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Spirited century from Shaun Marsh not enough to stop South Africa winning ODI series

Staff writers, November 12, 2018 7:06AM News Corp Australia Network

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Australian batsman Shaun Marsh on his way to scoring a century against South Africa. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralian batsman Shaun Marsh on his way to scoring a century against South Africa. Picture: AFP

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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.

Keisuke Honda of the Victory bursting past Storm Jack Clisby of the Mariners. Picture: AAP media_cameraKeisuke Honda of the Victory bursting past Storm Jack Clisby of the Mariners. Picture: AAP

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.

Australia's Alex De Minaur in the men's final of the Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralia’s Alex De Minaur in the men’s final of the Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan. Picture: AFP

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).

GLOSSARY

century makers: batsmen who scored 100 or more

clinching: grabbing

the Proteas: nickname for South African side

debutant: first-time player

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1. What score did century maker Shaun Marsh have for Australia?

2. Which debutant player scored for Victory?

3. How do organisers decide which players compete at the Next Gen tournament?

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