GB take Transplant one-day honours
Great Britain responded to Australia’s victory in the Transplant Ashes by winning the one-day international between the sides by 75 runs.
Following the tourists’ eight-wicket win at Tynemouth Cricket Club the previous week to retain the David Hookes Memorial Shield, the sides met at Dulwich CC last Wednesday in a one-off 45-over contest.
The South-London location was poignant given Hookes, after whom the Test prize is named, played there before becoming an Australia international. As at Tynemouth, his widow, Robyn, watched the game and addressed the players after.
GB were led by Mike Rice, returning from a foot injury that ruled him out of the Test. He won the toss and opted to bat first.
Heavy rain on the previous two days, that had put the game in some doubt, meant for a slow outfield but GB overcame this with clever batting and hard running.
Rice’s decision paid dividends as the hosts wracked up 254 all out in 44 overs thanks to strong contributions from the top six. It would have been more had Jake Williams not cheaply accounted for the tail to finish with 5-27 from eight overs.
GB’s bowlers put Australia’s batsmen under pressure and were rewarded with regular breakthrough’s as number three Steve Arthy’s 68 was the only score of note. The tourists were dismissed for 179 in the 44th over.
The sides are due to meet again Down Under in a couple of years.
A full scorecard can be found here.