Sandhu tons up in defeat

Jumping for joy: Gurinder Sandhu at Wet’n’Wild Sydney.
Jumping for joy: Gurinder Sandhu at Wet’n’Wild Sydney.

Fairfield Liverpool captain Gurinder Sandhu  celebrated his new contract with the Sydney Thunder with his maiden first grade century on Saturday against Sutherland.

Resuming on 63, the open bowler dominated a 68-run stand with Raveesh Srivastava (14 not out) to help the Lions declare at 8-343.

Sandhu, whose previous highest score was 43, was the last man out for 109. 

Gurinder is a long standing member of our squad and we’re looking forward to welcoming him back for the season. He’s been working hard during the off season and we’d love to see him return to the form that saw him make his international debut.

Sydney Thunder director of cricket Michael Hussey

His 147-ball knock included 13 boundaries and three sixes.

Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ended for the Lions.

With rain looking at Glenn McGrath Oval, Sutherland chased down the target for the loss of six wickets in the 79th over.

Steve Waugh's son Austin (67 not out) was one of four players to pass 50 in the run chase. Chris Williams top scored with 84.

Doug Bollinger (2-56) and Matt Critchley (2-88) were the pick of the bowlers for the visitors.

Sandhu, who re-signed with the Sydney Thunder for the upcoming Big Bash League season on Friday, returned the figures of 0-35 of 13 overs.

Sandhu has taken 22-wickets for the Thunder over five seasons to be the club’s second highest wicket taker. 

“It’s such a different club from when I made my debut in BBL 02,” Sandhu said.

“It’s moved on a lot, it’s a lot more professional in every aspect. It’s a great time to be at the club.”

Sydney Thunder director of cricket Michael Hussey said: “Gurinder’s been working hard during the off season and we’d love to see him return to the form that saw him make his international debut just a few seasons ago.”

The loss leaves the the Lions in 11th spot after four rounds.

This Saturday they host Mosman in a two-day fixture at Rosedale Oval.