Suspended former Australian skipper, Steve Smith has led from the front as his club side -Sutherland won the NSW T20 Premier Cricket tournament title against Sydney on Monday (December).
It was for the first time since March when the ball-tampering saga took place in South Africa, Smith was captaining a team in his home ground under lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), where the 29-year-old has played six Tests in his career in the past.
The right-hander brilliantly played an unbeaten 42 off 44 balls in his side’s semi-final chase of 113 against St George to help the Sutherland to reach the final of the T20 competition, while he managed to score only 19 off 11 balls in the final against Sydney University to clinch the title.
Sutherland top-order batsman Jamie Brown was named Player of the Final for his superb 35* which guide his club to a commanding five-wicket victory over Sydney here.
Meanwhile, Smith is currently serving a year-long ban from international and domestic cricket for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, though, he is allowed to play club cricket and T20 leagues.
Now, Smith and Sutherland squad will travel to Adelaide in March next year to compete at the inaugural Foxtel National Premier T20 Championships.