NSW defeated South Australia by 54 runs in their Round Two Limited Overs fixture at the U/17 Male National Championships in Hobart yesterday (December 11), with opener Daniel Arahu scoring a fine century.
The game saw the English Dukes cricket ball used as Australian cricket attempts to offer more exposure to a ball that players will be expected to face in future years.
Bowling first, South Australia extracted some early movement which made life difficult for the NSW opening batsmen, Daniel Arahu and Zachary Churchill. After successfully negotiating a tough first few overs, the pair compiled a patient 48 run partnership before Churchill was out for 22.
Thomas Jagot and Arahu continued to make steady progress. They got the team to 1-104 in the 28th over before starting to accelerate. Jagot was dismissed for 48 with the score on 137, bringing to an end an 89 run second wicket stand.
NSW captain, Jake Doran, and Arahu then combined for a 110 run stand. Arahu was the main aggressor in the partnership, smashing the ball to all parts of the ground on his way to 119 from 131 balls.
Doran was content to provide the support, compiling a smart 30 off 36 balls as NSW finished their 50 overs with an imposing 6-285 on the board.
South Australia had the perfect start to their chase. Making the most of some short bowling from the NSW quicks, their openers piled on 172 runs for the first wicket.
NSW kept pushing one another in the field, and the fall of the first wicket allowed them to apply more pressure to the new batsmen through improved line and length. As a result, the final nine South Australian wickets fell for just 62 runs with James Shepherd taking three wickets, Ben Chapman two, and Daniel Fallins and Kyle Brockley snaring one each.
The victory was NSW’s second of the tournament after accounting for Tasmania in Round One. Today is a rest day in the tournament with NSW playing Victoria in a Two Day match starting on Thursday (December 13).