New South Wales Blues speedster Harry Conway and Sydney Thunder paceman Daniel Sams have both taken three wickets each in a resounding One-Day trial match victory against Queensland at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
The Blues defeated their hosts by six wickets after the NSW quicks dominated Queensland, who were dismissed for 152. NSW made 4/155, reaching the victory with more than 18 of the allotted 50 overs to spare.
Nick Larkin (32 not out) and Blues captain Peter Nevill (27 not out) were the two unbeaten men at the crease scoring at near to a run a ball to guide the Blues home.
Conway returned best figures for the Blues of 3-20 from seven overs, while left-arm quick Sams claimed 3-24 from his seven overs in promising signs for the squad heading towards their first JLT One-Day Cup match against Western Australia at the WACA on 18 September.
Along with Conway and Sams, Australian spearhead Mitchell Starc (2-25), Sean Abbott (1-31) and Trent Copeland (1-20) all featured in the wickets column for the Blues.
Starc got the ball rolling for the Blues and maintained his rhythm throughout his 8.4 overs. He snared the first wicket of 19 year-old Max Bryant (1) in the third over and, that was quickly followed by Sam Heazlett (20), who departed edging to Nevill behind the stumps off the bowling of Abbott.
The wickets continued to fall for the hosts as Sams cut a swathe in the Queensland middle order. He claimed the key scalps of Australian Test batsman Joe Burns (1) and Sam Truloff (2), as well as Bryce Street (36). Conway dismissed Queensland top-scorer Charlie Hemphrey (58).
In reply, Daniel Hughes fell second ball of the innings without scoring, but that failed to deter the Blues, as Ryan Gibson (28) and Moises Henriques (33) added 58 for the second wicket.
Despite the loss of another three wickets, the Blues cruised to victory. North Sydney batsman Justin Avendano made a handy 27 from 30 balls at No. 4.
The Blues play the second of their three trial matches in the Sunshine State on Thursday once again against Queensland.
Schedule of Matches (50 overs)
Thursday 6th September v. Queensland at Allan Border Field, 9:30am-5pm.
Sunday 9th September v. National Performance Squad at Allan Border Field, 9:30am-5pm.