NSW SpeedBlitz Blues batsman Scott Henry
With the Sydney Sixers departing for South Africa today and no cricket for the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues over the next month, the 2nd X1 match at Hurstville Oval against Western Australia took on a greater significance as players looked to press their case for selection later this season.
New South Wales had selected a side that contained seven players with First Class experience, and were a little surprised when the visitors won the toss and sent them in on a ground renowned for producing big scores.
The start was promising with both Hughes and Cruickshank looking in good touch before Hughes (21) perished to a ball that left him. Cruickshank, batting for the first time this season after a thumb injury, looked very comfortable, racing to 35 from 42 balls, before former team-mate Burt Cockley, who has moved to the West, trapped him lbw to leave the home side at 2-81.
Scott Henry and David Dawson, two of the neatest looking players, then added 134 in a superb partnership for the third wicket. Henry, who played and missed early on, settled down into his best form , driving the bowlers down the ground and it was only a lazy stroke that saw him depart for 104 from 141 balls, that included 18 fours.
Having gone to tea at 3-241, New South Wales then dominated the final session, with Dawson looking set for a hundred, before edging behind for 91 to leave Kurtis Patterson to take control. He took advantage of a tiring attack to dominate off the front foot, lofting the spinners over the top at will to reach his century just before stumps. He ended the day uneaten on 103 from 142 balls, with 15 fours and a six. He was well supported at the end by debutant Adam Semple from Randwick-Petersham who finished on 29 not out.
At stumps New South Wales were 4-395.