Former Hervey Bay junior Nathan Hauritz bowls for New South Wales against the Cape Cobras from South Africa during their Champions League Twenty20 showdown in Chennai on Saturday. It was the first game the off-spinner had played in eight months.
Former Hervey Bay junior Nathan Hauritz bowls for New South Wales against the Cape Cobras from South Africa during their Champions League Twenty20 showdown in Chennai on Saturday. It was the first game the off-spinner had played in eight months. SESHADRI SUKUMAR

Hauritz and Blues hit for six

NATHAN Hauritz didn't enjoy a fairytale return to cricket in India on Saturday night.

Former South African and current Cape Cobras opening bats man Herschelle Gibbs and his teammates ensured that is was a miserable day for the former Hervey Bay junior.

Playing for the first time since he had arthroscopic surgery on a dislocated shoulder he injured during a one-day international against England eight months ago, Hauritz had a game he'd rather forget for New South Wales in Champions League Twenty20 competition in Chennai.

So would his teammates in blue.

Gibbs and the Cape Cobras thrashed New South Wales by seven wickets in what was the opening game of the tournament for both teams.

Batting first, New South Wales scored eight for 135 off their 20 overs.

Hauritz, batting at number nine, didn't contribute to the score.

He walked out to middle for the last ball of the innings but was at the non-strikers end and didn't face a ball.

He did feature with the ball when the South African side started its run-chase.

In a surprise move Hauritz, an off-spinner, opened the bowling.

The ploy didn't work.

Gibbs and his opening partner Richard Levi scored 12 runs off the over and that was the end of Hauritz for a while.

He came back on with the openers in full-flight and conceded 13 runs in what turned out to be his second and final over.

During the over, Gibbs, who blasted 55 off 47 balls, smashed Hauritz for the biggest six of the game, one that sailed 90m into the crowd.

Gibbs and Levi put on 88 for the first wicket in only 57 balls and the game was as good as over.

The Cobras finally finished on three for 136 with 16 balls to spare.

New South Wales take on Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.


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