Nic Maddinson scores half century in JLT Cup one-day opener

Big hit: Nic Maddinson in action in the Sheffield Shield in Wollongong last season. He made 68 for Victoria in a one-dayer on Sunday. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Big hit: Nic Maddinson in action in the Sheffield Shield in Wollongong last season. He made 68 for Victoria in a one-dayer on Sunday. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

They are a Test discards, but Glenn Maxwell and Warilla and Shoalhaven junior Nic Maddinson combined to save Victoria in their opening one-day domestic competition match in Townsville. 

Maxwell was left out of the Australian squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan, while Maddinson missed out on a Sheffield Shield contract, after leaving NSW at the end of the last season. 

Offered a one-day lifeline by Victoria, Maddinson and Maxwell helped them respond from 4-66 in the 14th over to help them towards 240 from 48.3 overs. 

Maxwell made 80, while Maddinson was 68 off 82 balls, as part of a 101-run partnership. It proved to be enough, as Queensland slumped to 7-104 and 8-145, only for Matthew Swepson to hit 77 off 78 to launch the Bulls’ fightback. 

Swepson, who claimed Maddinson’s wicket earlier, was the last one to fall with Queensland 14 runs short of victory, when they still had 19 balls left. 

Maddinson played three Tests for Australia in the 2016-17, but was cast aside after managing 27 runs in four innings, including a duck in the day-night match against South Africa in Adelaide. 

He returned to play Shield cricket for NSW, including at North Dalton Park, where he made 87 and 34 in the Blues 36-run outright loss to Queensland last season. 

Queensland’s Marcus Labuschagne was selected in the Australian squad for the Pakistan series, having scored a match-defining 134 in the second innings of the match against NSW in Wollongong. 

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