Blues snatch top spot with bonus point win

NEW SOUTH WALES has jumped to top spot on the One-Day Cup ladder after beating former pole sitter and defending champion Western Australia at the WACA yesterday. The five-wicket bonus point victory was completed with over 17 overs to spare, proving comprehensive in the stifling Perth heat.

Blues captain Moises Henriques sent the Warriors in to bat and it proved a wise call, with the home side quickly collapsing to 3-15. Recently crowned Domestic Player of the Year Cameron Bancroft (32) played a lone hand in the top order, but even he was felled by Player of the Match Jack Edwards (3-14).

Number six D’Arcy Short chimed in with a much-needed 47 as wickets fell around him, while Andrew Tye’s contribution of 31 helped bring the miserly total past 150. The innings came to a halt after 39.1 overs with just 161 runs for the Warriors to defend on home turf.

In response, Daniel Hughes was the man to pivot New South Wales’ chase, notching a game-high 52 runs before being the last Blue dismissed. He fell to Tye with 30 runs still required, which was made light work by unbeaten batters Matthew Gilkes (17 off 22) and Chris Green (16 off 15).

The match marked the return of the One-Day Cup competition, which has only five regular season fixtures left to play out before the final on February 25. The top two teams will qualify, with New South Wales (4-2) sitting pretty in first, a bonus point ahead of Western Australia.

Both teams will play once more each, set to feature in a triple-header of games on February 14. The Blues will take on Victoria at North Sydney Oval, while WA faces Tasmania away in hopes of keeping its title defence alive.


RESULT: NSW def. WA by 5 wickets with 106 balls remaining.
POTM: Jack Edwards (New South Wales)
TOSS: NSW won the toss & elected to bowl.

Western Australia 10-161 (39.1)
D’Arcy Short 47 (53), Cameron Bancroft 32 (52), Andrew Tye 31 (25)
Jack Edwards 3-14 (8), Will Salzmann 3-18 (3.1), Chris Green 2-23 (4)

New South Wales 5-163 (32.2)
Daniel Hughes 52 (83), Oliver Davies 38 (34), Matthew Gilkes 17* (22)
Cameron Gannon 2-24 (8), Andrew Tye 2-42 (5), Ashton Agar 1-40 (8.2)

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