The ongoing Unofficial Quadrangular One day series in Australia has gained significance with the Australian A Batsman, Phillip Hughes scored an unbeaten double ton in part of their game in the series against South Africa A at Marrara Oval, Darwin.
Australia A were put into by South Africa A soon the result was out from them as Australian A team fell to 46 for 3 by 13th over. But Hughes along withh Henriques led the fight for 4th wicket.
Hughes took eight balls for getting off the mark before scoring a four to open his account. He kept rotating strike maintaining a decent strike rate brought up his fifty with a six on 57th ball he faced. After his fifty he concentrated more on running runs as Henriques kept the board ticking. With a single in 39th over, Hughes brought up his fifty of 104 deliveries.
After the hundred he looked more dangerous as he started to hit at least a boundary every over. On other hand, Henriques departed after scoring 90 sharing a partnership of 220 in just 30.4 overs. Later Mitchell Marsh joined Hughes just to watch his partner runing through the opposition’s bowling.
With another 21 ball to go, Hughes crossed the 150 mark with a four of Rabada‘s bowling in just 132 balls. In 48th over of innings he took over Viljoen as he smashed a six and three fours extracting 20 runs in the over moving one to 177, hoping to get to double ton. With last over to be bowled, he was on 184 and was on strike.
The 50th over bowled by Viljoen began with couple of dots doubting the milestone of Hughes. But he smashed a Six of the third delivery and followed wth a two and boundary of next two setting himself on 196 with final ball reamining. The bowler bowled a No-Ball which was a dot, however Hughes smashed a Six of last legal ball completing his double ton. He brought up his double century in 151 deliveries which included 18 fours and 6 sixers.
This is first List A Double ton and also best score for a Australian Male Cricketer with previous highest been by David Warner‘s who scored 197 for New South Wales against Victoria, last year. However, the best List A score by a Australian stands on the name of Belinda Clarke, Australian womens cricketer who is also first ever cricketer on the world to score a ODI Double Century, holds the record with unbeaten 229 against Denmark at Mumbai in 1997.
Later a four-fer from Kane Richardson in the match ensured a 148 run victory for Australia A.