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The NSW Blues and Sydney Thunder rookiescored 38 runs from 20 deliveries as pressure mounted late in the chaseand hehelped steer the Ponting XII to a five-wicket victory against the Gilchrist XII on the last ball of the game.
Ina Cricket pathways fixture featuring the country’s best under-17 and under-19 talent from recent national championships, the elegant right-handerstayed cool, calm and collected along with Austin Waugh, son of former Test captain Steve, despite playing opponents two years their senior.
They featured in a 64-run fourth-wicket partnership inside the space of eight overs, surviving a hat-trick attempt at 3-79 midway through the second innings.
Both struck impressive sixes along the way, Sangha’s over mid-wicket intothe Member’s Pavilion and Waugh’s a tennis-like swat beyondcover towards the Brewongle Stand.
Showing both poise and power Sangha was eventually out in the 18thover and Waugh (27) shortly after witheight runs required and three balls remaining.
After a costly wide Will Sutherland, son of CA chief executive officer James, muscled the last two deliveries to the off-side boundary which saw the Ponting XII finish 5-169 in reply to the 3-165 posted by the Gilchrist XII.
“You dream about those moments all the time,” Sangha said.
“I was only hitting balls down at the park on Sunday with my mate Joe Hart and we said sixballs to go and 20 runs to get. So you try and hit as many sixes as you can.
“As a player you thrive on that and want to be part of it.”
It was Sangha’sthird time out in the middle at Moore Park, following on from an under-14 city-country clash between Newcastle and Manly a few seasons back and a recent showing for the SCG XI.
This one included a visit from n cricket legend Adam Gilchrist.
“He [Gilchrist]passed on a bit of his knowledge and how to go about it all,” Sangha said.
“He basically said these Cricket pathways are great opportunities, which weren’t necessarily around when he was a junior, and to make the most of it.”
Earlier this month Sangha made 290 runs atan average of 48.3, includinga highest score of 93 and a final win, representingaCricket XIat the Under-19 National Championships in Adelaide.
In October he made his List A debut in the Matador Cup, the national senior domestic one-day competition, when called up late to a different Cricket XI.
“I’ve learned a lot of stuff from each team I’ve played in this summer,” Sangha said.
“TheMatador Cup was a great experience, a real eye opener and a taste of professional cricket.
“The recent one with the CA boys was also good and we had amazing coaching staff.”
The Year 12 student at Waverley College now turns his attention to the Big Bash League and most immediately the Sydney Thunder’s showdown at home with the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday night.He then trains with NSWfor the rest of the Sheffield Shield campaign and returnsto Randwick-Petersham in the Sydney first grade competition.
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