The Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Southern Australia turned out to be a thriller. South Australia led by Alex Carey almost chased down the target of 345 runs in a high scoring encounter thanks to a valiant century from Calum Ferguson. Matt Kelly turned out to be the star for the opposition with the ball picking 6 wickets and helping his team win by 36 runs.
Batting first after winning the toss, Western Australia captained by Ashton Turner declared on 492/8 with Cameron Green making 126, Josh Inglis making 91 and additional half-centuries from Ashton Agar (65) and Marcus Stoinis (79), while Joel Paris contributed 49*. In reply, South Australia conjured up 353 runs with skipper Carey making 143 and contributions from Chadd Sayers (47) and Henry Hunt (36).
Ashton Agar’s flying catch makes news
In the second innings, Shaun Marsh slammed 102*, while Agar scored 45* in quick time to let Turner declare on 205/6 and setting up a target of 345 runs for South Australia to chase down. Their chase got off on a very wrong note as opener Henry Hunt was caught amazingly by Ashton Agar, off Matt Kelly for an 8-ball duck. Agar was in mid-air when he grasped the ball with a single hand.
Kelly bowled a full-length delivery which enticed the drive from the batsman. Henry Hunt played an expansive drive only for the ball to edge which was flying past Ashton Agar at point. But the all-rounder had other ideas as he perfectly timed his jump and pulled off a screamer with one hand.
Here’s the video:
OH MY WORD ASHTON AGAR!! He takes an absolute hanger at point 🤩👏
SA 1/1 chasing 344 – Hunt (🦆) is gone and Ferguson joins Weatherald at the crease.#WESTISBEST #SheffieldShield #WAvSA pic.twitter.com/w6MNhl2mjd
— WACA (@WACA_Cricket) December 2, 2019
Meanwhile, Agar was in news recently after sustaining a nasty injury to his head in a Marsh Cup match, at the hands of none other but his younger brother Wes. The incident had happened during Western Australia’s Marsh One-Day Cup clash against South Australia at Karen Rolton Oval on November 17.
Wes Agar hit Marcus Stoinis straight to his brother Ashton, who slipped while taking the catch, and the ball hit his face and caused a laceration on his nose. Ashton looked in immense pain and could not get up after suffering the blow and Wes Agar also immediately ran over to check on his brother. After receiving some treatment, Ashton walked off the field with blood all over his face and jersey.
UPDATE: Ashton Agar confirmed to have suffered a laceration to the bridge of his nose after an eventful duel with his brother Wes in the #MarshCup https://t.co/RDqDvOTLx0
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 17, 2019
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