Gal­lant county fall short of up­set vic­tory

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -


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.

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