Larkin, Henry drive New South Wales ahead
New South Wales 230 and 4 for 319 (Larkin 130, Henry 107*) lead South Australia 293 by 256 runs
Nick Larkin and Scott Henry each scored a maiden first-class century that gave New South Wales a 256-run lead by stumps on the third day in Adelaide. At the close of play in the day-night game, Henry was unbeaten on 107 and had just lost his partner Daniel Hughes for 21, and the Blues had moved along to 4 for 319 having conceded a first-innings lead to South Australia.
Opener Larkin completed an outstanding match in just his second first-class appearance, adding 130 to his first-innings 78. Born in Taree in country New South Wales, Larkin has an Irish passport owing to his Dublin-born grandfather and has played one-day games for Ireland in July this year, but is now making his name for his home state.
He put on 77 with Ryan Carters for the first wicket before that stand ended with a brilliant catch by Chadd Sayers, who dived to his left at mid-on to give Adam Zampa his first wicket. Larkin was then joined by Henry, who has been well-regarded ever since scoring 207 for the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in a tour game against the Sri Lankans in December 2012.
However, that game did not have first-class status and it was not until this game, his 23rd first-class match, that he reached his first century. The day had started with the Redbacks on 9 for 290 and they added only three to their overnight total before Gurinder Sandhu finished the innings by collecting his fourth wicket.