Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Travis Head smashes blistering 230 as South Australia snap losing streak. Travis Head smashed the second-highest List A score by an Australian batter
Travis Head smashed the second-highest List A score by an Australian batter
Travis Head smashed the second-highest List A score by an Australian batter as South Australia beat Queensland to end their winless drought in One-Day Cup encounter at the Karen Rolton Oval on Wednesday (October 13).
Head hit 230 off just 127 balls, an innings that was studded with 28 fours and 8 sixes, to power the hosts to 391 for 8 in 48 overs, a total that proved to be unsurmountable for Queensland despite two recalibrations owing to rain interruptions.
Head last played an ODI for Australia in November 2018 and lost his central contract after losing his place in the Test side last summer. He had a middling stint with Sussex that progressively improved through the white-ball legs, but nothing that would have prepared Queensland for the carnage that was unleashed on them.
The South Australian captain joined Jake Weatherald in the fourth over of the innings after electing to bat at the toss. The pair went on to put 244 for the second wicket with Weatherald scoring 97 off 103. Head kept swinging for the fences, reaching his double hundred off 114 balls, his second century coming off just 49 deliveries. Head's strike-rate of 181.1 is also the highest for a century score in the history of the One-Day Cup.
Head had his fortuitous moments along the way when as many as three times, on 63, 186 and 222, he was caught at the boundary before the fielders had to flick the ball inside to avoid carrying it over the ropes while overbalancing. He was eventually dismissed by Michael Neser, falling in the middle of a mini-collapse that saw South Australia lose 6 for 41. Notwithstanding that late wobble, they had amassed 391 in 48 overs, the sixth highest score in the One-Day Cup history.
“I took my chances at the start, and got off to a quick start which always helps,” Head said. “I moved into the ball really well, and was probably a bit keen to get into the game having a couple of weeks out of it since the last Shield game. There was probably a little bit in the wicket at the start, and they bowled quite well but once I got myself in, I picked my targets, and the parts of the ground where I could take advantage of that.”
Queensland were always behind the eight-ball. Their target was adjusted to 380 from 44 overs after subsequent rain breaks and Sam Heazlett took up the challenge and led a thrilling attack and raced to 93 off 59 balls before being stumped off Lloyd Pope's wrong ‘un. The visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals thereafter despite half-centuries for Matthew Renshaw and Michael Neser. Both Pope and Brendan Doggett finished with four wickets apiece.
Brief scores: South Australia 391/8 in 48 overs (Travis Head 230, Jake Weatherald 97; Gurinder Sandhu 4-73) beat Queensland 312 in 40.3 overs (Sam Heazlett 93, Michael Neser 55; Brendan Doggett 4-75, Lloyd Pope 4-78) by 67 runs (DLS Method)