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Recent Match Report – NSW vs Victoria 1st Match 2020/21


Ollie Davies marked his debut with a 35-ball half-century while Cummins put in an impressive all-round display

New South Wales 9 for 318 (Smith 127, Davies 57) beat Victoria 259 (Short 67, Pattinson 54, Cummins 3-38) by 59 runs

A masterful century from Steven Smith, a sparkling debut from Ollie Davies and a fine all-round display from new captain Pat Cummins propelled New South Wales to a convincing victory in the opening match of the Marsh Cup against Victoria.

The home side struggled in the early stages of their innings having been put into bat at North Sydney Oval when Cummins lost his first toss with both openers falling for single figures. However, from 4 for 73 after 20 overs they added a further 245, the innings first brought to life by Davies’ 35-ball half-century then finished off in style by Smith who struck 76 off his last 47 deliveries and Cummins who swung his way to 49 off 30 before adding three wickets.

“I was pretty relaxed,” Cummins said 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, came from 115 balls and in total he struck six sixes to equal the most he had hit in a one-day innings. His last two came in consecutive deliveries off James Pattinson, the first of them clearing the ground over deep midwicket to carry the total past 300.

However, it was debutant Davies, who had briefly shown his talent in the BBL with Sydney Thunder, who initially revived the innings with a superb counterattacking display. After starting with a couple of punchy drives, he responded to Victoria’s attempt to bowl short – which included having a short leg in place – by twice pulling Xavier Crone over the leg side for six.

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