Hassall Grove resident Gurinder Sandhu hits maiden first grade century after re-signing for Sydney Thunder

Jumping for joy: Gurinder Sandhu at Wet’n’Wild Sydney which have formed a partnership with the Sydney Thunder this year. All full season members will receive a free day pass to the water park. Picture: Sydney Thunder
Jumping for joy: Gurinder Sandhu at Wet’n’Wild Sydney which have formed a partnership with the Sydney Thunder this year. All full season members will receive a free day pass to the water park. Picture: Sydney Thunder

Long-time Sydney Thunder fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu will line up for the side again in this season’s Big Bash League.

The Hassall Grove resident 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 it was great to have the bowler back again.

“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,” Hussey said. 

Picture: Sydney Thunder

Picture: Sydney Thunder

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 opening 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. 

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.

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.

Picture: Sydney Thunder

Picture: Sydney Thunder