ONE of Nathan Lyon’s overs went 4, 6, 6, 4, 6, 6, today — and Mitchell Starc was also smacked out of the park.
HURSTVILLE Oval in Sydney’s southwest doesn’t provide the greatest protection for bowlers — and Nathan Lyon found out the hard way in NSW’s JLT Cup game against South Australia today.
The man known in Australian cricket as the GOAT made a fine start to his day by removing Callum Ferguson and Tom Cooper in back-to-back balls to reach figures of 2/28 from five overs.
But by the end of the Redbacks’ innings, Lyon’s tally would read 2/88 from nine overs as 25-year-old middle order batsman Alex Ross absolutely went to town.
Ross took 32 runs from Lyon’s eighth over — going four, six, six, four, six, six — in a remarkable display of hitting.
He started the annihilation by sweeping hard past deep square leg. Two slogs over mid-wicket in back-to-back deliveries put the pressure on the spinner and after a boundary through extra cover, Ross went down town for another six. He completed the over with another maximum over deep mid-wicket in what would become a final total of 110 runs from 85 balls — including seven sixes and seven fours.
Lyon wasn’t the only NSW bowler to feel the fury of a Redbacks batting line-up that also featured fine knocks from openers Alex Carey (60 runs from 55 balls) and Jake Weatherald (103 from 114).
Harry Conway (0/77 from 10 overs), Sean Abbott (3/59 from 10 overs) and Mickey Edwards (0/48 from 10 overs) also struggled to contain the SA hitting, while Mitchell Starc — who normally dominates at this level — could only manage 1/55 from his 10.
South Australia finished at 6/346 from its 50 overs, setting NSW a serious chase this evening.