Finch goes berserk in Cup blitz
Aaron Finch has gone berserk in Victoria’s Marsh Cup win over Queensland on Tuesday, slogging his highest ever List A score.
The Australian Opener made light work of Queensland’s 304-run total, bashing his way to an unbeaten 188 from just 151 balls as Victoria secured a nine-wicket win with 34 balls remaining.
Finch smashed his own previous personal record total of 154 in the 50-over competition and then went about jumping Ben Dunk and Travis Head into outright second on the list of most sixes hit in one innings in the history of the competition.
Finch smashed the Kookaburra over the rope 14 times in his explosive innings. He guided Victoria past the required total to 1/305 with his 14th maximum of the match, taking him past Dunk (13) and Head (12). Only D’Arcy Short’s impossible record of 23 sixes in one innings stands better than Finch’s demolition at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.
He also jumped Cameron White to have the new highest score ever produced by a Victorian in the 50-over format.
Aaron Finch was in a class of his own.Source:AAP
Finch’s knock was described as “one of the great innings” by Fox Cricket commentator Tom Morris.
Finch was capably helped by Marcus Harris (61 from 75) and Sam Harper (44 from 44).
Queensland’s 304 never looked like being enough, despite Usman Khawaja’s 112 from 125 balls.
Queensland collapsed late in its innings, falling from 2/253 to be 6/302 in the final over.
Finch’s impressive knock stole all the headlines.
Aaron Finch 163* with Victoria needing another 40 win from the last 10 overs. His 20th and highest List A century. #VicvQld— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) October 1, 2019
Decided to kill three spare hours by popping into junction oval - good call, aaron #finch in full flight has been spectacular. 125 off 96 and still going strong. Few better to watch when he’s in this form. #MarshCup— ron reed (@reedrw) October 1, 2019
Aaron Finch taking the piss. Up to 142* off 108 with 11 sixes.— Darren Parkin (@Darren_Parkin) October 1, 2019
Meanwhile, South Australia secured a bonus point win over Tasmania in Adelaide with Alex Carey producing fireworks late in the Redbacks’ chase.
Tasmania finished 5/275 from its 50 overs with Caleb Jewell knocking 104 from 117 balls.
However, South Australia reached the total after just 38.4 overs to record an eight-wicket win.
Carey finished 80 not out from 52 balls while Head was also unbeaten on 80 from 99 balls.