2022/23 Marsh Cup – Top Performers: Week one

THE Marsh One Day Cup is underway for season 2022/23, with the first batch of games taking place in the past seven days.

The first week of action saw Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania all claim wins to get their respective campaigns underway in fine fashion.

There were a number of standout performers in the first week of fashion, with quite a few players starting season 2022/23 with a bang, so Rookie Me Central is taking a look at the better outings we saw over the weekend.

Will Pucovski (VIC) vs. NSW

One of Australia’s brightest young prospects over the last few years, Pucovski’s true breakout has been prevented by concussion issues. However, he started his Marsh Cup season in reasonably strong fashion against the Blues. It was a composed, elegant knock from the opener, who managed to produce 64 runs from 75 balls. He did his best work conjuring singles and doubles, not finding the boundary as much as others would, but his ability to find the boundary was surgical.

Daniel Hughes (NSW) vs. VIC

Delivering the first ton of the season, Hughes could not be stopped on his way to 117 runs. He managed the score in just 128 balls, and played extremely well on the front foot. No matter what the Victorians threw at him, Hughes was able to cut through the opposition fielding setup and use his drive to either find the boundary or do some good work between the wickets.

Josh Philippe (W.A.) vs. VIC

Philippe was at his aggressive best against the Victorians, reaching the 100-run mark and helping steer his side to victory. Finishing bang on 100 runs, Philippe took just 96 balls to bring up triple-figures, punishing the likes of Todd Murphy for some sloppy deliveries. He combined well with teammate D’Arcy Short, who had 90 runs of his own as the Western Australians drove their side to a winning total.


Andrew Tye (W.A.) vs. VIC

While it was Philippe that managed to get the job done at the crease, Tye was equally as damaging with ball in hand. With Victoria batting first, Tye was able to dismiss a large chunk of the opposition’s middle order, all of whom have proven quite damaging in the past. Both Matt Short and Jake Fraser-McGurk were building towards big knocks before Tye was able to find the breakthrough wicket on his way to figures of 4/54 from 10 overs.

Ben Manenti (S.A.) vs. QLD

A damagaing performance all-around, Manenti did a bit of everything in his team’s triumph over Queensland. With bat in hand, Manenti exceeded expectations with a whopping 60 runs off just 45 deliveries, getting his side’s score to a defendable total despite coming in on the tail end of the batting order. He was just as important when it was South Australia’s time to bowl, claiming the crucial wicket of Usman Khawaja on his way to figures of 2/37 from 10 overs.

Caleb Jewell (TAS) vs. S.A.

Jewell was at his power hitting best against South Australia, reaching triple-figures and putting the Tasmanian batting order on his back. The opener was massive in Tassie’s first outing of the season, producing a whopping 20 fours across the course of the match and picking gaps in the field seemingly effortlessly. His final total of 126 runs from 97 deliveries was the best of anyone in the first week of play.

Tom Rogers (TAS) vs. S.A.

While it appeared no one could upstage Jewell in Tasmania’s win, Rogers had other ideas. The fast-medium bowler was as damaging as anyone to start the Marsh Cup, claiming a whopping five wickets from his 10 overs. He clean bowled the likes of Travis Head and Jake Weatherald, before drawing edges from Alex Carey and Manenti, before topping it all off by nailing Henry Thornton lbw to finish with figures of 5/32.

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