Jack Edwards, Sean Abbott anchor NSW to One-Day title

New South Wales lifted the Australia domestic One-Day Cup after beating Western Australia in the final by 102 runs in Sydney on Sunday. 

Chasing 252 in 50 overs, the Western Australian side were bundled out for 149 runs after Sean Abbott returned with a four-for while Nathan Lyon picked up a three-wicket haul. Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc also bagged a couple of wickets during the course. 

The Mitchell Marsh-led side didn’t start off the proceedings well and lost some early wickets to be left tottering at 85/4 before getting bowled out for 149. Cameron Green top-scored with 36 for WA. 

Earlier, riding on a ton from Jack Edwards and a half-century from Daniel Hughes, the NSW team managed to score 251/8 in 50 overs. 

NSW began the innings well after Hughes and Matthew Gikes stitched a stand of 43 runs for the first wicket. But they soon lost a few wickets in quick succession to get reduced to 50/3 before Hughes joined hands with Edwards and the two steadied the ship for the side. 

Both the players put up a partnership of 118 runs for the fourth wicket before Hughes departed for 58. Edwards though went on to notch up a century after he scored 108. 

Jason Behrendorff was the pick of the bowlers for WA after he picked up three wickets for 46 runs in 10 overs. 

Edwards talked about his performance after the match and said that he was pretty relaxed while coming out to bat despite the side was in some spot of bother. 

"I had a feeling I was going to be playing with the Aussie guys away," said Edwards.  

"It was probably a little bit of a blessing that I hadn't played too many games (this season) because I just felt like I was coming out and just batting. I felt pretty relaxed out there,” he added.

"I'm still reasonably inexperienced at this level so just getting to play was great. Even with those games I wasn’t playing, I was around the group and watching how they went about setting up an innings,” he said. 

This is NSW-based teams’ third title win in the year and if they go on to lift the Sheffield Shield this year, the tally would rise to four.

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