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November 18, 2012
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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