Domestic Cricket: Game 4 of the 2018 JLT One-Day Cup: South Australia v New South Wales at WACA Ground in Perth

South Australia has gone off to a great start having won the toss and bowl first at the WACA in Perth.

Chadd Sayers clipped the top off stump with the in-swinger dismissing Ryan Gibson for 2.

Not long later, Sayers gets his 2nd through a brilliant length and line straight.

Kurtis Patterson may have played a bit early having knicked to Alex Carey rather than trying to hit the covers for 4.

Moises Henriques went off to a great start flicking deep mid-wicket for four then down the ground for Six.

But a change of bowling strategy to Spin from South Australia saw Adam Zampa dismiss Moises Henriques for 16.

Zampa produced an extreme length beating the outside of Henriques’ bat & topped the middle stump.

Nick Larkin escaped the LBW the first time followed by a four from the leg-spin of Zampa.

But the third ball, Zampa has wrapped-up Larkin on 16 thanks to the catch from Tom Cooper at slip.

After an early Top order fall, things began to gel for NSW.

Daniel Hughes’s patient half-knock and Jack Edwards have lifted NSW in a 4th wicket, the 102-run partnership to 143.

There’s not much luck from the SA quicks in Kane Richardson, Cameron Valente & Chadd Sayers for a while.

But Joe Mennie provided the breakthrough as Edwards hits straight through shortish mid wicket to Tom Cooper.

J.Edwards tried to hit through cover going through the rope.

But it went a bit too early having knicked the shot & no full face of the bat, allowing it to go straight to T. Cooper’s hands.

Shame for Jack Edwards who scored another brilliant contribution of 42.

Jay Lenton looked unlucky hitting a straight shot & crashed the opposite stumps.

That’s where a direct hit on Daniel Hughes saw little time to protect his crease for 79.

With ten overs to go, Jay Lenton tries to go with the straight back down the ground.

But he misjudges the execution as Adam Zampa caught & bowled on both hands for 18.

Late contributions from the tail end of the NSW Batting order

Daniel Sams have quickly steered the chase in the batting for NSW.

But a swing and miss from Sams saw Valente hit the stumps, full toss for 30.

The same goes to Steven O’Keefe with a late contribution of the bat of 20 runs off 25 balls.

O’ Keefe tried to hit big out full but edged straight to Alex Carey from Kane Richardson.

And by the 49th over, Sean Abbott’s knick to Alex Carey’s 3rd catch ended New South Wales’s innings of 241.

2nd Innings

Alex Carey may have begun by expanding the width and a bit wide towards deep backward point on the back foot for 4.

But Sean Abbott swung the ball late through a brilliant jaffa as Carey mistimed his defense.

And with the ball hitting the stumps, Carey left early for 5.

Callum Ferguson and Jake Weatherald hit the ground running having reached double-figures.

Though, Ferguson’s innings ended on 15 when he knicked up high straight to Nick Larkin at 2nd slip.

It relieved some joy for NSW especially Mickey Edwards who got his first wicket.

After losing two early wickets, Jake Lehmann and Jake Weatherald steered SA around.

Weatherald joined by fellow left-hander Jake Lehmann have lifted their 3rd wicket partnership into the 100-mark for SA.

Thanks to patient & basics batting, Jake Weatherald gets his 50 after hitting through deep mid wicket for 4.

Weatherald’s well balanced with a good timer of the ball having whacked plenty of cover drives.

His hand-eye-coordination, staying tall and presenting the full face of the bat flows plenty of runs pretty well.

The same went with Jake Lehmann who followed Weatherald’s lead to his half-knock.

The two supported each other in keeping up the run rate and partnership intact which is a boost for SA.

Six fours and a couple of runs taking advantage of the freebies saw J.Lehmann becoming the 5th SA Skipper to score a 50 on debut in the Australian Domestic 50-Over Cup.

A few mistakes from NSW as South Australia moves towards their way on the run home.

For NSW, there’s sloppy fielding through the first of Daniel Sams a while ago.

Then goes another through an overthrow from Jack Edwards.

Unfortunately, D. Hughes and M.Edwards had a miscommunication at gully as it sailed past the rope for 4.

Having seen J.Lehmann-Weatherald guide SA to 200, they reached the record 3rd wicket partnership for SA at the WACA of 165.

Previously, Mark Cosgrove & Darren Lehmann held that mantle of 161 v WA on 25th January 2006.

Although, this fantastic 3rd wicket partnership now broken at 176 much to Mickey Edwards’s 2nd scalp.

Thanks to a catch of Sean Abbott at the deep square leg, But good innings though from Jake Lehmann on 87.

Having moved on, Jake Weatherald steered to his three-figure knock of 106 not out alone.

He’s a fantastic short ball hitter with a tremendous exponent of the pull and hooks shot of the ball.

It caused plenty of bowlers nightmare through the full and poor ball deliveries turning into vital boundaries.

A bright future ahead for an opener like Weatherald at 23 years old.

Tom Cooper wraps up South Australia’s win plus the bonus point through a straight drive for four.

FINAL SCORE: South Australia reach 3/245, beating New South Wales target of 241 by Seven Wickets.

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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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