NSW v Victoria, Ryobi Cup, North Sydney Oval November 18, 2012

Finch, Hussey set up big Victoria win

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Victoria 4 for 352 (Hussey 140*, Finch 140) beat New South Wales 350 (Smith 92, Henry 61, Boland 4-85, Herrick 3-82) by 6 wickets

David Hussey and Aaron Finch both blasted centuries to set up the biggest successful chase in Australian one-day domestic history against New South Wales at North Sydney Oval. Finch made 140 off 124 balls and Hussey ended up unbeaten on 140 from 82 deliveries as the Bushrangers overhauled the Blues' total of 350 with 20 balls to spare.

The previous highest chase was also at North Sydney Oval in the corresponding game between the same sides last summer, when New South Wales chased 318 to beat Victoria. On that occasion it was Daniel Smith who stunned Victoria, but this time it was a pair of batsmen, Finch and Hussey, who destroyed New South Wales.

Finch gave Victoria a brisk start and he and Hussey put on 156 for the third wicket in 20 overs. Finch plundered ten sixes and Hussey cleared the boundary eight times, and he brought up his hundred from his 61st delivery in a Steven Smith over that cost New South Wales 25 runs.

The small boundaries at North Sydney proved insufficient to contain the Victorians and New South Wales were left to regret a slightly slow start to their innings in which both openers, Scott Henry and Brad Haddin, scored at less than a run a ball. Sean Abbott was promoted to No.3 and slammed 40 from 16 balls before Smith lifted the tempo with 92 from 68 balls, as the Blues were dismissed for 350 in the 50th over.

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  • Andrew on November 20, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    @Lewis_of_Macksville on (November 18 2012, 12:23 PM GMT) - my original reply didn't get thru for some reason. Anyways, regarding Quinney, have a look at his overall List A stats, the ave & S/R combined is awesome. @Dashgar on (November 18 2012, 12:51 PM GMT) - I think Finch should take over Warner's T20 spot without question & he should be blooded this year in the ODI side.

  • Tim on November 20, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    @Lewis, Hussey averages over 50 in all First Class due to runs in England. Not good enough. Phil Hughes averaging 35 in county is a different story though?

  • Stuart on November 19, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    David Hussey's record for Victoria: 90 matches, 6290 runs, Average 45.91, 37 50's and 17 100's.

  • Stuart on November 19, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Full credit to Finch and Hussey, but I watched that innings and the bowlers had no chance under those conditions. This was a sit on the good ball and swing at anything even slightly up there game, not a true test of a batsman's temperament. If Finch gets an ODI spot he deserves it since he's scored consistently in the Ryobi Cup. Alex Ross' 64 for SA is arguably the best dig of the week, as the bowlers had a chance at the WACA and bowled well, and Ross rescued his side from a dire situation. Also, the shot he got out to would easily have been 6 at North Sydney.

  • Lewis on November 18, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    @PFEL well said mate, runs in county for D Hussey make his average seems alot higher then it should be and as you mentioned in the 90s runs in county were alot easier to score, he hasn't scored much runs in shield where its harder to score and where it counts

  • John on November 18, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Seven different NSW players hit a six in the innings. Does anyone know if this is some sort of record?

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    It's amazing that Marcus North was not only selected in the Test side, but stayed there as long as he did, when David Hussey had a 20 run better average with both bat and ball. It shows just how poor Hilditch was Chairman of Selectors and underlines the old adage that when there is a South Australian in that position a Victorian has to be twice as good to get a cap.

  • Jason on November 18, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Haha. Wouldn't Warriors love Dave Hussey right now. Despite the field size still an amazing effort by him and Finch. Shame he'll never play Test cricket his record in shield cricket over the last 8 seasons I would have thought warranted a chance, especially over North, Steve Smith

  • Tim on November 18, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Agree Meety. Finch is completely dominating the Ryobi Cup. His One Day average is now over 40 and he's hit two centuries this year. Got to be a spot for him in the ODI XI for Australia this summer either as an opener or a middle order hitter. He's a gun in the field too.

  • Travis on November 18, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    The fact that David Hussey will end his career without having been given a Test cap is a sore indictment on the Aussie selectors of the last five or so years.

    He has just as much long-term potential as Rob Quiney. It's a travesty, pure and simple.

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