Andrew Tye struck form with a six-wicket haul against Derbyshire, playing his part in Australia A's victory over the county side in their List A match on Sunday at Derby with his performance drawing accolades from teammate Matthew Wade.
Electing to bowl first, the Aussies struck early twice before an 89-run partnership steadied the home team. It was Tye who managed to break that stand when he sent back Wayne Madsen at the start of the 20th over and then went on to halt a 52-run stand next when he dismissed Alex Hughes in the 31st.
Runs, however, continued to flow with Derbyshire at 244/5 in the 44th over and looking to score big on the back of Leus du Plooy's century. However, the Kings XI Punjab pacer came back and picked up the last four wickets of the opposition's innings for just 13 runs in his last 14 balls, including that of du Plooy, which checked the opposition run rate a bit.
Derbyshire eventually ended with 283/9 at the end of their 50 overs with the 32-year-old Tye registering figures of 6/65 in his quota of ten, his fourth five-wicket haul in List A cricket in just 39 matches.
Outstanding figures from @aj191 today for @CricketAus A against Derbyshire 👏— Gloucestershire Cricket🏏 (@Gloscricket) June 23, 2019
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"Using his full repertoire of slower balls, yorkers and bouncers, Tye took regular wickets throughout the innings on a beautiful track for batting," reported cricket.com.au.
His six-fer was as many wickets he had picked in his last nine matches - all T20 games - marking the Perth-native's return to form.
"Started off a bit slowly... but it was good to get out and play a 50-over match since October last year," Tye said. "Took a little bit of time... but once I got going, it was pretty good for me."
In reply, Australia A chased down the total in just 35.2 overs after Matthew Wade blazed a 71-ball 155, with 14 fours and 11 sixes, and was named Man of the Match for his performance.
"It's a batsman's game, isn't it?" Tye laughed when pointed out that his efforts overshadowed by Wade's blitz. "That's fine. I am not in it for accolades. I just keep doing my thing and give the batsmen grief."
Wade, however, acknowledged Tye's performance citing that the role he had played was "perfect" under the circumstances.
"You look at it and he gets guys caught on the boundary - through the middle overs and towards the end - that's what he is trying to do, with subtle changes of variations in pace, where he is bowling his line," Wade pointed out. "And he gets his rewards with blokes caught on the boundary. It's a skill in itself.
"Some people think he gets wickets caught on the boundary but that's exactly what's he is trying to do through that period. And that's what his role is in our team, and every team he basically plays for. He is world-class at doing that towards the end of innings."