Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Victoria eke out win in bad light-hit fixture in Melbourne. Will Pucovski cracked a fine fifty
Will Pucovski cracked a fine fifty
The One-Day Cup in Melbourne was off to a racy start as Victoria eked out a late, dramatic win against New South Wales in Melbourne in a game that was affected by rain and bad light. Just one ball before bad light forced the players off the field during the chase, Victoria, on 152 for 3 in 28.5 overs, were 3 runs behind on DLS method. Matthew Short then clubbed a Jason Sangha delivery for a six which proved to be decisive in the end as play didn't resume and Victoria nicked the game by 3 runs.
New South Wales were asked to bat first in the season opener, where their top-four combined to produce a solid batting effort. Captain Kurtis Patterson, Moises Henriques and Matthew Gilkes all produced stands alongside centurion Daniel Hughes, who finished with a fine knock of 117 off 128 deliveries – including 14 fours and 2 sixes. It helped push the side to 277 for 7 in 50 overs.
In response, Victoria went to 47 for 0 in the 10th over, when a rain break came along, forcing an interruption. When play resumed, Victoria were given a revised target of 226 from 37 overs. Though they lost Mackenzie Harvey in the 11th over, Will Pucovski led the way with a 75-ball 64 in the company of Marcus Harris, who scored a steady 41 off 43. Victoria lost both the set batters in quick succession, but Peter Handscomb and Short did just enough to take their side over the line.
Brief Scores: New South Wales 277/7 in 50 overs (Daniel Hughes 117, Matthew Gilkes 40; Todd Murphy 2-29, Jonathan Merlo 2-64) lost to Victoria 158/3 in 29 overs (Will Pucovski 64, Marcus Harris 41; Liam Hatcher 1-28, Mickey Edwards 1-20) by 3 runs (DLS Method)