JLT Cup wrap: SuperCoach stunners emerge

THE JLT One-Day Cup has come to a close and SuperCoaches have their best indication yet of which players are set to dominate the Big Bash.

Paige Cardona and Andrew Weaver wrap the JLT Cup action.

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MATCH 1 – QLD v VIC

Big Will Sutherland won man of the match with a ridiculous 5/45 from 10 overs, with 4.5 economy rate, but sadly looks set to miss months with a back injury. The Big Show, Glenn Maxwell, got his season off to a flyer with 80 from 91 balls, a beautifully paced middle order innings. Nic Maddinson hit 68 in his first game for Victoria, but Peter Handscomb struggled in his first game, edging a ball to be dismissed for a duck. Keep an eye on Mark Steketee, who finished with 4/45 with a sub-4 economy rate of 3.89 for the Bulls.

MATCH 2 – WA v NSW

Andrew Tye looks set for big things this summer, finishing with 70 not out with the bat as well as 3/30 with the ball, winning the man of the match. Blues debutant Daniel Sams took two wickets in the opening over and finished with 3/46 for the afternoon. Scorchers young gun Joshua Philippe looked strong on debut for WA with 59 runs.

MATCH 3 – TAS v VIC

Matthew Wade got things underway with a monster 117 off 74 balls to put him front of mind for prospective SuperCoach owners, winning the man of the match honours. For the Vics, it was big Will Sutherland who impressed again with two wickets and a juicy economy rate of 5.10, but was dismissed for a duck with the bat. Meanwhile, Marcus Harris hit 69 off 73 balls. Keep an eye on 28-year-old Hurricane Clive Rose, who managed a tidy four wickets at a sub-5 economy rate.

MATCH 4 – SA v NSW

Strikers heavy hitter Jake Weatherald put the Blues to the sword, finishing with 106 not out at a strike rate of 108.16. But the news wasn’t so great for Adelaide teammate Alex Carey who finished in single digits. Meanwhile, Tom Cooper only got a look at seven balls but cracked three boundaries for a 178 strike rate. Spinner Adam Zampa had a day out with 3/37 and an economy rate of just 3.70! New Redbacks captain Jake Lehmann finished with 87 off 97 balls.

MATCH 5 – QLD v TAS

After announcing himself in BBL|07, Ben McDermott had a day out with the willow, finishing with 117 off 125 balls. Matthew Wade only managed 22 runs while Jordan Silk knocked off 85 for Tasmania. For the Bulls, Mark Steketee continued his strong form taking another four wickets, and Chris Lynn bullied his way through 70 runs.

MATCH 6 – WA v SA

Nathan Coulter-Nile looks to have put injuries behind him, taking 3/46 against the Redbacks. Andrew Tye continues his hot form, taking another three wickets with a 4.90 Economy Rate. For SA, Adam Zampa managed just the one wicket, Jake Weatherald found himself dismissed for a duck but Alex Carey was serviceable by bat, finishing with 58 runs.

MATCH 7 – NSW v VIC

It was the battle of the bowlers between the Blues and Vics, as Sean Abbott (5/70) and Jackson Coleman (5/39) went toe-to-toe for their respective teams. Daniel Hughes fell early, making just two runs for NSW, but veteran Moises Henriques managed to put 77 on the board. It was the form of Cameron White that most caught the eye, as he turned back the clock in a vintage display, making 123 runs. Peter Handscomb bounced back to record 89 runs.

MATCH 8 – SA v QLD

Chris Lynn went large and bounced back in a big way after a duck in his opening game, blasting 106 not out from just 71 balls, with a tidy strike rate of 149.30. Adam Zampa continued to light up the JLT, taking 3/58 with an economy rate of 5.80. Alex Carey made a gleaning 42 before falling to Matthew Kuhnemann, but it was Tom Cooper who put on a clinic, rescuing the Redbacks’ innings, making 139 from 134 balls including 15 boundaries and clearing the fence a further seven times. Billy Stanlake’s game cannot go unmentioned, finishing with a ridiculous 3/36 and an economy rate of 3.60!

