Steven Smith’s century helps arrange victory for brand new captain Pat Cummins
Ollie Davies marked his debut with a 35-ball half-century whereas Cummins put in a formidable all-round show
New South Wales 9 for 318 (Smith 127, Davies 57) beat Victoria 259 (Brief 67, Pattinson 54, Cummins 3-38) by 59 runs
A masterful century from Steven Smith, a glowing debut from Ollie Davies and a effective all-round show from new captain Pat Cummins propelled New South Wales to a convincing victory within the opening match of the Marsh Cup in opposition to Victoria.
The house facet struggled within the early levels of their innings having been put into bat at North Sydney Oval when Cummins misplaced his first toss with each openers falling for single figures. Nevertheless, from 4 for 73 after 20 overs they added an additional 245, the innings first delivered to life by Davies’ 35-ball half-century then completed off in type by Smith who struck 76 off his final 47 deliveries and Cummins who swung his method to 49 off 30 earlier than including three wickets.
“I was pretty relaxed,” Cummins mentioned afterwards. “The thing I was most nervous about was stuffing up my overs, getting my maths wrong. My mum is a maths teacher, so I wouldn’t have lived that one down if I got it wrong.”
Smith’s century, his third in one-day cricket for New South Wales, got here from 115 balls and in complete he struck six sixes to equal probably the most he had hit in a one-day innings. His final two got here in consecutive deliveries off James Pattinson, the primary of them clearing the bottom over deep midwicket to hold the overall previous 300.
Nevertheless, it was debutant Davies, who had briefly proven his expertise within the BBL with Sydney Thunder, who initially revived the innings with an excellent counterattacking show. After beginning with a few punchy drives, he responded to Victoria’s try and bowl quick – which included having a brief leg in place – by twice pulling Xavier Crone over the leg facet for six.
One other six to the identical space, this day without work Zak Evans, took him to 49 earlier than he tucked a single to deliver up his fifty off 35 deliveries. The enjoyable ended a short time later when he was very effectively held by a back-tracking mid-on however he had left his mark.
Sean Abbott added additional impetus, together with a rare scooped six off Crone, however when he was acrobatically caught by Peter Handscomb, New South Wales had been six down with 10 overs remaining.
Smith and Cummins took cost of the latter levels with the captain dominating a seventh-wicket stand of 79 in eight overs earlier than falling one wanting a maiden one-day fifty. Crone ended with the painful figures of 1 for 94. Smith’s hundred made it three centuries in 4 one-day innings this season following his back-to-back lots of in opposition to India.
Cummins struck twice in his fourth over, throughout an exemplary five-over opening spell, firstly when Sam Harper discovered that making an attempt to scoop the world’s No. 1 bowler is a troublesome ask after which with a speedy supply which nipped again to take Nic Maddinson’s inside edge.
The innings was steadied by a 59-run stand between Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb however was ended when Harris chopped on in opposition to Sean Abbott which then turned 5 for 111 within the twenty sixth over when Jake Fraser-McGurk, one other of the kids Victoria will give publicity to within the latter a part of the season, was run out.
Matt Brief’s half-century stored Victoria’s hopes flickering and Pattinson’s maiden one-day fifty supplied some late leisure, however an asking price of approaching ten-an-over for the decrease order was at all times a tall order. The sport by no means bought shut sufficient to actually take a look at Cummins’ tactical acumen, however for now a minimum of he has a 100% file as captain.
Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo