South clean sweeps North with 3-0 win

 . Last updated on March 22, 2017, 3:07 PM
South clean sweeps North with 3-0 win
20 years old spinner mason Crane was the match winner for South.


In the last match of North-South series, the South has toppled the North with a clean sweep of the series. The team won all the three matches nicking the series by 3-0. Leg spinner Mason Crane came up as the match winner. The match was affected by rare desert rain and the was restricted to 40 overs per side. The match started about four hours late.

As North captain, Keaton Jennings decided to bowl first, the South batsmen were sent in to the pitch. South totaled 228 runs for 8 wickets batting first, which the North could not scale up. The team however had a headstrong start with the openers steering the inning to fast. Chasing, North reach 146 for 2 wickets with Ben Duckett, Sam Hain and Liam Livingstone. The latter two posed a partnership of 67 runs in the stretch.

The team was strongly chasing until Crane cracked up his spells. He disrupted the batting line up knocking off four wickets in 10 balls. North players could take only a single run in the slog. Crane has been playing with New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield. The 20 years old player is the from Hampshire and is the first player from overseas to represent New South Wales. Crane bowled Hain, Joe Clarke and removed Jack Leaning at the go. In the next over, he removed Livingstone. Livingstone was stumped by Bean Foakes.

In the previous inning, an ending impetus was from Roland-Jones, who scored 43 off 24 balls. In bowling front, Mark Wood knocked two wickets for 38 runs returning from an ankle injury. Josh Poysden and Graeme White, on North’s side were the troubles for batsmen. The former took three wickets while giving out 38 runs. On the other hand, White removed the crucial wicket of James Vince and Bell-Drummond. Prior to the match there were substantial changes in both the team due to injury issues, but the result did not make much differences.

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