An assured 87 from Ryan Gibson wasn’t enough for a NSW XI who were defeated by 52 runs by the England Lions in a Limited Overs match at Drummoyne Oval on Tuesday.
Gibson’s 87 was the highest score of the match and came off just 81 balls featuring 5 fours and 5 sixes.
After NSW XI captain Gibson won the toss and elected to bowl, the Lions made good early progress in humid conditions.
Each of the Lions’ top four were able to make starts but were unable to convert those starts into big scores.
Will Jacks (48), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (37), Sam Hain (39) and Dan Lawrence (41) all threatened to put the game out of reach for NSW, but regular wickets kept the hosts in the game.
Some big hitting from Lewis Gregory (55 from 34 balls) helped the visitors push their total towards the 300 mark, finishing with 9-293 from 50 overs.
Left arm seamer Greg West was the leading wicket taker for NSW with 3-58 while spinner Ben Manenti claimed 2-50. All-rounder Daniel Sams continued his strong white ball form taking an economical 1-36 from 8 overs, while Arjun Nair claimed a miserly 1-36 from 9 overs.
Batting at number three, Gibson came to the crease with his side 1-10 after Hayden Kerr fell for a duck.
Jack Edwards (30), Nick Bertus (24) and Ryan Hackney (14) all got themselves in but were also unable to convert.
Nathan McAndrew (23) and Manenti (22) mounted a lower order counter-attack but NSW would eventually run out of wickets, bowled out for 241 in the 43rd. over.
Former NSW Blue Mason Crane was the pick of the bowlers for England Lions claiming 3-56 from 9 overs, with Lewis Gregory (2-17), Henry Brookes (2-31) and Richard Gleeson (2-31) the other multiple wicket takers.