BOMADERRY’S Nathaniel Jones has helped the Sydney Thunder continue its dominance of the Big Bash League Indigenous Twenty20 Cup at Orange’s Wade Park recently, downing the Hobart Hurricanes to secure a third consecutive title since the tournament’s inception in 2015.
The electric greens accounted for the Sydney Sixers in the first two editions of the tournament – which is played annually in the colour city – and claimed this year’s trophy with a 2-1 series win over Hobart, trading victories with the Hurricanes on Wednesday before emerging triumphant from Thursday’s decider.
“Heading into the matches, we had to be confident on and off the field and show Hobart that we weren't there to muck around and that's exactly what we did,” Jones said.
“All the boys bonded so quickly and we were just a well oiled machine throughout the three games.
“It was a massive change for me, coming from a fairly small country competition but I think I really stepped up and definitely got to showcase what I've got as a quick.
“And being one of the eldest, in such a young team, it was really good to stand next to the other quick bowlers and help them out.
“It was such an amazing atmosphere after the win.”
Jones, 20, hopes to build on this sensational achievement and guide his Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens team to silverware this season.
“I'd say winning the Indigenous Twenty20 Cup has to be the biggest win in my cricketing career - contributing to three straight wins for the cup,” he said.
“Especially seeing as all the boys got so close in such a short amount of time.
“It was such an honour to represent my heritage, as it was for the whole team.
“This cup was a great way to really get young Indigenous talent to get noticed and be proud of who they are and where they come from.
“Hopefully I can use this experience as a springboard to my best season to date with ‘The Army’.”
Indigenous Twenty20 Cup results
Game one: Sydney Thunder 5/177 defeated Hobart Hurricanes 6/104.
Game two: Sydney Thunder 100 defeated by Hobart Hurricanes 6/164.
Game three: Sydney Thunder 8/166 defeated Hobart Hurricanes 5/127.