(Australia win by five wickets)
Ian Healy hit a four off the last ball of the first World Series final against Australia A in Melbourne yesterday to secure a thrilling victory for the seniors, for whom Michael Slater made 92.
Needing three from Greg Rowell's final over, Healy took a single off the second ball before Steve Waugh tied the scores with another single off the penultimate delivery. Then Healy hit out.
Michael Bevan made 73 as Australia A had reached 209 for 8 from their 50 overs after winning the toss. The second final is in Melbourne tomorrow, with a third match, if necessary, on the same ground on Thursday.
AUSTRALIA A G S Blewett b McDermott 19
M L Hayden c Slater b M Waugh 50
*D R Martyn c Taylor b Warne 20
M G Bevan b NcDermot 73
J L Langer b McDermott 7
R T Ponting b McGrath 19
P A Emery run out 4
G R Robertson c Taylor b McDermott 5
G Rowel not out 1
P McIntyre not out 1
Extras (b6 lb2 w1 nb1) 10
Total (for 8, 50 overs) 209
Fall: 1-28 2-69 3-105 4-136 5-192 6-196 7-203 8-203.
Did not bat: S P George.
Bowling: McDermott 10-1-25-4; Fleming 10-2-38-0; McGrath 10-1-44-1; Warne 10-2-37-1 (1w); Waugh 5-0-30-1 (1nb); Law 5-0-27-0.
AUSTRALIA M J Slater b Blewett 92
*M A Taylor b George 16
M E Waugh c Bevan b Blewett 16
D C Boon c Ponting b McIntyre 36
S R Waugh not out 21
S G Law st Emery b McIntyre 13
I A Healy not out 9
Extras (b2 lb2 w5 nb1) 10
Total (for 5, 50 overs) 213
Fall: 1-51 2-80 3-167 4-167 5-190.
Did not bat: S K Warne, C J McDermott, D W Fleming, G McGrath.
Bowling: Rowell 10-1-52-0; George 9-0-42-1 (4w); Blewett 10-2-25-2 (1nb); Robertson 10-0-35-0; McIntyre 10-0-48-2 (1w); Martyn 1-0-7-0.Reuse content