Cameron White steers Vics to three-in-three before querying Ryobi Cup format

Cameron White’s unbeaten 82 from 126-balls saw Victoria maintain their unblemished record with a third Ryobi Cup win. They beat New South Wales by two wickets with 25 balls to spare to cement their place at the top of the table.

Cameron White at a training session at the Ade...

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White, who now has back-to-back man of the match awards after notching 86 against South Australia last time out, hit 12 fours and a six as he steered the Vics home. Along the way he shared a stand of 110 with skipper Matthew Wade (50) as they recovered from 5 for two chasing 172 to win.

No other Victorian batsman scored more than 13 and it had been a similar tale for New South Wales whose innings of 171 for nine relied heavily on Ben Rohrer’s unbeaten 63 and Steve Smith’s 47. The Vics opening attack of John Hastings (2 for 29) and Scott Boland (3 for 42) did the damage.

The Ryobi Cup format has already been criticised by Tasmania captain George Bailey, but White added his name to the doubters criticising the slow and unreliable Bankstown pitches. He also suggested that staging the one-day competition in a few weeks of October followed by Sheffield Shield matches in November and December risked bowlers breaking down before the Big Bash League which immediately follows.

“I’m enjoying it from the point of view that Victoria are three wins from as many games,” White said. “But I’m not sure about the tournament to be totally honest, six games isn’t a lot, but I understand the scheduling is a fine balance these days.

“Off the top of my head, I haven’t got any better ideas at the moment. It’s interesting to see how this format’s going to work once it’s done and dusted in a couple of weeks’ time.

“You create extra space in the draw by playing this at the start of the season but then you still play six four-day games before 12 December.

“That to me is a lot of cricket in a short space of time if you’re a fast bowler. That’ll be interesting to see where teams are at with their depth when you have a week off before BBL starts.”

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Victoria 3 3 0 0 0 12 +0.397
New South Wales 2 1 1 0 0 5 +0.662
South Australia 1 0 1 0 0 0 -0.294
Tasmania 2 0 2 0 0 0 -1.035

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