New South Wales Blues seamer Gurinder Sandhu has provided some vital late runs for NSW Metro on the first day of its Toyota Futures League match against Victoria at Blacktown International Sports Park No. 2.
At the close of play, Victoria was 1/37 in reply to 158 scored by NSW Metro. Eleven wickets fell during the 67 overs bowled on a rain interrupted day one.
The unbeaten batsmen at the crease are Victorian captain Eamon Vines (21 not out) and Matthew Short (1 not out). Blues paceman Charlie Stobo (1-14) has claimed the only wicket to fall thus far for Victoria.
Sandhu scored 47 not out from 55 balls for the hosts and was central to NSW Metro posting a competitive total.
It appeared there may be a risk that the home side may not even make triple figures when Wes Agar (4-39) claimed NSW Metro captain and Blues off-spinner Will Somerville (10) to leave the home side reeling at 7/87.
However, Sandhu managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Two significant partnerships with Australian Under 19 World Cup player Baxter Holt (15), and recent Sheffield Shield debutant, Daniel Fallins (5), added 32 and 39 runs respectively to recover the situation somewhat for NSW Metro.
Sandhu found the boundary six times in the important knock for his team.
The next best score for NSW Metro was Blues batsman Ryan Gibson (36), who was bowled by Agar.
Agar returned the most impressive figures for the Victorians. The next best was Australian Under 19 World Cup all-rounder Will Sutherland (3-36).
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