams produced his best batting performance for the campaign to date, helping Essex secure an 11-run win.
The 29-year-old blasted his way to an incredible 71 off 24 balls, with the devastating knock including a whopping six fours and six maximums. Going at a strike rate of 295.83, Sams reached his half-century off 17 balls, helping his side set an imposing total of 244.
With the ball, Sams finished with figures of 1-41 off four overs, bowling the last over of the match to seal the win.
Sams didn’t reach the same heights during his side’s defeat to Somerset days later, departing the crease for a golden duck. However, he was the pick of the bowlers for Essex, claiming figures of 1-29 off four overs.
Subsequent victories over Middlesex and Surrey saw Sams collect figures of 1-37 and 1-42 respectively.
Essex finds itself third on the table in the South Group of the T20 Blast.
Michael Neser (Glamorgan):
Neser bowled beautifully during his side’s four-wicket win over Sussex last week. The right-arm seamer took 3-24 off four overs, helping Glamorgan restrict Sussex to 149 off its allotted 20 overs.
Against Middlesex, Neser finished with figures of 1-34 off his four overs, contributing to an eight-wicket win.
Meanwhile, despite his side’s 16-run loss to Somerset, Neser was again amongst the wickets, claiming figures of 3-19 off two overs. The 32-year-old took two consecutive wickets in the first over of the match, including the big scalps of in-form duo Tom Banton and Rilee Rossouw.
In 10 matches this season, Neser has taken 13 wickets at an average of 18.53.
Nathan Ellis (Hampshire):
Ellis has performed commendably for Hampshire in its recent encounters, helping his side record three wins from its last four matches.
Against Kent, the 27-year-old collected impressive figures of 2-26 off four overs. This was backed up with figures of 0-34 off four overs against Surrey.
In a 14-run win against Somerset, Ellis took 1-28 off four overs, whilst a nine-run win over Gloucestershire saw the right-arm seamer finish with figures of 1-41 off four overs.
Ben McDermott (Hampshire):
After some strong batting performances in week two of the T20 Blast, McDermott has endured somewhat of a lean run with the bat across recent matches for Hampshire.
In his side’s 54-run victory over Kent, McDermott fell cheaply for four. Meanwhile, during Hampshire’s four-wicket loss to Surrey, the 27-year-old could only reach five off eight balls before making way. He did however collect a stumping and a catch behind the stumps.
It was more of the same for McDermott against Somerset, having been dismissed off the third ball of the match for a duck. However, he did bounce back against Gloucestershire just days later, accumulating 50 off 38 balls (including five fours and two sixes) to top score for the match and give his side the upper hand.
Tim David (Lancashire):
Despite his side’s seven-wicket loss to Northamptonshire, David continued to offer spectators plenty of highlights. With the bat, the 26-year-old amassed 31 off just 11 balls, a knock that saw David hit four sixes in succession. He also played his part with the ball, opening the bowling and finishing with figures of 1-36 off four overs.
Lancashire returned to its winning ways against Nottinghamshire, recording a six-wicket win. David was less influential from an individual perspective, leaking 25 runs off two overs and only scoring five with the bat.
Against Durham, David notched 16 off 12 balls before rain ended play. Meanwhile, during his side’s clash with Derbyshire, the talented all-rounder collected figures of 1-15 off two overs, before going on to compile an unbeaten 42 off 23 balls (including two fours and three sixes). However, his innings proved not enough to drag his team over the line.
Lancashire is currently positioned second on the table in the North Group of the T20 Blast.
Jason Behrendorff (Middlesex):
Without necessarily dominating games, Behrendorff has been a consistent performer for Middlesex recently, having taken one wicket in each of his last four appearances.
The left-arm seamer took 1-43 off 3.1 overs during his side’s defeat to Surrey, followed by figures of 1-41 off four overs against Kent.
Behrendorff continued to toil hard during Middlesex’s subsequent encounters with Glamorgan and Essex. The West Australian took 1-22 off three overs against Glamorgan and produced very tidy figures of 1-17 off four overs against Essex.
Middlesex’s clash with Essex also saw Behrendorff notch 22* off 11 balls late in his side’s batting innings, with Middlesex ultimately falling short by 21 runs.
Chris Green (Middlesex):
Green has produced some strong individual performances for Middlesex over the last week of T20 Blast action, particularly with the ball in hand.
During his side’s seven-wicket win over Kent, the right-arm off-spinner claimed impressive figures of 2-18 off four overs, going at an economy rate of 4.50. This helped restrict Kent to a modest total of 141.
Meanwhile, Green also took 3-16 off three overs during Middlesex’s clash with Essex, embracing the responsibility of bowling at the death.
Chris Lynn (Northamptonshire):
Having missed a few of Northamptonshire’s matches due to injury, the in-form Lynn returned to the side for its clash with Derbyshire. The Queenslander could only add five runs to the scorecard, with Northamptonshire succumbing to defeat.
However, Lynn was back amongst the runs against Birmingham, accumulating 59 off 43 balls (including five fours and three sixes) to guide his side to a competitive total of 211. This proved to be not enough, with Birmingham chasing it down with seven balls to spare.
Northamptonshire again tasted defeat against Yorkshire a couple of days later, losing the match by 62 runs. Lynn was dismissed cheaply for five.
Dan Christian (Nottinghamshire):
Led by captain Dan Christian, Nottinghamshire experienced a mixed bag of results over the last week of T20 Blast action.
A tough day at the office ensued for Christian and his team against Birmingham, with Nottinghamshire losing the match by 55 runs. Christian was highly expensive with the ball, finishing with figures of 0-59 off three overs. He did however perform commendably with the bat, scoring 33 off 16 balls, registering five fours and one six in the process.
Defeats to both Lancashire and Leicestershire followed for Nottinghamshire. Against Lancashire, Christian amassed 30* off 14 balls, an innings which included two fours and two sixes.
The 39-year-old was prominent in the field against Leicestershire, grabbing two catches and a run-out in a 47-run loss.
Nottinghamshire returned to the winner’s list against Derbyshire, securing a convincing 94-run victory. This was backed up with a nail-biting win over Durham, with Christian bowling the final over of the match to see his side home. The veteran all-rounder finished the match with figures of 1-20 off two overs.
Peter Siddle (Somerset):
Across Somerset’s last five T20 Blast encounters, Siddle has taken at least one wicket, contributing to his side’s rise to second on the table in the South Group.
A thrilling seven-run win over Gloucestershire saw Siddle collect figures of 3-30 off four overs. The veteran fast bowler took all three of his wickets in the penultimate over of the match, which included the dismissals of established Gloucestershire batters Ryan Higgins and Benny Howell.
During his side’s eight-wicket win over Essex, Siddle took 1-39 off his four overs.
However, in a nail-biting loss to Surrey, the 37-year-old was truly in the thick of the action. With Somerset defending 144 for victory, Siddle claimed figures of 3-42 off four overs. Given the responsibility to bowl at the death, Siddle picked up all three wickets in the final over, however, conceded a boundary off the last ball of the match to hand Surrey the victory.
Siddle also produced figures of 2-31 off four overs against Hampshire and 1-16 off two overs against Glamorgan. He has now taken a total of 11 wickets at an average of 18.90 across seven T20 Blast matches.
The next lot of T20 Blast matches are due to begin on July 2.
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