Stuart Clark slams Ollie Davies: The former Australian quick was severe on New South Wales batsman’s way of getting out at the Bellerive Oval.
During the ninth match of the ongoing season of the Marsh Cup between Tasmania and New South Wales in Hobart, New South Wales batsman Ollie Davies invited criticism after he literally gifted his wicket to Tasmania pacer Riley Meredith.
It all had happened on the fourth delivery of the 41st over when Davies played a nothing shot against a well-directed short delivery from Meredith. Davies, who initially appeared to make room for himself, had no answer to Meredith following him.
In the end, the right-hand batsman neither hit nor played a defensive shot as his casual effort resulted in him edging the ball to Tasmania wicket-keeper Tim Paine. Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 35th over, Davies played well for his 28 (25) but his team would have wanted him to finish the match alongside opening batsman David Warner.
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Opening the batting with wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Gilkes (17) in a 259-run chase, Warner top-scored for the visitors with his match-winning 108 (115) comprising of 10 fours.
Earlier, Tasmania had only managed to score 258/9 in 50 overs despite a 138-run opening stand between Ben McDermott (68) and Caleb Jewell (70) after visiting captain Pat Cummins won the toss and chose to field. With bowling figures of 10-0-50-4, Ben Dwarshuis was the pick of the bowlers for New South Wales.
Stuart Clark slams Ollie Davies for gifting away wicket in Marsh Cup 2021
Former Australia fast bowler Stuart Clark, who was calling the game when Davies walked back to the pavilion, didn’t shy away from severely criticizing the 20-year old player.
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“That’s a disappointing shot by Ollie Davies,” Clark said on commentary. “I know Ollie Davies has got a lot of potential. But if I’m a selector and I’m watching that, I just think he doesn’t care.
“I mean what’s that? That’s embarrassing. I’d be embarrassed if I was Ollie Davies. What’s he doing? That looks like I’m genuinely scared. I just don’t get if you’ve played three games and need 40 to win, you play a shot like that with 10 overs to go,” Clark added.
Davies, who had earned a lot of praise for his stint with Sydney Thunder in the latest season of the Big Bash League, is New South Wales’ third-highest run-scorer this season with his 125 runs in three innings coming at an average ans strike rate of 62.50 and 130.20 respectively.