After his first BBL season with the Sydney Thunder, Davies made his List A debut for New South Wales against Victoria at the North Sydney Oval

The batsman was tossed his side down at 4-73, but he rose to the occasion by smoking 35 balls alongside Smith for half a century before being sacked for 57 of 41

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Anyone who saw Davies’ BBL career start in December would not have been surprised by its success

The right-hander slipped into the middle order of thunder, making 36 out of 22 and then 48 out of 23 in his first two games

A lean run ensued for the remainder of the season, but Davies came back with a bang on Monday, hitting three sixes and four fours in an attack with fast-paced James Pattinson, rising star Will Sutherland and former test spinner Jon Holland / p>

The performance came after an interview by England international Sam Billings when Davies suffered a form failure in the BBL

“I was a bit down and he just talked to me and said why not check out some of your highlights when you absolutely beat them up,” Davies told ESPNCricinfo. “He made me look more positive think about how I played at the start of the tournament and before I got back into cricket class and done pretty well

“He just dumbfounded it for me and said, what did you do well when you bet well, and how can you come back to that now?” “

Man, super impressive 50 from Ollie Davies 50 out of 35 with some really clean strikes Also loves a pullshot for six great innings so far on his #MarshCup debut

Smith struggled to find his rhythm on 30 after his first 50 balls, but Davies’ runscoring took the pressure off the batsman and allowed him to build into his innings

When Davies left, Smith was 62 of 85 and made 127 runs with 124 balls spanning 15 boundaries – six of which were highs

“There was a lot of pressure on him not only to partner with Smith but also to keep the scoreboard moving,” Brad Haddin said of Fox Cricket. “And I think he took a lot off Steve Smith

“Smith was struggling a little with his timing, but Davies kept the scoreboard moving, he picked up the attack all the way to bowling, allowed Smith to sit down and get used to the wicket, and now, from an NSW perspective “You I hope he can take the game really deep”

Haddin said Davies not only played a “classy” punch, but gained valuable experience by hitting with the best

“To have the opportunity to play with Smith (it’s) on-the-job training with someone as great as Steve Smith who sums up the terms well, he’ll talk him through the innings of what to expect Great training.” for Ollie Davies ”

NSW made 9-318 of their 50 overs before running through Victoria for 259 for a comfortable win

Victoria was always behind the eighth ball, Sam Harper (7) and Nic Maddinson (0) left her on the 20th February back in early combat

Harper’s fellow opener Marcus Harris started brilliantly at 47 of 59, including eight fours, but was bowled by Sean Abbott

Matt Short had a run-a-ball 67 with four fours and four sixes before he was caught by Liam Hatcher at LBW

But it was James Pattinson who starred with the willow, lashing 54 of 36 down in a sizzling late-night cameo

Steve Smith even got a chance to flip his arm and send two overs for 16 runs down, but surprisingly dropped a sitter when he first slipped Ben Dwarshuis – the only negative in a man-of-the-match -Performance

The wickets were split by NSW’s all-star bowling attack, with Nathan Lyon unfortunate enough to miss out on overs with numbers 0/51 out of 9

Pat Cummins had 3/38 overs of 9 while Dwarsuhis had 2/41 of 8, Liam Hatcher 2/60 of 10 and Sean Abbott 2/50 of 8

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