Anaiwan's Lachlan O'Connor went ballistic at Wade Park on Wednesday and Thursday, leading his Sydney Thunder side to a dominant clean-sweep of Hobart in this summer's edition of the Indigenous Twenty20 Cup.
O'Connor, who plays his club cricket for Fairfield-Liverpool in Sydney, smashed a pair of rapid half-tons across the three-game series and was particularly impressive in his side's second win.
The Thunder's first and third victories were comfortable but it was the O'Connor-inspired win in Thursday morning's second game that broke the Hurricanes' back, sealed the cup and avenged last summer's 2-1 series loss.
Backing up his unbeaten, 50-ball knock of 76 from Wednesday night, in the second game O'Connor belted a second straight half-ton to resurrect the Thunder's chase and send the clash to a super over, which his side won.
It's always an honour to represent your culture and your people... it's always great to get up too.Sydney Thunder's Ben Patterson
Chasing 169, the Thunder were in real strife at 5-63 when he entered the fray, even more so after skipper Tyran Liddiard (27) was run out at the non-striker's end from a rebounded O'Connor straight drive without adding to the score.
O'Connor promptly belted six boundaries and one maximum to finish with 71 from just 47 balls and give his side a chance and although he was dismissed with seven left to get, his side's tail-end still levelled the scores.
Batting first in the super over O'Connor finished with nine from three balls, hitting one crucial six and combining beautifully with Wiradjuri's Ben Patterson, from Dubbo, to hand the Hurricanes a one-over target of 19 to win.
The visiting side managed just six, and the Thunder completed their clean-sweep with a 21-run win in that afternoon's third and final game.
"He hit it really clean on Wednesday night and [did so] again [in the second game]," Patterson said of O'Connor, who didn't bat in the third clash.
"He's playing his cricket for Fairfield-Liverpool and he's looked really good, we did it pretty easy on Wednesday night but [Thursday was] tougher.
"It's just such a great concept, it's always an honour to represent your culture and your people and I think there's a few bigger things on the cards involving Indigenous cricket as well.
"It's great to be able to bring the [Hobart side] into our community, my community being out here in the central west, that's one of the best parts of the Indigenous T20 Cup.
"Obviously it's always great to get up too."
Patterson, now playing for Campbelltown-Camden in Sydney, was strong throughout the series, particularly in the Thunder's series-opening victory, continuing his stunning, recent form at Wade Park.
Just a few days earlier he'd belted a ridiculous, unbeaten 93 from just 57 balls to lead Bathurst City's Royal Hotel Cup - whom he plays for as a marquee - win over Cavaliers.
He finished with 47 from 28 balls in that game and took 2-27 with the ball to boot, and was solid without being outstanding in the other two games.
"I battled out there [in the second game]," Patterson laughed.
"I really enjoyed that game for Bathurst City last Friday night, it was good to get a few and I'll keep playing whenever I can because I do have a slightly different role in Sydney, so it's nice to come back and free the arms a little bit.
"It was a slightly different Wade Park to what I'm used to as well, it was a bit lower and slower so it was quite tough at times."
Patterson also said he was stoked to have the opportunity to once again play with Dubbo and Wiradjuri's Doug Potter, who made his debut for the Thunder this week.
"We played together at Newtown in Dubbo and he's come a long way as a cricketer, it's good for him to get this opportunity and I know he was proud to represent," Patterson said.
Potter didn't get much opportunity in the first two games but was excellent all-around in the third, combining a 14-ball knock of 25 with excellent figures of 3-27.
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