Cricket Switch-Hitter Reaches Milestone

Today in ACT Premier 1st Grade cricket, Blake Dean reached a unique milestone in Premier Cricket around the country. In what is believed a first, Blake Dean became the first player to hit a half century batting both left and right handed.

Dean, who has previously represented the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, opened the batting for Weston Creek Molonglo making 57 runs off 60 deliveries, hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes. He shared a century opening partnership with Josh Myburgh, who made 54 off 86 deliveries.

This was the first time that Blake had played a ACT 1st Grade match batting both right and left handed. Last weekend he played in the ACT Twenty20 Competition known as the Konica Minolta Regional Cup making 72 runs in the three matches played over the weekend.

Originally from Bathurst, Blake has played 1st Grade in Sydney for University of NSW in 2008/09 before moving to Canberra to play for Queanbeyan, Tuggeranong Valley and now for Weston Creek Molonglo. He spent the previous season honing his craft in second grade as a left handed batsman, starting the Southpaw Project which he has documented his journey through social media. In addition to batting right and left handed, he also bowls spin left and right handed. A truly unique cricketer.

Peter Nevill equals World Record

On October 8, 2017, Peter Nevill equalled the world record for the most dismissals in a innings for a List A match.

Playing for New South Wales against the Cricket Australia XI at Hurstville Oval in the JLT Cup, Nevill completed eight dismissals with six catches and two stumpings.

He equalled the record jointly held by Derek Taylor of Somerset, Steve Palframan of Boland and James Pipe of Worcestershire.

It broke the record for an innings in Australia where it was held by a number of people with six dismissals. In fact, no Australian has taken more than six dismissals in an innings anywhere in the world.

Below is a list of the Most Dismissals in a List A match

8 8ct DJS Taylor Somerset v British Universities Taunton 1982
8 5ct 3st SJ Palframan Boland v Easterns Paarl 1997/98
8 8ct DJ Pipe Worcestershire v Hertfordshire Hertford 2001
8 6ct 2st PM Nevill New South Wales v Cricket Australia XI Hurstville 2017/18
7 6ct 1st RW Taylor Derbyshire v Lancashire Manchester 1975
7 4ct 3st Rizwan Umar Sargodha v Bahawalpur Sargodha 1991/92
7 7ct AJ Stewart Surrey v Glamorgan Swansea 1994
7 7ct I Mitchell Border v Western Province East London 1998/99
7 6ct 1st MKPB Kularatne Galle v Colts Colombo 2001/02
7 5ct 2st TR Ambrose Warwickshire v Middlesex Birmingham 2009
7 3ct 4st WAS Niroshan Chilaw Marians CC v Saracens SC Katunayake 2009/10
7 7ct M Rawat Railways v Madhya Pradesh Nagpur 2011/12
7 7ct HC Madushan Badureliya SC v Colombo CC Colombo 2013/14
7 6ct 1st PA Patel Central Zone v West Zone Viskahapatnam 2013/14
7 7ct DJ Vilas Cape Cobras v Knights Kimberley 2014/15