Game six of the BPL featured another star-studded competition with Andrew Gode and his Norths Kings taking on Leigh Drennan and his Southern Rockets. The clash also saw South Australian Redbacks left hander Conor McInerney for the Rockets.
Bash Brothers Andrew Gode and Josh Brown got the Kings off to a blistering start, combining for 64 runs off 24 balls, with four 6’s and eight 4’s. Scott Palombo strode to the crease, and with the support of Tom Healy and Jack Cooper, the trio ensured they’d see out the 20 overs. Scoring 53 off 47 balls to anchor the innings, Scott Palombo credited their better score to better batting conditions.
“The pace is coming on a lot better, but slow spin is still pretty hard to hit” said Palombo.
Starting the Rockets defence, Conor McInerney was the one to dismiss Andrew Gode after his blistering start, noting Gode’s reputation for hitting spin a long way.
Southern Rockets started their chase with a stable opening partnership from Nick McGill and Conor McInerney. The dismissal of McGill was the beginning of the Rockets steady tumble of wickets.
“The pitch probably was on the slower side, probably due to the time of the year” said McInerney
Through the run chase, many rockets batsmen tried and failed. Reece McDonald strode to the crease and struck 26 off 20 in the chase. This was to no avail as the Southern Rockets got to 9/133, well short of Norths total of 165.
The Kings second win of the day resulted in a three-way tie for the lead of the BPL after round one.