Australia has continued their strong form in the indoor arena on day four of the Masters World Series in South Africa.
The Over 30 ladies side continued to show they’re the team to beat dominating South Africa in the third test to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best of 5 series. Australian captain Donna Dalby led from the front with a fine display with both bat and ball, and was ably supported by teammates Briony Polkinghorne and Dulane Carson who was in some excellent wicket keeping form.
The Over 30 Men’s side are still undefeated after 8 games, and are looking strong after demolishing South Africa in the last time slot of the day Paul Bathman has been in scintillating form, taking 19 wickets for his country . The Over 35 Men’s team are the only Australian side to have been beaten so far and will be out to make amends in the re-match against South Africa on Thursday. Mark Hines has been brilliant in the field and proven to be more than a handful with the ball.
In the Over 40 Men’s division, Jay Jeha has shown he can be brutal with the bat, striking at an impressive 198 so far, the Over 40 Men’s side have set the pace from the get go and are the red-hot favourites heading into Friday and Saturday’s finals campaign.
Day four ended in emotional circumstances as legend of the game Andy Walton was given a standing ovation as he walked out to bat for the 100th time in his Indoor cricket career. Walton has now represented England on 89 occasions and Australia on 11 occasions in a wonderful career and a magnificent achievement for a true legend of the game. Australia managed to win the game for Andy in his 100th match and keep the Over 45 Men’s on track to achieve their mission.
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First Posted 24 October, 2013 3:12PM AEST