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July 29, 2014
Australia A 4 for 349 (Hughes 202*, Henriques 90) beat South Africa A 201 (Behardien 67, Richardson 4-45) by 148 runs
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Phillip Hughes became the first Australian player to score a List A double-century, a six from the last ball of Australia A's innings blasting him past the previous record set by David Warner. Hughes finished unbeaten on 202 and set up a crushing 148-run victory for Australia A over South Africa A in their quadrangular one-day series match in Darwin.
For 12 years, the now national coach Darren Lehmann held the record for the best one-day score by a male Australian player, for his 191 for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire in 2001. That record was bettered last summer by Warner, who crunched 197 for New South Wales against Victoria in a Ryobi Cup match at North Sydney Oval. Now, Hughes has lifted the mark again.
He struck 18 fours and six sixes during his 151-ball innings, including several unconventional tennis-style slaps down the ground from slower-ball bouncers, as well as the off-side slashes that are typical of Hughes. His second hundred came from 47 deliveries and remarkably it took him only 18 balls to move from 149 to 202, his double-century coming with a hook for six off Beuran Hendricks.
Hughes walked off with the 15th double-century ever scored in List A cricket, and the first in Australia. He also ensured that he will be firmly in the thoughts of the national selectors when they choose the squad for the upcoming triangular series in Zimbabwe, especially given that Warner will be rested for that trip. Hughes has not played an ODI since last November's tour of India.
He had combined with Moises Henriques (90) for a 220-run partnership that rescued Australia A from a slightly precarious 3 for 46, after Mthokozisi Shezi picked up a pair of early wickets, and their final total was an impressive 4 for 349.
The target was always going to be a major challenge for the South Africans and regular wickets prevented them gaining any real momentum. Farhaan Behardien (67) was the only South African to manage a half-century and Kane Richardson's 4 for 45 ensured Australia A were able to knock over the visitors for 201.
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