CRICKET: A record-breaking partnership between South African century makers* Faf du Plessis and David Miller set up a 40-run win over Australia in Hobart yesterday, clinching* the one-day international series.
The Proteas’* huge total of 5-320 proved out of reach for Australia on Sunday night despite a determined 106 from Shaun Marsh.
Marsh restored the Australian innings in a century stand with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (63) after Australia were left wobbling at 3-39 in the 11th over. But when he fell in the 42nd over, his side’s chances slid with him.
Alex Carey (42) and Glenn Maxwell (35) tried to keep the run rate going, but didn’t connect often enough as Australia finished on 9-280.
“It’s always nice to score a hundred for your country. Disappointing that we couldn’t get over the line at the end,” Marsh said.
SOCCER: Melbourne Victory have delivered a big victory and sent a warning to all other A-League teams after thrashing Central Coast 4-1 at AAMI Park.
The champions were on fire from the kickoff on Sunday night, with Keisuke Honda, James Troisi and Corey Brown scoring in a stunning first-half display. Mario Shabow’s first professional goal gave the Mariners something on an otherwise sorry night, before debutant Josh Hope rounded out the scoring for Victory.
TENNIS: Alex de Minaur has claimed the biggest payout of his career despite losing the Next Gen Finals’ decider to Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.
De Minaur’s unbeaten run came an end with a 4-2 1-4 3-4 (3-5) 3-4 (3-5) loss to world No. 15 Ttisipas.
De Minaur, 19, earned $429,000 for the event, which is only for players aged 21-and-under and is decided on a Fast4 format.
De Minaur finishes the season ranked No 31 and Australia’s No 1 male ahead of John Millman (33), Nick Kyrgios (37) and Matt Ebden (41).
century makers: batsmen who scored 100 or more
the Proteas: nickname for South African side
debutant: first-time player
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