ROSS Whiteley made his Bangladesh Premier League debut and helped his franchise Sylhet Sixers to a double winning start.

The Worcestershire all-rounder was part of the side which romped to a nine-wicket win over reigning champions Dhaka Dynamites in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,000 in the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

Then an unchanged Sylhet side followed that up with a tighter four-wicket victory against Comilla Victorians at the same venue.

In both matches Sylhet won the toss and inserting the opposition paid off.

Dhaka contained Kumar Sangakkara in their line-up and he top-scored with 32 while ex Worcestershire player Shakib Al Hasan made 23.

But Liam Plunkett (2-20), Nasir Hossain (2-21) and Abdul Hasan (2-24) restricted them to 136-7.

Whiteley did not have the opportunity to bat as Sylhet openers Upul Tharanga (69 not out) and Andre Fletcher (63) put on 125 as victory was achieved with 19 balls to spare.

The Sylhet bowlers again kept a tight rein against the Victorians despite 60 off 47 balls from Marlon Samuels with Jos Buttler dismissed for two.

They made 145-6 from their 20 overs with Taijul Islam (2-22) the most successful Sylhet bowler.

Tharanga (51) and Fletcher (36) again gave the Sixers a fine start with a stand of 73. Whiteley had his first knock of the tournament and made 10 from 14 balls before he was run out as Sylhet won with just one ball to spare.

Meanwhile, George Rhodes made a winning start to his spell with New Zealand side Onslow and made useful contributions with bat and ball.

The Worcestershire all-rounder is playing for a club based in Khandallah whose previous players include the New Zealand international trio of Jeremy Coney, John Morrison and Gavin Larsen.

Rhodes batted at number four and made 33 off 39 balls as Onslow totalled 262-9 in their Ewen Chatfield Trophy 50-over clash with Wellington Collegiates.

He came in at 155-2 in the 30th over and was sixth out at 214 in the 43rd over.

Rhodes then returned 2-24 from 6.1 overs as Wellington were bowled out for 146 in 35.1 overs.

Victory made it three wins out of three for Onslow and maintained their 100 per cent record in the competition.

Last winter Rhodes played for Tea Tree Gully in Australia.

Worcestershire's Charlie Morris picked up two wickets but his side Tuggeranong Valley suffered their first defeat of the season in the McDonald’s ACT Premier Cricket first grade match with Weston Creek Molonglo.

Tuggeranong were bowled out for 131 in 43.4 overs with Morris making six batting at number 10.

The County paceman removed both Weston openers and finished with 2-32 from eight overs.

Weston achieved a seven-wicket win with 26.2 overs to spare.