Shaun Marsh scored an unbeaten 136 off 137 balls to lead Australia A to a three-wicket victory in the opening match of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) triangular series at the TUKS Oval in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Marsh, who batted out the Australian innings is pleased to see a return to his batting form after failing to make an impact during the four-day Test series that took place over the last two weeks.
“It’s good to finally get some runs after the dry spell over the last two four-day games,” he said. “I’ve trained really hard over the last few days and it was nice to go out there and get a few runs.”
South Africa posted 295/8 after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Reeza Hendricks and Justin Ontong top scored with 75 and 71 respectively.
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Rilee Rossouw and Vaughan van Jaarsveld chipped in with 40 and 38 respectively but it was Moises Henriques did the most damage with the ball, taking four wickets for 61 in nine overs to stem the runs from flowing freely at crucial times.
In reply, Aaron Finch and Marsh gave their side a solid start, sharing a 111-run partnership before the former was removed by Roelof van der Merwe for 62.
Kyle Abbott struck twice, removing Alex Doolan and the in-form Nic Maddinson for naught and 14 respectively.
Van der Merwe took his second wicket when he removed Henriques for one in the 26th over, followed quickly by Tim Paine (3) and Glenn Maxwell (3) who were both dismissed by Beuran Hendricks in the 29th and 31st overs.
It was the 133-run partnership between Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile that revitalized the Australian innings and sent them on a cruising path to victory before the latter was run out by Rusty Theron for 62 in the 48th over.
All Josh Hazelwood (3) had to do was keep his wicket intact and allowed Marsh to lead the side to victory.
Ontong is a disappointed skipper today, he said: “In the batting department, I thought there were too many soft dismissals.
In a one-day game if a guy gets 80 to 100, that would set his team up well, we didn’t do that.”
“I was really happy with the total, I thought it was defendable, but a few mistakes in the fielding cost us. The first Power Play set us back; we gave away too many boundaries.
I’m really disappointed about how the game went, a few mistakes cost us but I’m confident that once we’ve worked off those kinks at practice we will be ready to face India,” he concluded.
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First Posted 07 August, 2013 5:53AM AEDT