Current Match Report – Victoria vs South Aust seventeenth Match 2023/24

Victoria 234 for 7 (Rogers 67, Maddinson 54, Buckingham 3-36) beat South Australia 231 for 9 (Nielsen 61, Conway 43*, O’Neill 3-38) by three wickets

Jake Fraser-McGurk was despatched packing early as Victoria rocketed to prime spot on the One-Day Cup desk with a three-wicket win over South Australia at Junction Oval.

Chasing 232 for victory on Thursday, Victoria reached the goal with 35 balls to spare courtesy of stable knocks from Tom Rogers (67), Nic Maddinson (54) and Marcus Harris (43).

The win catapulted Victoria from third to first on the desk forward of the ultimate spherical of the season, nevertheless they missed the prospect for what may show a vital bonus, dropping 5 for 41 of their chase for it earlier than getting over the road.

Victoria tackle second-placed NSW of their closing match, with each side aiming to lock in a spot within the February 25 decider. Defending champions Western Australia, one level behind NSW and 4 factors behind Victoria, are the one different group able to snaring a spot within the closing.

South Australia stay final with 5 losses and a no end result from their six matches.

Including to their woes was a suspected damaged nostril to opener Henry Hunt, who was struck flush within the face after dropping a catch whereas fielding at mid-off.

Hunt had blood streaming from his nostril after his tried catch at mid-off from a robust Rogers shot. As Hunt was falling to floor, the ball slipped by means of his palms and struck him flush on the nostril, with blood instantly gushing out.

Staff-mates rushed to Hunt’s help, with Rogers additionally displaying his concern. After receiving some on-field therapy, Hunt walked off with a towel protecting his nostril to comprise the blood and went to hospital for scans

South Australia recovered from 132 for 7 to succeed in a defendable 231 for 9 after being despatched in to bat. Peter Siddle snared the primary wicket of the day when Hunt edged by means of to the keeper with an tried hook.

5 balls later, X-factor Fraser-McGurk departed for six after dancing down the wicket and putting the spectacular Fergus O’Neill straight to cowl. It got here simply two days after Fraser-McGurk cracked 41 off 18 balls for Australia towards West Indies.

Nathan McSweeney and debutant Jake Winter helped the Redbacks transfer from 19 for two to 81 for two. However when each had been caught behind in fast succession, South Australia had been in bother once more at 85 for 4.

Conway additionally supplied one of many highlights of the match with a juggling catch on the boundary to dismiss Peter Handscomb for 17.

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