South Africa A v Australia A, tri-series, Pretoria

Marsh, Coulter-Nile star in high-scoring chase

The Report by Firdose Moonda

August 6, 2013

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Australia A 296 for 7 (Marsh 136*, Coulter-Nile 62, Finch 62) beat South Africa A 295 for 8 (R Hendricks 75, Ontong 71, Henriques 4-61) by 3 wickets

Shaun Marsh drives on the off side during his hundred, South Africa A v Australia A, tri-series, Pretoria, August 6, 2013
Shaun Marsh struck an unbeaten hundred in Australia A's strong chase © Getty Images

Australia A claimed first points in the tri-angular series against South Africa A and India A in a high-scoring chase. After conceding heavily on a flat wicket, Australia A may have had some concerns but Shaun Marsh batted through their innings, survived a middle-order wobble and shared a 133-run seventh-wicket stand with Nathan Coulter-Nile to ensure Australia A chased 297 with an over to spare. 

South Africa A started well. Knights' team-mates Rilee Rossouw and Reeza Hendricks scored 11 boundaries in the first 10 overs and posted 79 after 15 before the first wicket fell. Rossouw became the first of Moises Henriques' quartet of scalps. Hendricks was joined by another franchise colleague, Dean Elgar, and the pair put on 47 runs for the second wicket. 

Hendricks looked set to bring up triple figures but was dismissed on 75, leaving it to the middle order to build on the foundation. Justin Ontong took over from there and put on small stands with all the rest, including 57 with Vaughn van Jaarsveld for fourth wicket, but was prevented from launching by Glenn Maxwell who held up his end well. Ontong was dismissed off the last ball of the innings but South Africa A's bowlers would still have felt they had enough to defend. 

Aaron Finch and Marsh had other ideas. They scored at eight runs an over for the first nine and their opening stand was worth 111. Just as South Africa A would have thought it was getting away from them, they struck five times in the next ten overs to swing the advantage their way. 

Kyle Abbott accounted for Alex Doolan and Nic Maddinson while Beuran Hendricks also struck twice to leave Australia A at 150 for 6 in the 31st over. And that was where South Africa A's attack would have looked to the clubhouse and wished they could have asked Makhaya Ntini, who was visiting to watch his neighbour Ayabulela Gqamane play, to show them how to nip out a tail. 

Marsh and Coulter-Nile were unstoppable and by the time the latter was dismissed, Australia A needed 13 runs off 17 balls to win. Heartening for South Africa A will be the return of Rusty Theron from a stress fracture. He went wicketless in his nine overs but went for under six runs an over.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

ZCF Outkast - heres the stats for you - Bodibe averages 26/21/21 in the three formats at a poor strike rate, Mosethle averages 24/19/6 in the three formats at poor strike rates, Thami average 29/21/23 at poor strike rates, Vilas averages 43/30/43 and much better strike rates, De Kock averages 55/30/33 at better strike rates, AB is rated the number one batsmen in the world need I say more. Unless you adjusting for PDI quotas theres no logic to your selections. Gqamane and Bavuma definitely derserve a place based on the stats and are therefore in the side. The good thing about cricket is that numbers don't lie. Tsotsobe is in because he can do the job and not because he is of colour. Move on from the past will ya! (stats from ESPNCRICINFO - check it out.)

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Aussies seem to struggle against spin like SA. Perhaps we should add Harmer to the squad since he already has their number from the last game. The run of the mill pace attack isnt working. India A's part time spinners just pulled off a heist against Australia A.

Posted by yoogi on (August 8, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Should have invited Ireland to make it more interesting.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Where can we get live telecast of all these nice matches ?

Posted by   on (August 7, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Marsh,Paine(Backup for Haddin),Maddinson into the test squad.Please.Somebody get rid of Matt Wade.For Christs sakes.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Marktc - Thami can't even make the lions one-day team and is a poor finisher. Vilas topped the ram slam t20 stats last year - check it out. At number 6 we need a finisher not a test player.

Posted by Marktc on (August 7, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

ZCF, your argument would hold more water had Abbott not taken two wickets and Gqamane none. I am not saying Gqamane should not ave played, as I agree with his being in the team, but don't knock Abbott who had a better return,

Also, I fail to see where De Kock is the cronic failure as he has not really had a decent run at top level. Where I do agree, is Thami should be keeping in the A side.

Posted by Matt. on (August 7, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

It's a crying shame that Marsh can't get his first class mojo going. He obviously has so much talent, but he has only produced it once in the first class arena. His test debut against Sri Lanka was amazing

Posted by Shaggy076 on (August 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Cant work out what goes through the mind of batsman, Finch and Marsh have been abysmal in first class cricket but as soon as they play a short form game against good oppostion they become outstanding players. These two blokes are exceptional at the one-day game but so mediocre at the longer version. Is it mental or technique? And if it is a technique problem surely you could get these blokes out in one-day cricket.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (August 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Why is Shaun Marsh so good at limited overs cricket??? His FC average stinks! Yet his list A and t20 averages are great.

Posted by tuggah on (August 7, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

way to go marshy, counting on u to be back in ODI team touring India in Oct

Posted by   on (August 6, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

Shaun Marsh - great talent but why oh why can't he transfer those skills to the longer format of the game? His first-class average is atrocious!

Posted by Thefakebook on (August 6, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Again the bowling allrounder saved the nothing new here mates.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (August 6, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

You Beauty Marsh! ..Really good Inning by Marsh! For Coulter-Nile you also played very well. I always feel SMarsh should always be in Ausies team. He is a great talent. I have seen some breath taking inning by Marsh. Ok he is not good for Test but for Odi and T20 format i always rank him very much high. Finch is also good player. Rest of batsman including Maxwell are very ordinary. Nevertheless very good win by Aus A. I was searching live streaming for this match but it not so. Thx cricinfo for provinding all little infromation.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (August 6, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Gqamane finally gets a run. Question is why didn't he get the new ball? Were it not for Marchant's untimely injury, I doubt he would've played. That Rusty&Abbott batted ahead of him is shocking!

With AB&the chronic failure Kock in the Proteas, Thami should be keeping ahead of Vilas. If not Thami, then Tumelo Bodibe or Mangaliso Mosehle! What's the logic in lengthening the wk transformation pecking order to 3 in the shortest forms where it's more comfortable to implement. Considering how pathetic the Proteas have been there should be no excuses going forward.

What's wrong with you CSA? Are you serious about making things happen or will you continue spitting in our faces? That's unacceptable! There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why Gqamane, Tsolekile&Bavuma shouldnt be featuring simultaneously in each&every single innings of the FC&ListA legs.

I understand Rusty&RVD's need to prove themselves again, but Ontong, Elgar&Abbott should not have been part of these squads to begin with!

Posted by DylanBrah on (August 6, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

Well done Shaun Marsh and Coulter-Nile!!!

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