MATCH 9 – NSW v TAS

Gurinder Sandhu was fantastic on debut for Tasmania, taking 4/42 from just 8.3 overs with an economy rate under five. Sean Abbott responded for NSW by ripping through Tasmania, taking 5/43 off eight overs. Jack Edwards put up a fight, hitting 68 off 50 balls, whilst SuperCoach players will be disappointed with Matthew Wade’s duck, the veteran displaying inconsistent form so far in the JLT.

MATCH 10 – VIC v WA

Josh Philippe continued his form with the bat, knocking off 65 runs in quick time as he opened the batting for the Warriors. D’Arcy Short played his first game of the series and finished with just 23 with the bat but took 2/21 with an economy rate of 5.31. Andrew Tye continued his strong form, adding another three wickets to his haul of nine for the series to date. Cameron White couldn’t emulate his ton and finished with a lowly 19 after opening the batting for the Vics. Marcus Harris continues to struggle for form, making just two runs, as did Nic Maddinson, who failed to ignite, with just a single to his name. For SuperCoach players hunting value this year, international Usman Qadir made his debut for WA and was promising with the ball, taking 3/50 and looking very comfortable.

MATCH 11 – SA v TAS

Back-to-back ducks for Hurricanes gloveman Matthew Wade, which won’t bode well for prospective SuperCoach owners. Ben McDermott fired off 102 not out for Tasmania, however, SuperCoach owners beware — with Steve Smith and David Warner sitting out this summer, McDermott bodes as a strong possibility to be called up to the Australian team in the short-form game. Adam Zampa continued his form with the white ball, taking two wickets at an impressive economy rate of 4.7. Jake Weatherald continued his strong vein of form with 79 off 82 balls, whilst Riley Meredith and the ‘G-man’ Gurinder Sandhu took two wickets apiece.

MATCH 12 – WA v QLD

D’Arcy Short went absolutely berserk against the Bulls, scoring 257 runs off 148 balls to record a ridiculous strike rate of 173.65. His scoreline included nothing short of 23 sixes and 15 boundaries. Mark Steketee managed just the one wicket, Billy Stanlake with two and Matt Kyhnemann with three. Sam Heazlett cracked 13 boundaries and three sixes on his way to 107 off 102 balls. Chris Lynn couldn’t back up his display from last game, but SuperCoach BBL observers will note his 58 runs came at a strike rate of 120. Usman Qadir failed to take a wicket in his second showing for WA, but it was Andrew Tye who took all before him, with a career-high 6/46 with an economy rate of 5.41. However, Tye’s brilliant form will likely see him called up to the Green and Gold this summer.

MATCH 13 – VIC v SA

Cameron White returned to form with 81 runs and it could’ve been more if not for a run-out. The Vics struggled with ball and bat, the only other highlights coming in the way of Fawad Ahmed and Scott Boland, who took two wickets apiece. Peter Handscomb can hold his head high with two brilliant run-outs of the dangerous Jake Weatherald and Jake Lehmann, whilst also putting 64 runs on the board with the willow. Callum Ferguson torched the Vics, finishing with 133 runs, while star SuperCoach duo Alex Carey (13 runs) and Weatherald (3) were disappointing for prospective SuperCoach owners.

MATCH 14 – TAS v WA

In what ended up being an easy victory for WA, George Bailey continued to show age is no barrier, rattling off 79 from 88 to join fellow Hobart Hurricane Ben McDermott (76 from 77) with half-centuries. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff and Usman Qadir captured two wickets apiece, with Qadir the pick of the bowlers with an economy rate of four runs per over. In response, WA cruised to the 292 they needed for victory, with Josh Philippe, D’Arcy Short and Marcus Stoinis all scoring over 50 with 100+ strike rates — Stoinis whipped 93 not out off a mere 49 balls at a fantastic strike rate of 189.8. Jackson Bird and Gurinder Sandhu both snagged two wickets, but Sandhu was smacked around the park, conceded 83 runs from nine overs for an economy rate of 9.22 runs per over.

