Jono Cook demolishes Dapto

ILLAWARRA T20

Keira allrounder Jono Cook bludgeoned seven sixes in an unbeaten 103 to lead Keira to an emphatic victory over Dapto in Saturday’s  Illawarra Twenty20 at Reed Park.

The Lions backed up their 55-run win over Balgownie in round one with Cook spearheading a 138-run thrashing of Dapto in round two.

Cook smashed seven sixes and four boundaries,  with the Lions’ 3-190 the highest score by any team over the two rounds. Cook then took 3-12 with Dapto rolled for 52.

 Meanwhile, Wollongong were the only other side with two wins – coming in vastly contrasting circumstances.

  Wollongong followed a nine-wicket win over Port Kembla by beating a self-destructing Helensburgh in round two.

  Wollongong were bowled out for just 87, with Jason Welsh (23) top-scoring and Sam Smith taking 3-12.

 The Burgh looked home at 7-84 heading into the 18th over, but lost 3-2 to lose by a run.

 The Burgh had four run-outs, including three of their final four dismissals.

 Josh Piper (21) top-scored for the Burgh while Sam Mutch took 3-10 for Wollongong.

In round one the Burgh 6-128, (Davy Smith 46) beat Wests 9-97 (Luke Boncompagni 36), with Piper taking 4-12.

Also in round one, skipper Dave Studholme smashed two sixes and nine boundaries in a rapid unbeaten 62 to lead Wollongong to a nine win over Port Kembla .

 Led by skipper Matt Skora’s 35, Port made a very competitive 8-127 in a game reduced to 17 overs before Studholme and teenager Toby Flynn-Duncombe (48 not out) put on an unbeaten 111 as Wollongong scored at more than 10 an over.

‘‘From 1-128 in one game to all out 87 the next,’’ Studholme lamented.

‘‘It was an escape [against Helensburgh] but two wins puts us in the box seat to make the T20 semis.’’

 In other games, Corrimal (7-149) had a 19-run win over University (130), while the Cougars’ second round game against Port Kembla was washed out.

 Cougars opener Kurtis Trindall (71) was the difference against the Students, supported by Tom McDevitt (30) and skipper Rob Fisher (18).

Nik Verma (1-19) bowled a great four over spell, with Uni struggling in reply before Mitchell Hearn smashed 50 off 26 balls to make it close.

  Xavier McDevitt took 3-25 for Corrimal.

 Meanwhile, Dapto (6-161) had one win from two rounds, after  beating Northern Districts (7-158), led by Dapto skipper’s  Michael Stephenson with 69, while Jackson Stewart (49) led the way for Norths.

 Norths skipper Mark Johnson made an unbeaten 86 in the 35-run win over Uni in round two, while Bally  also head into Saturday’s  round three with one win, after defeating Wests in round two.

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