October 3, 2022
Recent Match Report – NSW vs Victoria 1st Match 2022/23

Victoria Beats 3 for 158 (Pukovsky 64) new South Wales 7 for 277 (Hughes 117) by three runs (DLS method)

A brilliant half-century from batting prodigy Will Pucovski helped Victoria to a weather-affected One Day Cup victory against New South Wales in the first season of men’s domestic cricket in Melbourne.

Victoria middle-order batsman Matthew Short hit Jason Sangha for a six at long-on on the last ball of the 29th over, three runs behind the required run-rate, and the umpires immediately removed the players from the field due to poor lighting at the Junction Oval. ,

Daniel Hughes’s earlier heroics with the NSW opener made a scintillating 117 runs and extended his record for most ODI centuries for the Blues to eight.

Chasing NSW’s challenging 7 for 277, Victoria reached 0 for 47 in 9.2 overs as the home team, 13 overs late, set a revised target of 226 runs in 37 overs with just one run-a-ball. did.

Pukowski played an unmistakable 64 before taking a sharp catch behind the stumps of new wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes off Liam Hatcher.

Test opener Marcus Harris, batting at number 3, fell for 41 in the next over to leave Victoria – English county commitments due to quick-scoring Nick Maddinson missing the services – well behind the required run rate.

But Short and captain Peter Handscomb dismissed Victoria for 3 for 158.

NSW topped the day as Hughes quickly took control after the visitors were given their first use of the deck. Hughes found strong support from fellow openers Kurtis Patterson (30), Moises Henriques (35) and Gilkes (40).

In his 88th appearance, Henriques broke the record for most ODI appearances for NSW.

Hughes looked capable of scoring extensively but a remarkable catch behind the stumps from wicketkeeper Handscomb ended his knock in the 43rd over.

A series of late wickets slowed the Blues’ score slightly, with debutant all-rounder Will Salzmann contributing an unbeaten 21 off 14 balls in the final overs.

Inexperienced left-arm spinner Todd Murphy continued where he left off last season with a return of 10 overs of 2 for 29.

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