Victory sees Sutherland, led by former Yorkshire star Phil Jaques, move up to ninth on the table, just three places outside the play-offs. Jaques continued his excellent form with the bat top-scoring with 73 helping his side reach 248 all out before dismissing their opposition for 214 with two overs to spare. Leaning now averages just over 12 with the ball and has taken 15 wickets in the seven matches he has played. Not a bad return from what many regard as the most competitive league in Australia.
With captain Andrew Gale missing this week’s action in Victoria with a slight niggle, it was down to wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson to grab the headlines for his side Mount Waverley. He took a catch and a stumping in another impeccable performance behind the stumps. In his sides two-day game, with the second day coming up next Saturday, opposition Williamstown finished on 239 for 9. Hodgson faces next Saturday batting for most of it and will be looking to score some big runs as he continues his preparation ahead of the new season.
Over in Western Australia, Jack Brooks continues to shine with the ball. After featuring on Test Match Special during the England versus Australia One-Day International at the WACA, he was is scintillating form bowling at the speed of light for club side Willetton Dragons taking three wickets for 52 runs from 15.1 overs. The Headband Warrior was integral to the Dragons success dismissing opposition Perth for 173 in 61 overs. At the close, Willetton were 70 for 1 and the second day resumes next Saturday with Brooks aiming for his third successive victory.
On the international scene a top score of 55 from Joe Root (pictured right) couldn’t prevent England from losing to Australia in the fifth One-Day International at the Adelaide Oval. Chasing 218 for victory, England lost by five runs. Australia claims the series 4-1. England’s T20 team, which includes Tim Bresnan and Root, play a three-game T20 series against Australia starting on Wednesday in Hobart.
The England women’s team lost narrowly to Australia in the latest instalment of the Women’s Ashes Series. The Southern Stars kept the Women’s Ashes series alive with a four-wicket win in the final one-day international in Hobart. England now lead 8-4 in the points-based series and need to win one of the three Twenty20s to secure the Ashes. Yorkshire’s Danielle Hazell took one for 25 from her ten overs.
Next week, we’ll be following the exploits of seamers Ben Coad and Moin Ashraf who headed to Adelaide on Sunday. Finally, our three England Lions representatives – Jonny Bairstow, Alex Lees and Liam Plunkett – all set off to Sri Lanka for their upcoming tour.
We’ll keep you posted of all our Yorkies On Tour over the coming weeks.