Travis Head smashed the second-highest List A rating by an Australian batter © Getty
Travis Head smashed the second-highest List A rating by an Australian batter as South Australia beat Queensland to finish their winless drought in One-Day Cup encounter on the Karen Rolton Oval on Wednesday (October 13).
Head hit 230 off simply 127 balls, an innings that was studded with 28 fours and eight sixes, to energy the hosts to 391 for 8 in 48 overs, a complete that proved to be unsurmountable for Queensland regardless of two recalibrations owing to rain interruptions.
Head final performed an ODI for Australia in November 2018 and misplaced his central contract after losing his place within the Test aspect final summer season. He had a middling stint with Sussex that progressively improved via the white-ball legs, however nothing that will have ready Queensland for the carnage that was unleashed on them.
The South Australian captain joined Jake Weatherald within the fourth over of the innings after electing to bat on the toss. The pair went on to place 244 for the second wicket with Weatherald scoring 97 off 103. Head stored swinging for the fences, reaching his double hundred off 114 balls, his second century coming off simply 49 deliveries. Head’s strike-rate of 181.1 can be the best for a century rating within the historical past of the One-Day Cup.
Head had his fortuitous moments alongside the best way when as many as thrice, on 63, 186 and 222, he was caught on the boundary earlier than the fielders needed to flick the ball inside to keep away from carrying it over the ropes whereas overbalancing. He was finally dismissed by Michael Neser, falling in the course of a mini-collapse that noticed South Australia lose 6 for 41. Notwithstanding that late wobble, that they had amassed 391 in 48 overs, the sixth highest rating within the One-Day Cup historical past.
“I took my chances at the start, and got off to a quick start which always helps,” Head stated. “I moved into the ball really well, and was probably a bit keen to get into the game having a couple of weeks out of it since the last Shield game. There was probably a little bit in the wicket at the start, and they bowled quite well but once I got myself in, I picked my targets, and the parts of the ground where I could take advantage of that.”
Queensland had been at all times behind the eight-ball. Their goal was adjusted to 380 from 44 overs after subsequent rain breaks and Sam Heazlett took up the problem and led an exciting assault and raced to 93 off 59 balls earlier than being stumped off Lloyd Pope’s incorrect ‘un. The guests stored losing wickets at common intervals thereafter regardless of half-centuries for Matthew Renshaw and Michael Neser. Both Pope and Brendan Doggett completed with 4 wickets apiece.
Brief scores: South Australia 391/8 in 48 overs (Travis Head 230, Jake Weatherald 97; Gurinder Sandhu 4-73) beat Queensland 312 in 40.3 overs (Sam Heazlett 93, Michael Neser 55; Brendan Doggett 4-75, Lloyd Pope 4-78) by 67 runs (DLS Method)