New South Wales Blues fast bowlers, Liam Hatcher and Harry Conway, have shown resilience and grit with the bat to save the match for NSW Metro against South Australia on the fourth and final day of the round two Toyota Futures League fixture at Karen Rolton Oval.
Hatcher (37 not out) and Conway (12 not out) survived the last 19 overs of the final day in Adelaide to pull off a miracle draw. The visitors needed 355 to win or survive a minimum of 78 overs and, from 9/213 at the end of the 59th over, the No. 10 and 11 batsmen respectively found a way to stumps.
NSW Metro finished the day 9/243 after 78 overs.
Hatcher survived 76 balls and spent more than an hour and a half at the crease. While Conway survived 54 balls and 77 minutes in the centre to seal the draw.
The heroics of Hatcher capped off a terrific match for the Blues’ quick. He claimed 4-64 in the second innings and finished the game with five scalps.
Hatcher also made a brisk 30 from 41 balls in the first innings to couple his efforts on the final day.
Opening batsman Daniel Solway top-scored for NSW Metro and fell just ten runs shy of his second Futures League century in as many matches. He made 90 from 159 balls including 11 fours.
South Australia earlier declared at 9/307 after it resumed day four at 4/211 leading by 258 runs.
Bradley Davis was 94 not out overnight for South Australia and went on to make his second century of the match. He made 132 from 123 deliveries as the hosts pushed for a result.
Conway (1-49) and fellow Blues’ seamer Charlie Stobo (1-70), as well as Sydney Thunder off-spinner Chris Green (1-53), all joined Hatcher in the wickets column during the second innings.
NSW Metro needed to maintain a run rate of four and a half runs per over to win the match on the fourth day.
Despite a good run rate throughout the chase, the visitors lost consistent wickets which ultimately put victory out of reach.
Apart from Solway, no other NSW Metro batsman was able to gain sufficient momentum to go on and make a big score like the opener did. The next best score for the visitors was Hatcher.
David Grant (5-61) claimed best figures for South Australia in the second innings.
Final scorecard here: https://bit.ly/2PBg1OS