MATCH 15 – NSW v QLD

Brisbane Heat bash brother Chris Lynn continued his fine early season form that seems certain to see him represent Australia this summer, so SuperCoach BBL buyers beware — another 135 from 113 balls showcased just how fine his JLT season has been. Chris Green destroyed the Bulls, claiming 5/53 from his 10 allotted overs, before NSW reeled in the 300 runs required for the win, with both Jack Edwards and Moises Henriques scoring fine centuries. Henriques, who has all-rounder status in SuperCoach BBL, finished with a run-a-ball 134 not out. Pat Cummins’ return from injury probably won’t be relevant to SuperCoach BBL fans as he’ll represent Australia against India this summer during the Big Bash season.

QUALIFYING FINAL – SA v QLD

Not even a second successive century from Thunder batsmen Callum Ferguson could get South Australia over the line against the Bulls in the first qualifying final. However, Ferguson has certainly put his case forward as an option in our SuperCoach BBL teams. The heavy-hitter cracked 101 off 80 balls, managing 15 boundaries and a strike rate of 126.25. Jake Weatherald finished the tournament with 64 runs against Queensland, while in-form bowler Adam Zampa failed to take a wicket. Alex Carey was bowled for 25, whilst Jake Weatherald has been a consistent figure and finished with 69 runs. Sam Heazlett is one to watch this summer, finishing with a strike rate of 140 after smashing 83 off 59 balls. Similarly, Chris Lynn (68) and Joe Burns (80 not out) look worthy of SuperCoach starts. Mark Steketee (3/67) and Mitch Swepson (3/64) were the best of the bowlers.

QUALIFYING FINAL – VIC v NSW

Match abandoned without a ball bowled.

SEMI FINAL – TAS v QLD

It was a disappointing showing from Queensland, whose top-order batsmen had been in red-hot form. But Chris Lynn (15), Sam Hazelett (22) and Max Bryant (11) just didn’t show up. Interestingly from a SuperCoach perspective, mid-priced bowler Mark Steketee managed 30 runs but failed to take a wicket. Billy Stanlake took 2/38 at an impressive economy rate of 4.22. For Tasmania, Ben McDermott was super-disappointing, making just 14 runs, which won’t sit well with prospective coaches. Matthew Wade recorded his third duck for the series and with that in mind, SuperCoach scouts have begun to cool on the veteran gloveman.

SEMI FINAL – WA v VIC

Nic Maddinson’s timely form has him at the forefront of SuperCoach calculations off the back of an impressive all-round display with bat and ball. At sixth in the order, Maddison smashed 58 off 63 with 28 runs in boundaries. With the ball, Maddison took 4/28 with an economy rate of 5.79. Marcus Harris went large with 73 off 49 (148.8 strike rate) but it was Peter Handsomb who looked slick with the willow, belting 80 off 73, timely for the Vics considering Cam White and Travis Dean managed one run between them at second and third in the order. Josh Inglis performed well with 63 runs while heavy-hitter D’Arcy Short failed to fire with just 44 runs. SuperCoach players will be buoyed by Nathan Coulter-Nile’s performance over the JLT, with the quick finishing with 3/50. He has a modest starting price of $125,000. Usman Qadir (1/65) and Andrew Tye (2/64) were good contributors.

GRAND FINAL – VIC v TAS

Gurinder Sandhu’s incredible 7/56 wasn’t enough to get Tasmania over the line, but it definitely got SuperCoaches talking. Sandhu’s haul featured a hattrick and took him to equal top on the wicket-taking chart. Cameron White (88 off 96) was the standout for Victoria with the bat, while Peter Handscomb (49 off 45) continued his strong form. Tasmania’s chase never got off the ground due to a brilliant team bowling effort from the Victorians. No bowler took more than two wickets or conceded over five runs per over. Notably for SuperCoach, Glenn Maxwell (1/23) and Nic Maddinson (1/10) both chipped in with wickets.

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