Gallant county fall short of upset victory
GALLANT Gloucestershire gave Australia A an almighty scare in their final one-day tour match before going down by nine runs at Bristol.
Centuries to Travis Head (138) and Will Pucovski (137) combined for a 267-run secondwicket stand to power Australia A to an imposing 353-3 from 50 overs having won the toss and elected to bat.
In reply, Gloucestershire struck 33 fours and 10 sixes against an undisciplined bowling performance from tourists.
After half-centuries by James Bracey (71 from 65 balls), Chris Dent (42 from 28) and Ian Cockbain (53 from 56) laid a solid foundation for the chase, Ben Howell (64 from 37) and Ryan Higgins (55 not out) almost pulled off the upset.
Needing 105 from the final 60 balls, Gloucestershire looked on track at 5-319 at the end of the 46th over with Howell at the crease.
in the first game on Sunday, a classy all-round display from Mitchell Marsh helped Australia A to a comfortable win.
Marsh took three wickets and peeled off an unbeaten halfcentury as Australia A cruised to Gloucestershire’s underwhelming target with 47 balls to spare.
Pucovski made 51 and shared a 101-run third-wicket partnership with ex-gloucestershire batsman Peter Handscomb who top scored with 57. Chris Liddle also picked up the wickets of Handscomb and Travis Head.
Marsh finished the job with ease as he hit five sixes in his unbeaten 51-ball 53.
This followed his three-wicket haul as he took the opening wicket of the morning as Ben Charlesworth fell for 14 and then returned to make the key breakthrough picking George Hankins after a 142-run stand with Bracey.
Hankins made 74 while Bracey top-scored with 83, but the innings fell away after Bracey’s dismissal in the 39th over.