Cooper fluent with bat on way to century

By STEVE SPINKS

FORMER Corndale batsman Tom Cooper has impressed State cricket selectors with a fluent 112 for New South Wales against South Australia in a Second XI fixture at Adelaide Oval No 2 yesterday.

Cooper, who now plays first grade in Sydney with University of NSW, batted at No 3 for the Blues.

He hit 22 fours and one six on his way to the second top score.

Dave Warner hit 117 to be the NSW top-scorer as the Blues declared at 5-305 chasing SA's 7-410.

SA were 1-119 late yesterday afternoon in their second innings.

"It was a very good innings," NSW chairman of selectors Brian Taber, who was at the match, said.

"He played well against a good attack.

"Most of the South Australian players have played Shield (Pura Cup) cricket before."

Fast bowler Mark Cleary and up-and-coming spinner Cullen Bailey were part of the SA attack.

With the first day on Monday mainly washed out, NSW declared early to give SA the opportunity to bat yesterday afternoon with the idea of setting the Blues a target and perhaps the opportunity of coming up with a result.

Asked if Cooper's innings would hold any sway with selectors, Taber was diplomatic.

"We treat these matches very seriously," he said.

"The standard is very high and competitive, and South Australia have eight players who have played Shield cricket."



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