Highlands T20 smash

There were plenty of big hits and boundaries at the HDCA T20 Smash competition over the weekend. 

T20 SMASH: Dominic O'Shannessy bats for East Bowral Blue in the Twenty20 match against Robertson at Lackey Park. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.

T20 SMASH: Dominic O'Shannessy bats for East Bowral Blue in the Twenty20 match against Robertson at Lackey Park. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.

Cricket clubs in the Highlands have embraced the fun T20 format which was first introduced in 2012. 

The original purpose of the Highlands T20 was to attract new supporters to cricket, whilst also rounding off the Christmas and new year period. 

First and second grade HDCA teams combined for the competition and teams played under ‘franchise names’. 

Round one and two games were played at Lackey Park and Welby Oval, with each matching lasting for about three hours. 

Third grade teams also took part in the T20 smash. Third grade games were decided at Stephens Park. 

The T20 games were a little different from the standard games, making for a fast and furious display. 

There were fielding restrictions but no free hit rule and players had to be on the field for at least three overs before batting and bowling.

Games were played in high spirits and the matches provided some very close scores. 

In the third grade competition, East Bowral Blue Cricket Club were defeated by 38 runs by Bowral Cricket Club. 

In the first and second grade competition Bowral defeated East Bowral Sky by nine wickets. 

In another third grade smash, Mittagong defeated Bowral by 66 runs.

Mittagong was then defeated by East Bowral Blue Cricket Club by nine wickets. 

The Robertson Burrawang Bulls defeated the Wingello Tigers by six wickets in the first and second grade competition and Mittagong defeated East Bowral Blue Royal by two wickets. 

The winner of the inaugural T20 Blast first grade trophy was Wingello in the 2012/13 cricket season and Robertson/Burrawang won the trophy in 2013/14. The Wildes Meadow Wombats took the title in last year’s grand final. 

Round three and four of the T20 Smash will be played on January 14.

First and second grade competition will again be played at Welby Oval and Lackey Park. 

The regular HDCA season will re-commence on January 21. All games will begin at 1pm.  

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