Australia ~~A~~ wins over South African Blues
Published: Saturday, April 5, 2003, 1:40 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
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Brisbane: Australia's next wave of top cricketers continued South Africa's Blues in One-day Internationals on Friday with a comfortable 65-run win by Australia 'A' at the Gabba. Playing the first game of its seven-match Australian tour, South Africa 'A' never got into stride thanks to the twin challenges of rain and a feisty Australian performance in the field. Chasing the Australia 'A' total of 212 from 50 overs, the visitors were bundled out for 106 after being set a revised target of 171 from 30 overs following a two-hour rain delay. The Duckworth-Lewis method, which caused the South African World Cup campaign so much grief last month, was again a feature of the loss, although the damage was done to its innings before the rain appeared. Victorian pace bowler Shane Harwood was named man-of-the-match with his 29 not out and figures of 1-8 from four overs providing Australia 'A' with a winning edge. Australia 'A' shared its wickets around with World Cup squad member Nathan Hauritz claiming 3-33 from 5.1 overs and pace bowler Stuart Clark making the early breakthroughs to take 2-13 from six overs. NSW batsman Michael Clarke celebrated his call-up to the Australian tour of the West Indies replacing injured Damien Martyn earlier in the day by showcasing his versatility, taking 2-14 with his left-arm spinners. For South Africa 'A', captain Gerald Dros top scored with 21 but it was otherwise an uninspiring performance by the tourists, which had five players with either Test or One-day International experience in its ranks. The two teams next play a One-day match in Canberra on Sunday.