Form Guide: Sams’ hat-trick on bowling return, Zampa & QDK star at CWC & Connolly back from injury
BBL|13 is officially a month away so we’ll be rolling out our weekly Form Guide every Monday, looking across international, domestic and club cricket, with Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Quinton de Kock, Ben McDermott and Cooper Connolly leading this week’s edition.
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Renegades recruit Adam Zampa is the hot hand right now, taking 18 wickets in his past five World Cup games, thrusting him into SuperCoach BBL calculations given he’s only $131k and the Gades have a Round 1 double.
Zampa took a match-winning 3-21 plus blasted 29 from 19 balls in Saturday’s win over England, after a brilliant run in the previous four games as seen below in the tweet.
Fellow Gades signing Quinton de Kock is also in red-hot form at the World Cup, scoring his fourth century of the tournament (form line in tweet below) against New Zealand. QDK is priced at $180k but with the Gades’ early draw (Round 1 and Round 3 doubles) he needs to be considered.
That’s assuming he’s available as there’s some scope he’ll miss with an SA T20I series and the Abu Dhabi T10 League clashing with the early BBL rounds. Watch this space, but find out more with our availability calendar here.
Back in Australia, Thunder all-rounder Daniel Sams hadn’t bowled all season at club level for Randwick-Petersham due to an unnamed injury, hence he’s not played for NSW, but on Sunday he had his first competitive trundle and was excellent with four wickets in his side’s Kingsgrove T20 Cup final victory over Gordon.
Sams opened the bowling, took a wicket with the first ball of the innings, bowled a maiden and ended up with 4-30 from four overs, including a hat-trick where he claimed a wicket with the final ball of his third over, then the first two of his next. Sams came in at four with the bat, blasting 42 from 30 balls. He was named Player of the Final.
Thunder batsman Alex Ross batted first drop for Randwick in that game, making 43 from 33, while new Heat signing Jack Wood opened the batting and made 25 from 19. Wood, who was the top scorer in Queensland’s T20 Max tournament in August and September, didn’t bowl.
In WA Premier Cricket, Scorchers all-rounder Cooper Connolly returned to action following toe surgery and made 54 from 135 balls for Scarborough on Saturday. He’ll play for the WA 2nd XI against ACT during the week at the WACA Ground, along with out-of-sorts D’Arcy Short, who got a duck in Saturday’s Marsh Cup loss to NSW. Short has three ducks in his past four Marsh Cup games.
In WA’s Premier Cricket T20s on Sunday, Hurricanes bat Tim David returned to action with 1-16 from four overs opening the bowling and then smashing 32 from 20 balls as Claremont-Nedlands thrashed University by seven wickets with 34 balls to spare.
In Queensland Premier Cricket, under-priced Hurricanes wicketkeeper-batsman Ben McDermott smoked 112* from 160 balls with 10 fours and two sixes for Gold Coast against South Brisbane.
McDermott’s grade century comes after blasting 143 from 112 balls for Queensland in their Marsh Cup loss to Tasmania, with Caleb Jewell named Player of the Match after scoring 137 from 137 balls. Nathan Ellis also returned from a groin injury in that game, taking 1-77 from 10 overs in a game dominated by the bats.
In the same Premier Cricket game, Heat spinner Matt Kuhnemann took 3-47 from 11 overs and Xavier Bartlett made 18 from 44 but didn’t bowl as he recovers from a back issue. Bartlett had returned for Queensland’s 2nd XI during the week, hitting the winning runs in the game but also didn’t bowl. Honeyball understands he’s expected to resume bowling later this month ahead of BBL|13.
Elsewhere, Josh Brown was run out for 10 for Northern Suburbs, having previously posted back-to-back half-centuries in recent games.
In Victoria’s Kookaburra Firsts, Stars opening batsman Tom Rogers scored a match-winning 103* from 111 balls for Ringwood.
In the Marsh Cup, Hayden Kerr returned from an adductor strain for NSW in their win over WA on Saturday, while fellow all-rounder Jack Edwards was left out managing a “few niggles”. Sixers opener Josh Philippe made 61 from 60 balls for WA.
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