Fairfield Liverpool cricketer Lachlan O'Connor said he hopes the "standard of indigenous cricket continues to rise" after leading the Thunder Indigenous XI to a clean sweep over the Hurricanes XI in Orange last week.
The left-hander smashed a pair of rapid half-tons across the three-game series to seal the Indigenous Twenty20 Cup and avenge last summer's 2-1 series loss.
O'Connor, a descendant of the Anaiwan people, backed up his 50-ball knock of 76 in the opening game with a match-winning innings of 71 from just 47 balls in the second game after the Thunder were reduced to 5-63 chasing 168. His performance under pressure forced the game into a super over where he combined with Wiradjuri's Ben Patterson from Dubbo to set an an unassailable total of 19. O'Connor hit nine from three balls, including one crucial six. The Thunder completed the sweep with a 21-run win in the final game.
"It's a big thing for me and my family to have the opportunity to represent my heritage," O'Connor said.
"I'm grateful to get out there on the field with a good bunch of blokes who are doing their families and mobs proud as well. It's a very special couple days.
"I just hope that the younger players continue to get involved and continue to keep putting their hand up for selection and that the standard of indigenous cricket continues to rise."
O'Connor made his first grade debut for the Lions on Back to Rosedale Day on Sunday in the Twenty20 Cup.