Former Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts player Jackson Isakka is making his presence felt in the Top End.
The all-rounder took 4-48 and scored 33 for the Northern Territory Strike in the opening match of the NT Top End Series against a Cricket Australia XI on Sunday in Darwin.
Isakka was out on the second last ball with the game finishing in a tie. The remaining two limited overs games will be played as day/night fixtures at DXC Arena on August 4 and 8.
The 20-year-old, former Westfields Sports High School student was selected for the Strike after another stellar campaign for the Southern Districts Club in the Darwin premier League where he is leading the batting aggregates after 12 rounds with 568 runs at an average of 63.11, including three centuries. He currently holds a 109 point lead in the 2021 Darwin and Districts Cricket Competition Champion Player Award, with two rounds remaining.
Last year Isakka described the off-season competition as the "perfect preparation" for the upcoming NSW Premier Cricket season with Sydney currently in lockdown and synthetic pitches only available with limited light.
As part of new Cricket 365 program, the Leumeah resident helped the Desert Blaze win the Men's Strike League One Day Series last month. The Blaze finished on top of the competition with five wins from six games. Isakka produced a man-of-the-match performance in the first round of competition, where he scored 81 from 70 balls and took two wickets against the City Cyclones.
Following the three matches in the Top End Series, the Cricket 365 Competition will revert to a T20 format, featuring Jackson's Desert Blaze team and the three other Strike League teams in the Men's Strike League T20 Tournament starting on August 15. The competition features several Australian first class players.
Jackson, who took out Campbelltown-Camden's player of the year award last year, scored 671 runs for the Ghosts in all formats last summer.