New South Wales Blues seamer and NSW Metro captain Sean Abbott, together with Australian Under 19 World Cup player Param Uppal, have taken four wickets each during the final innings against South Australia to complete a decisive 102-run victory in the Toyota Futures League.
Blues rookie Uppal was the leading contender for player of the match at Adelaide Oval No. 2. His 4-70 from 16 overs of off-spin, coupled with a marvelous knock of 133 in the first innings, were pivotal to the imposing win.
Abbott returned best figures for NSW Metro of 4-65, as South Australia was bowled out for 343. The skipper also showed some sound judgment by deciding to declare at 5/237 late on day three with a lead of 445 runs.
The innings of 133 from 241 balls was the first century Uppal has made for NSW at any level of cricket. It included 14 fours and three sixes.
Uppal’s ton and a six-wicket haul to Harry Conway (6-30) in the first innings set the foundation for a dominant performance.
Nineteen-year-old Uppal also claimed a handy 1-15 in the first innings.
Like his Under 19 World Cup team mate, all-rounder Jack Edwards also performed admirably for NSW Metro. He claimed 2-54 in the final innings to make it three scalps for the match, and was equally as good with bat in hand, as he struck 80 from 74 balls.
His 133-run partnership with opener Daniel Solway (93) was key to increasing the lead for NSW Metro in its second innings.
South Australia resumed on the final morning at 2/82 and showed fight right throughout the day, but in the end the mountain was just too steep a climb.
Opener Conor McInerney (72), Patrick Page Jnr (69) and Luke Robins (68) all showed determination and resistance for the home side.
Robins was a solid all-round performer for South Australia. He also collected five wickets for the match.
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