It wasn’t sealed until late but New South Wales opened their account in the 2010/11 Big Bash tournament, New South Wales went into the game without their international players Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes but there was still a raft of experience in the lineup, including a pace battery of Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger and Stuart Clark, add with that Nathan Hauritz as one of the spinners, Dave Warner at the top with some good young talent thrown in, it’s a gun lineup.
That isn’t to talk down South Australia who competed in the Champions League last year, doing well, they had T20 superstar Kieran Pollard batting down at seven, which I thought was a mistake especially when noted lower order batsmen Dan Christian was batting at three. The bowling lineup went short on the pace but heavy on the variation with Adil Rashid, Nathan Lyon, Aaron O’Brien and Dan Christian but there is always the wild thing lurking for South Australia, making his return Shaun Tait.
New South Wales won the toss and Captain Stu decided to swing the willow first up. Dan Smith and David Warner, a new opening pairing for NSW proved to be a success being 0/70 off seven overs, with Smith doing all the hitting! SA hit back through their tweakers, with the debutant Lyon, showing why he had the wraps taking an impressive caught and bowled to remove Smith then get Maddinson who played all around it (Maddinson now has two ducks for only one delivery). They continued turning the screws, only allowing singles with Henriques forced to hit out and got caught, thanks to hitting from Rorher and Warner, New South Wales scraped to 5/168.
Could South Australia chase down the total against the blues international + Henriques bowling lineup, well they almost did thanks to Moises, who conceded 29 off one over to his nemesis and guy i’m sure he has nightmares about that Champions League knock Kieran Pollard but besides Pollard, no one in the Redbacks team, stuck around long enough. Klinger and Harris got off to a steady start but Stephen O’Keefe got rid of Klinger, Christian and Harris within two overs to nearly kill SA early, they kicked on but three wickets to Cap’n Stu and South Australia were in trouble and once Pollard was dismissed by specialist fielder Moises Henriques it was game set match NSW.
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