Things are pretty quiet in the lead up to Christmas but yesterday did provide a dramatic finish to the match between Tasmania and NSW at the SCG. All three fans at the ground expressed their delight and satisfaction with value for money.
The match finished a draw, with the scores tied!! Having dismissed Tasmania for 315 in the second dig, NSW needed 176 from just 22 overs. They made 175 (at a run rate of 7.95 per over) and missed out on the much needed points for outright. Match highlights were 5 first innings wickets to Brett Lee, 216 from Michael “Never to Play Test Cricket Again” Bevan in the NSW first innings and 157 from Shane Watson, continuing his fine season. Simon Katich was in the wickets again with four second innings successes. Steve Waugh did not play in the match.
Across the Tasman, just when it seemed that the match had been killed by rain, NZ have slumped to 7/68 – which has injected some unexpected life into the match. The Kiwis are 168 runs in front with 47 overs to play. If the Pakis can take the last three wickets quickly, they are in with a good chance of a victory on the back of a slog-fest.
Meanwhile at the WACA, Victoria have dished out a fearful hiding to WA, beating them by an innings and 158 runs (and the Victorian “innings” suffered just three losses). WA was without Langer, Martyn and Gilchrist (so I imagine that the Test stars were given this game off). The Victorian scorecard looked more like my Visa statement (but with less lines) with Elliot making 182, Moss 172 not out and Hussey (the other Hussey) 160 not out. Oh dear.
Most likely next release will be some time after Boxing Day.
Happy Christmas everyone.