Bevan's unbeaten double century saves NSW's blushes

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2001, 2:52 [IST]
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Sydney: Michael Bevan produced a marathon nine-hour unbeaten innings of 203 to save New South Wales from outright defeat against Western Australia on a gripping final day on their Sheffield Shield cricket match on Monday.
Bevan's Blues held on for a fighting draw and retained second place in the competition. Bevan's third first-class double-century and equal highest score was complemented by a resolute 80 from Mark Higgs, who survived 252 minutes to deny the West Australians. The pair wiped out NSW's first innings deficit of 363 runs just before tea. Bevan, 31, became the highest scorer of first-class runs for NSW, eclipsing Alan Kippax's previous record of 8,005 runs. "It's pretty satisfying. I felt like I hit the ball well under a bit of pressure," Bevan said of the longest innings of his life. "It never felt like I was really in. I felt like I really had to work hard the entire time I was out there and battle away all the time - it was pretty tough given the situation."

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