Players from far and wide shone in the second instalment of the KFC T20 Max competition with Big Bash scouts certain to again look hard for diamonds in the rough as we reveal the Teams of the Tournament.
T20 Max Teams Of Tournament
Several talented players who caught the eye last summer in the inaugural tournament landed deals in the KFC Big Bash League, including Brisbane Heat players Spencer Johnson, Josh Brown and Nathan McSweeney and Paddy Dooley (Hobart).
With the men’s and women’s T20 Max competition running concurrently this season, Weber WBBL players will also have the chance to secure a spot on a playing roster around the country.
The respective champions Ipswich (men) and Sandgate-Redcliffe (women) are well represented in the two teams of the tournament, chosen with input from Brisbane Heat head coaches Wade Seccombe and Ashley Noffke.
Allrounders dominated the men’s team of the tournament, including Jack Wood (Ipswich), Preston White (Toombul), Liam Scott (Sunshine Coast) and Nikhil Chaudhary (Norths).
Queensland Bulls rookie Hugo Burdon and Wood, who played two games for the Heat in 2020 and 2022, finished as the joint leading runs-scorers with 379, ahead of Melbourne Renegades batsman Mackenzie Harvey who scored two centuries for the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast wicket-keeper Jay Lenton, who has played BBL with the Sydney Thunder and was an assistant coach with the Sydney Sixers last summer, takes the gloves in the team while Melbourne quick Wilson McGillvray, ex-Bulls squad paceman Benji Floros and South Australian leg-spinner Lloyd Pope were also among the bowlers to perform.
The Women’s team of the tournament features Heat batters Georgia Voll and Mikayla Hinkley, allrounder and captain Jess Knott and allrounder Charl Knott as well as Adelaide Strikers trio Katie Mack, Maddie Penna and Jemma Barsby, a former Brisbane player.
Voll was the leading runs-scorer with 225 runs at a strike-rate of 141.
Indian World Cup player Shikha Pandey was also named after spending second year in a row playing Premier Cricket as part of her pre-season build-up.
A total of 12 men’s and women’s matches were streamed live on Kayo Sports through its popular Freebies service.
All men's and women's T20 Max games were streamed online by Sportradar through the Frogbox system.
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said the competition had been another resounding success.
“We’re delighted that KFC have continued to be such a wonderful partner for Queensland Cricket, especially with their backing of men’s and women’s Premier Cricket,’’ he said.
“Likewise, the support of KAYO Freebies and Sportsradar to stream and broadcast the matches to a wide and appreciative audience has boosted awareness and exposure for the players and the Premier clubs.
“Preliminary streaming numbers show us that the competition has benefited from attracting high quality playing talent and is being run at the right time of the season for the players, clubs and the fans.
"We wish all the participants the best for the coming summer and thank them for their support of the competition. Queensland Cricket looks forward to delivering another successful competition next year,’’ he said.
More than 100 interstate and overseas players featured across the three-week competition.
They joined current contracted Queensland Bulls, Queensland Fire and Brisbane Heat male and female players in the competition that aims to provide high quality T20 playing opportunities and a pathway to the Big Bash.
2023-24 KFC T20 MAX Teams of the Tournament
Mackenzie Harvey (Sunshine Coast)
Jack Wood (Ipswich)
Hugo Burdon (Gold Coast)
Scott Palombo (Northern Suburbs)
Nikhil Chaudhary (Northern Suburbs)
Preston White (Toombul)
Liam Scott (Sunshine Coast)
Jay Lenton (Sunshine Coast)
Wilson McGillivray (Wynnum-Manly)
Benji Floros (Valley)
Lloyd Pope (Redlands)
Coach: Brendan Creevey (Ipswich)
Georgia Voll (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Katie Mack (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Mikayla Hinkley (Valley)
Maddie Penna (University of Queensland)
Charli Knott (University of Queensland)
Sianna Ginger (Valley)
Kira Holmes (Valley)
Jess Jonassen (Valley)
Jemma Barsby (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Shikha Pandey (Wynnum-Manly)
Meagan Dixon (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Coach: Tony Dudgeon (Sandgate-Redcliffe)