Western Australia v New South Wales, Ryobi Cup, Sydney October 13, 2013

Smith guides NSW to victory

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New South Wales 5 for 234 (Smith 73*) beat Western Australia 8 for 233 (North 51, Sandhu 3-66) by five wickets

New South Wales strolled to their second victory in the Ryobi One Day Cup, beating Western Australia by five wickets. The star was their captain Steven Smith, who scored his second fifty in three games to help NSW reach their 234-run target 48.5 overs.

Western Australia opted to bat and had a solid start but they lost wickets in clusters to be restricted to 8 for 233. Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris added 46 runs in their opening stand, and Marcus North and John Rogers added 51 but the side didn't have any other substantial stands. Gurinder Sandhu was the most successful NSW bowler, picking 3 for 66, and Josh Hazlewood returned tidy figures of 1 for 25 off 10 overs.

In reply Smith, leading NSW for the second time in the tournament, anchored the side's chase, scoring 73 off 108 balls at No. 3. He came in to bat in the 12th over and stayed till the end, adding useful partnerships with Nic Maddinson and Sean Abbott. Maddinson, who joined the team shortly after arriving from the T20 international in India, struck a 38-ball 32 and added 53 runs with Smith, while Abbott was involved in an unbeaten 85 run-stand that secured the win for NSW.

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  • Peter on October 14, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    @Simoc. Just FYI, O'Keefe has never been a major contributor in the shorter format, a simple check of statistics would have showed you that just like they would have showed you his outstanding efforts at first class level. I read & post in these forums a lot & not once have I ever read anyone mention he is great, just that he deserved a place ahead of many selected a head of him. BTW, I am a current playing cricketer & reckon I know a good cricketer when I see one & he is one very talented cricketer.

  • Simon on October 14, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    So what has happened to the most backed non event Steven O'Keefe. We hear so frequently from know alls what a great cricketer, no doubt the best in Australia but for the Oz selectors. Not even in the NSW team. What a surprise to those non-cricketers.

  • Peter on October 14, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    This season, I am really impressed with the high standard of play in the Ryobi Cup. There have been some outstanding performances to date. Smith's dedication to improve himself as a cricketer is really paying off. Hazelwood is coming along nicely, good to know he is also there for the future. The pitch didn't favour spin, but hopefully Agar is learning in his development.

  • Hamish on October 13, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Hazlewood's getting better and better - with him staying injury free I think we'll finally see him reaching his potential. Was talked up as the big thing after his u19 performances but has been disappointing for NSW as a whole - especially in FC. Hopefully he starts the Shield well and stays injury free. Sandhu too is really impressive, and I can't imagine him not getting a call up soon.

    Smith is probably Clarke's replacement captain, so hopefully he can continue leading NSW and keep scoring. His form has been very promising, especially as the other half century he made was in tough conditions

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