Australia fast-bowler James Pattinson showed he can be as destructive with the blade as he is with the ball, belting 137 off just 62 balls for his club side Dandenong on Sunday.
Pattinson smashed 22 boundaries in his whirlwind knock, sending 10 sixes over the Shepley Oval rope to power the Panthers to 4-204 in their Victorian Premier Cricket clash with Ringwood.
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The right-armer then returned with the ball, snaring 1-25 from his four overs as Dandenong overcame the Rams by 37 runs.
Pattinson’s knock was the second-highest T20 score in the competition’s history, falling short of Bushrangers’ teammate Cameron White’s 63-ball 143 for Richmond in 2006-07.
The 26-year-old is on the comeback trail from a back injury and said last month he’s aiming to return to top-flight cricket for the Melbourne Renegades in this summer’s KFC Big Bash League.
But the 17-Test quick’s effort was arguably not even the most impressive innings over the weekend in Melbourne, with Victoria and former Tasmania allrounder Evan Gulbis falling short of what would surely have been one of the fastest club cricket centuries ever recorded.
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After Gulbis claimed 3-29 to help Prahran restrict Frankston to 116 off their 20 overs, he crunched an unbeaten 97 off just 29 balls to wrap up the run-chase in just 7.2 overs.
His fellow opener Adam Bull and first-drop Shaun Miller could contribute just 14 runs between them as the 30-year-old went to town on the Frankston bowlers before the chase ended with Gulbis three short of triple-figures.
An astonishing 18 of the 29 legal deliveries he faced either reached or cleared the boundary.
This was how his innings unfolded (no-balls and wides excluded): 11.241.46144.44646663644646
Powerful England limited-overs opener Alex Hales was also in action in Melbourne over the weekend, hitting a quick-fire unbeaten 42 to see Fitzroy-Doncaster over the line against the Monash Tigers.
The eighth-ranked T20 batsman in the world on the International Cricket Council charts looked in good touch for the Lions, finding the Schramms Reserve’s short square boundaries to his liking.
Hales, who played alongside Pattinson at Dandenong in 2010-11, returned to the competition to pepper seven fours and a six as he helped his new side reel in the Tigers’ modest target of 63.
In Sydney, former South Africa limited-overs skipper Johan Botha notched the impressive triple of a hat-trick, a five-for and a century in the same match for Mosman Cricket Club in a NSW Premier Cricket T20 match.
The off-spinner, who recently gained his Australian citizenship and will represent the Sydney Sixers in BBL|06 as a local player, made two early inroads into Sydney CC’s top-order before returning to take the final three wickets in three balls from the final over, finishing with 5-12.
But with Mosman still facing with a sizeable chase of 187, Botha stepped up yet again.
The 34-year-old belted a 45-ball 102 to see his side home in the last over of the match to cap a remarkable individual performance.
And in Melbourne’s south, Kuwait’s national women’s team captain Maryam Omar made her senior debut for Port Melbourne Cricket Club last weekend.
Omar, a civil engineering student on scholarship with Central Queensland University, took 2-31 with her off-breaks in her maiden outing.
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