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Rampant Tigers clinch Twenty20 Cup trophy

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UNHERALDED keeper batsman Beau McClintock and Bermudian international Delray Rawlins were the toast of Tiger town last Sunday after Sydney Cricket Club brought home the 2017 Kingsgrove Sports Twenty 20 Cup championship trophy.

The talented duo produced superb performances on the day as Sydney turned in a spirited team effort to roll Penrith by 36 runs in an entertaining Cup final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

It was the Tigers’ second Twenty20 Cup title after previously winning the tournament back in 2011.

After a slow start to his Sydney top grade career, English import Rawlins has hit his straps with both bat and ball in the lead up to the Christmas break.

The 20 year old Sussex all rounder smashed 57 in the final with McClintock scoring an unbeaten 41 to help the Tigers post 7-158 from their 20 overs.

Sydney revelled in the pressure-cooker moments to dismiss the Panthers for 122.

Earlier in the day, the Tigers toppled Sutherland by 32 runs to win the Sixers Conference final and advance to the Twenty20 Cup decider with McClintock cracking an unbeaten 54 off 46 balls and Rawlins snaring 2-21.

They were supported by all rounder Nathan Sowter (36 not out and 2-17); Ryan Felsch (22); Nic Bills (2-29) and emerging cub Ben Manenti (1-23).

Penrith, who boasted a strong lineup that featured Sydney Sixers stars Sam Billings and Jordan Silk, were best served by Ryan Gibson (30), Brent Williams (2-19), Michael Castle (2-27) and Luke Hodges (2-29).

Under the guidance of Coaching Director Michael Haire, club captain Dan Smith, chairman Neil Maxwell, General Manager Greg Healy and predecessor David Kelly the Sydney club has developed some of the best young talent in the State.

The Tigers won the U/16 A.W Green Shield, second grade and fourth grade premiership trophies last summer and were pipped for the Club Championship these past two seasons.

Now they’ve added more Twenty20 silverware to their trophy cabinet and have set their sights on winning a first grade championship in the New Year.

JUBILANT Tigers’ players and officials celebrate their Twenty20 championship victory over Penrith at the SCG last Sunday. Photo by Ian Bird Photography.