Former Australian quick Stuart Clark has taken aim at NSW rookie Ollie Davies after a costly dismissal in the Marsh One-Day Cup clash with Tasmania.
Set 9/258 to win after Tasmanian openers Ben McDermott and Caleb Jewell hit 68 and 70 respectively, NSW appeared in the box seat to claim victory.
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A century to David Warner set up the win but a late stumble made it interesting.
Clark, who was commentating the game, was full of praise for Tasmanian quick Riley Meredith, who played in his first international series in the recent T20s against New Zealand with impressive performances.
He’s also set to head to the Indian Premier League for the April 9 start, where he was picked up for $A1.4m by Kings XI Punjab in the IPL auction as he was in a bidding war from just 40 lakh ($A71k).
Clark said he “bowled with a big heart”, with figures of 1/44 off 10.
His only wicket was 20-year-old Ollie Davies, the exciting prospect who impressed during the Big Bash season.
But Clark wasn’t glowing as the New South Welshman having it as he was dismissed for 28 off 25 balls.
It was a premeditated shot with Davies trying to give himself some room, but Meredith followed him with a short ball with Tim Paine snagging the easiest of catches.
“That’s a disappointing shot by Ollie Davies,” Clark said.
“I know Ollie Davies has got a lot of potential. But if I’m a selector and I’m watching that, I just think he doesn’t care.
“I mean what’s that? That’s embarrassing. I’d be embarrassed if I was Ollie Davies. What’s he doing? That looks like I’m genuinely scared.”
Even his fellow commentators were stunned by the comments.
“I just don’t get if you’ve played three games and need 40 to win, you play a shot like that with 10 overs to go,” Clark added.
Brad Haddin said he’d play “devil’s advocate” asking: “What if he was told, play whatever shot you want Ollie and wrap this one up as quickly as possible and he’s just got himself tied up?”
But Clark wasn’t about to back down, replying: “Well that’s poor advice.”
“I’m just saying when I see young guys come into cricket … I think he’s quite a good player actually but I just look at that and I go ‘you’ve got a chance to make 45-50, you’ve just come into the team, be there when the game is won’,” he said. “Because people look at that, they respect that. I’m not a big fan of ‘I’ll get another go next week’, but that’s just the way the game is.”
It left NSW 4/219 with nine overs left but also sparked a collapse of 3/6 as Nick Larkin and Warner were quick to follow as NSW opened the door for a Tasmanian comeback at 6/225.
Clark wasn’t ready to let it go however,
“He shouldn’t be batting, because the bloke before him didn’t put any value on his wicket,” Clark said. “Larkin has paid the price, not to say that Davies had any reason to be blamed for this dismissal but it’s the part of the game that young cricketers need to learn. Don’t give in, don’t give someone else a go, make it happen.”
Haddin asked if it was a “reputation builder” for Davies, to which Clark added “I don’t think there would be a bowler around the country who would pitch it up to Ollie Davies”.
But skipper Pat Cummins came out, blasting 19 off 16 as NSW scraped home with a three wicket win with seven balls left.