Australia A v England Lions, 3rd unofficial ODI, Hobart February 22, 2013

Australia A clinch series with big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia A 6 for 256 (Ferguson 65, Finch 57, Rohrer 43) beat England Lions 143 (Taylor 78*, McDermott 3-32) by 113 runs

A solid top-order batting, led by half-centuries from Aaron Finch and Callum Ferguson, and an all-round bowling effort led Australia A to a series-clinching, 113-run win against England Lions in Hobart.

After being put in to bat, Australia A openers, Peter Handscomb and Finch, put on 66 runs to give them a positive start. Two wickets fell quickly, then, before Ferguson added 82 runs for the fourth wicket with Rohrer, and 51 runs with wicketkeeper Tim Paine, pushing the score beyond 250. For the Lions, Simon Kerrigan was the most productive bowler, taking 2 for 27 off his ten overs.

In reply, the Lions were two down for 27 in the ninth over. Their captain James Taylor kept them in the hunt with a 67-run stand with Gary Ballance, but a collapse ensued after Ballance was out in the 23rd over. Seamer Alister McDermott took three wickets and spinner Cameron Boyce took a couple, to leave the Lions struggling at 112 for 8 in the 31st over.

Taylor, however, remained unbeaten for 78, as his team were bowled out for 143.