Finch and Hussey help smash cricket record
DAVID Hussey and Aaron Finch gave Australian selectors a timely reminder of their batting prowess as Victoria pulled off the biggest run chase in Australian domestic one-day history to beat NSW by six wickets in the Ryobi Cup at North Sydney Oval.
Set 351 to win, the Bushrangers reached their target with 20 balls to spare thanks mainly to Finch who smashed 140 and Hussey, who was unbeaten on the same score.
It easily surpasses the previous best total chased down in interstate matches when the Blues reeled in 318 in the corresponding fixture 12 months ago.
NSW's total of 350 was the fifth-highest recorded in the first innings of a domestic one-dayer.
Finch was caught in the deep going for his 11th six in an innings of pure power.
Hussey too cleared the rope eight times in his innings of 140 not out off 82 balls to seal the win with 20 balls remaining.
For NSW Another eyeing a possible return for his country - Steve Smith - smashed 92 off 68 balls after opener Scott Henry had hit 61 before youngster Sean Abbott clubbed 40 off 16 balls.