CRICKET: NSW cricketer Ollie Davies has created history at the national under-19 cricket championships by slamming a record-setting double century* against Northern Territory, including a perfect six sixes from one over.
After the Metro captain lost the toss at Adelaide’s Glandore Oval yesterday, everything else fell into place for Davies who hit 207 off just 115 deliveries as NSW powered to 4-406 from their 50 overs.
The 18-year-old also cracked a tournament-record 17 sixes, with six of those coming off spinner Jack Jones in the 40th over.
“After the first two sixes I had in the back of my head I’d like to try and give it a crack and it came off,” said Davies, who also struck 14 boundaries.
It is the first time a double century has been scored since the tournament was staged in a one-day format.
AFL: The Tigers are back on track and, most pleasingly for Richmond fans, so is a fit-looking Dustin Martin.
Richmond’s senior players yesterday joined the club’s younger teammates officially for the first time this pre-season, with Martin a standout* on the track as he pushed himself during the long, tough session.
Tigers captain Trent Cotchin said Martin had returned in top shape.
“He looks good, he’s really excited to be back. He actually came back last week to do a session with the boys a little bit earlier,’’ Cotchin said.
Cotchin said he had come to terms with the Tigers’ shock finals exit to Collingwood.
“It’s the power of acceptance — it was what it was and there’s not much I can do about it now,” the Richmond skipper said when asked whether he had spent the off-season stewing* over the 39-point defeat to the Magpies in the preliminary final.
“We didn’t play really well on that night and Collingwood played exceptionally well.”
CRICKET: Australian cricket vice-captain Josh Hazelwood has sent out a challenge to India ahead of Thursday’s first Test match — prove you are not just a one-man team under top batsman Virat Kohli.
Led by the world’s most feared run-maker Kohli, India come into the hotly anticipated series as favourites to break a 71-year drought and win on Australian soil for the very first time.
But Hazelwood has put pressure back on the other Indian batsmen.
“They toured England and South Africa and it was only Virat who stood out. A lot of the others haven’t scored too many of the runs” Hazelwood said.
No. 3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara averages just 33.50 in Australia with zero hundreds, while opener Lokesh Rahul and bereran Rohit Sharma have also struggled with average around 30.
- double century: 200 runs or more
- standout: something very good
- stewing: get worked up or angry over
- What was Ollie Davis’s final score?
- Which of the Richmond players returned to training track yesterday?
- How long since India have won a Test series on Australian soil?
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