Tuesday 11 December 2007 

Symonds Blasts Half-Century As Australia Crush Kiwis

Australia 186-6 (Symonds 85no, Clarke 33, Gillespie 2-39) v
New Zealand 132 (Oram 66no, Noffke 3-18)
Australia won the Twenty20 International by 54 runs

Andrew Symonds bludgeoned 85 runs from 46 balls as Australia scored a comprehensive 54-run win over New Zealand in the Twenty20 International in Perth, with debutant Ashley Noffke taking three wickets.

Chasing 187 to win, New Zealand lost Lou Vincent first ball, caught by Adam Gilchrist off of Brett Lee with Gilchrist claiming three further catches as Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson picked up wickets in pairs.

Only Scott Styris (18), Brendon McCullum (14) and Jacob Oram (66 not out) made double figure scores, as Oram showed the rest of his side what was required by smashing six sixes in a blistering half-century of his own.

Unfortunately, he came in too late to influence the result, needing only 31 balls to make his runs. Noffke, who had earlier removed Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills, ended the game by bowling Jeetan Patel to ensure his debut was a memorable one.

The other debutant was Western Australia's Luke Pomersbach, who was drafted in as a late replacement for Brad Hodge, who suffered an injury in the dressing room prior to the match, but it was Symonds who stole the show, although he injured an ankle while fielding, placing his participation in the Chappell-Hadlee series in some doubt.

He hit seven fours and three sixes as Australia overcame a sluggish start, losing Adam Gilchrist for one, going on to accelerate powerfully once Symonds, captain Michael Clarke (33), Mike Hussey (22) and Adam Voges (26) got going.

Daniel Vettori returned the excellent figures of 1 for 24 from his four overs while Mark Gillespie and Jeetan Patel took a brace of wickets but proved expensive.

Pomersbach, who had only gone to the ground to watch the game before his call-up, hit one huge six in making a swift 15 while Noffke was run out without facing a delivery but he was to make his mark with the ball later on.

© Cricket World 2007


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