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McGrath departs Blues a winner


Glenn McGrath didn't need to do too much to get a standing ovation in his farewell match for NSW.

And typically, he went out a winner as well as the Blues won a low-scoring Twenty20 clash by six runs at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

The veteran also proved that he was still a hit in the newest form of the game.

Carrying a little more bulk then when he left the international scene last April, McGrath's first share of the action was being run out for a golden duck. He received a standing ovation.

He took two regulation catches, two standing ovations. One dropped sitter, groans of exasperation from the crowd.

Oh ... and he also took a typically miserly 1-11 from his four overs after starting with a wide.

Fear not, he received a standing ovation for that as well from the crowd of more than 23,000.

For every delivery he bowled there was also a flurry of camera flashes at the the Olympic Stadium.

He showed that he will still provide plenty of value in the Indian Premier League when it starts later this year.

Ashley Noffke (two for 13 off four overs) and Shane Watson (four for 19 off four overs) earlier restricted NSW to eight for 121 off 20 overs with Noffke rattling the top order before Watson pierced the Blues' middle order.

Dominic Thornely (40) and Nathan Hauritz (23no) ensured some respectability with a 58-run seventh wicket stand.

In reply, McGrath and Nathan Bracken put the clamps on the Bulls with McGrath no doubt enjoying capturing the scalp of former Australian team-mate Jimmy Maher.

At four for 84 after 15 overs, the Bulls still looked a good shot at winning before teenage spinner Steven Smith (four for 15) claimed two wickets in two balls to put the Bulls in a tail spin.

They were eventually all out for 115.

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