SAM Miller has experienced a bitter-sweet start to his one-day career for South Australia.
The Wendouree premiership player top-scored with an unbeaten 47 in the Redbacks’ six-wicket loss to Victoria at Bankstown Oval, Sydney, yesterday.
Miller, of Ballarat, looked comfortable at the crease as his innings wore on, falling just short of his half-century in a knock that lasted 67 balls and included two boundaries.
The left-hander batted at number five and was involved in a crucial sixth-wicket stand of 64 with wicket-keeper Tim Ludeman (38 off 42).
This helped ensure the Redbacks made the first score of 200 in three Ryobi One-Day Cup matches at the venue this season.
The all-rounder was also thrown the ball during the Bushrangers’ run chase, but failed to make a breakthrough, finishing with 0-24 from five overs.
Miller won the 2012-13 Bradman Medal – Adelaide grade cricket’s highest individual honour – in his second year with club Prospect. In the process, he broke the Pirates’ 27-year drought for the honour after finishing runner-up in his first year at the club.
And he has enjoyed a cracking start to the new season, which has included scores of 87 and 45 not out for Northern Mavericks in the SACA Premier League prior to yesterday’s Redbacks call-up.
The 25-year-old made his first-class debut last season, playing three Sheffield Shield matches.
Miller will be hoping his efforts have been good enough to secure his place in the South Australian side for its next one-day clash with Tasmanian Tigers on Wednesday.