The first Test at the Gabba overshadowed it but the fourth round of the Sheffield Shield concluded on Monday
Queensland and New South Wales played out a rain affected draw at the SCG with the Blues taking first innings points. Queensland were a bowler down after fast bowler Mick Gale injured himself in NSW first innings. Nathan Hauritz, upon his return to the team, shouldered the extra load bowling 62 overs across both innings.Ryan Carters scored his maiden first class century for NSW with a first innings 154.
Western Australia completely dominated Victoria at the WACA. Marcus North and Shaun March both made centuries allowing WA to declare at 8/580 with Victoria using no less than 8 bowlers. In reply Victoria were bundled out for 198 thanks mainly to Dave Hussey’s 85. Forced to follow on the Vics fared a little better managing 345 thanks to 131 to Cameron White. The Warriors won by an innings and 38 runs with Nathan Coulter Nile the chief destroyer with 8 wickets.
Tasmania took on South Australia at the Adelaide Oval in what ended as a high scoring draw. The Redbacks took first innings points thanks to the batting efforts of Travis Head, Johan Botha and Tim Ludeman. In Tasmania’s second innings both Jordan Silk and Ed Cowan made centuries but time beat the Tigers push for an outright result.
|New South Wales||12|
Head of batting
Travis Head, the 19 year old No 3 for South Australia, came close but failed to score his maiden first class hundered. As per last round he was short just 2 runs, dismissed for 98. He did however win the Man of the Match Award for his 98 & 43. After being dismissed for 43 in the second innings Head hit the ball away in frustration and under Cricket Australia’s heavier approach to player behaviour was reprimanded for Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a Match. Strong contenders for the Man of the Match award must have been Tasmania’s Jordan Silk and Ed Cowan both with centuries and 60s respectively in the same match. Heads three scores in the 90’s this season put him at the pointy end of the Sheffield Shield run scoring table.
|MJ North (WA)||4||589||145||117.8||3||2|
|CL White (VIC)||4||447||131||63.85||1||3|
|TM Head (SA)||4||437||98||62.42||0||4|
|RJ Quiney (VIC)||4||378||89||47.25||0||5|
|JC Silk (TAS)||4||369||107||46.12||2||2|
|EJM Cowan (TAS)||3||353||123||58.83||1||3|
Keeping it in the team
Three Shield teams are running with two wicket keepers in their line up currently. Victori have Matthew Wade and Peter Handscomb. Handscomb has been playing as a as a specialist batsmen but took the gloves during the latest round due to Wade’s suspension for pitch tampering. Former Queenslander, Ben Dunk, has been playing alongside Tim Paine as a batsmen and took the gloves when Paine was on Australia A duty. New South Wales have already used three keepers this season: Brad Haddin, Peter Neville and Ryan Carters. In the game against Queensland this round, Neville kept while former Victorian Carters opened the batting and scored his maiden first class hundred. Tim Ludeman, South Australia, and Sam Whiteman, Western Australia, and Chris Hartley, Queensland are the incumbents in their respective states.
Dave Hussey returned to the Victorian line up due to Matthew Wades suspension for pith tampering. New South Wales skipper Ben Rhorer finally got a go in the middle order with the internationals away on Test duty.
Doug Bollinger returned from injury for NSW and Ben Hilfenhaus from a rest for Tasmania. WA pair of fast bowlers, Michael Hogan and Jake Beherendorf also returned from a resting. Kane Richardson made his first Shield appearance for South Australia this season and former South Australian paceman Jake Haberfield made his debut for Victoria. Clint McKay returned from international duty for his first 4 day game of the season.
Jon Holland carried the drinks as 12th man for the Bushrangers again. The only first class cricket he has played this summer was for Australia A against the touring England team. It is curious how he could be considered for the Australia A team yet hasn’t played for his state in the Sheffield Shield. Fawad Ahmed is filling the sole spinners berth in the Victorian team.
The round ahead…
Games start today, Friday
Victoria v South Australia, MCG
Tasmania v New South Wales, Bellerive Oval
Western Australia v Queensland, WACA
Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI v England, Alice Springs