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Nightmare pitch turns into a dream

02/12/2004 07:10:41 PM Comments (0)

Nathan Bracken took 7-4 and the pitch looked like a nightmare. Phil Jaques made an unbeaten 154 and it looked like a dream.

All during one bizarre day of Pura Cup cricket at the SCG where the Blues were humiliating South Australia in the most comprehensive fashion.

SA captain Graham Manou won the toss after morning rain and chose to bat under overcast skies.

He was regretting that decision 80 minutes later as he sat with his players in a funereal visitors' dressing room with a grand total of just 29 runs on the board.

Twenty-nine runs, all out.

It was the second lowest score in the history of the Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup competitions.

It was the second quickest innings in terms of balls faced (89).

It was ridiculously poor given the wicket was nothing terrifying. It was downright embarrassing for players whose faces ended up as red as their caps.

Bracken's effort was the most economical all-time seven-wicket haul by a New South Welshman.

It eclipsed the 7-12 recorded by Keith Miller in 1955/56 after the late allrounder had overestimated the opposition by telling his field to 'scatter' for his first ball.

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