Tasmania secured first innings points against Queensland in a game that ended in a draw. Tasmania’s first innings 407 was thanks largely to a patient 107 from opener Jordan Silk and it proved too much for Queensland who could only respond with 303. The Bulls didn’t seriously threaten their fourth innings target.
Victoria posted an under par first innings total of 236 against NSW at the MCG with Chris Rogers providing the backbone with a grinding 88 off 213 balls. In reply NSW took first innings points and a handy lead due to contrasting centuries to Dave Warner and Steve Smith. Victoria wiped off the deficit thanks to 117 to Rogers and 94 to Peter Handscomb and set NSW 234 from 40 overs to win outright. NSW started brightly thanks to Warner’s 51 off 45 balls but slowed significantly and the captains called time early for a draw.
South Australia batted first at the WACA and managed only 222. In reply WA just managed to secure first innings points before they were all out for 230. In the second innings South Australia’s 19 year old number 3 batsmen Travis Head made 92 and guided the Redbacks to a lead of 318. It was far too much for the Warriors who were bowled out 210, in no little part due to a spell of 3/1 from SA paceman Chadd Sayers. No batsmen scored more than 50 for WA.
A king pair
With Aaron Finch returning from ODI duty in India, Victoria decided two similar allrounders in John Hastings and Dan Christian was one too many so axed new recruit Christian. Finch has struggled in Shield cricket over the past 2 seasons making and things reached a new low on his return as he bagged a king pair: cleaned up first ball by a Sean Abbott yorker in the first innings and bowled first ball by Steve O’Keefe in the second innings. Ouch. Finch is off to play against the touring England team for the Australian Invitational XI this week.
Nathan Hauritz was dropped from the Queensland line up. Leg Spinner Adam Zampa was relegated to 12th man duties at the WACA ground for South Australia. There is still no place for captain Ben Rhorer in the NSW middle order, though that will probably change next week. James Faulkner did not play for Tasmania after his efforts in India in the ODI series.
Mark Cosgrove returned form a broken thumb top open for Tasmania and scored a half century whilst Ed Cowan was cast in the new role of number 3 for the Tigers and contributed a pair of half centuries.
Chris Lynn returned to the Queensland line up following his ton against the touring Englishman last week. He slotted into the number 3 position and scored 150 odd runs for one dismissal.
Michael Beer did not play for WA with Ashton Agar preferred as the sole spinner at the WACA.
Possible Australia watch
Business as usual from Mitchell Johnson for WA with the paceman sending down two wides in his first over before delivering more hostile spells to collect 5 wickets for the match.
George Bailey made 34 and 41. Not exactly knocking down the door for Test selection.
With England’s openers batting through the first days play, followed by two days of solid rain in Hobart for the tour match against Australia A none of the A team batsmen were able to achieve anything of note. They may be ruing not playing Sheefield Shield where the weather didn’t intervene nearly as much.
1. Chris Rogers (Victoria)
Made over 200 runs against NSW and faced 448 balls in total. In the process he scored his 63rd first class century.
2. David Warner (New South Wales)
In the first innings Warner flayed loose bowling from the Vics to all corners of the MCG to register 104 of 87 balls. He continued his rapid scoring with a quick fire half century in the second innings.
3. Travis Head (South Australia)
The 19 year old scored a match winning 92 and 51 against WA at the WACA. Just edged out Peter Handscomb and his 94 for the number 3 position.
4. Jordan Silk (Tasmania)
Scored a determined and patient 107 off 250 balls opening the batting against Queensland. Also made 50 in the second innings.
5. Steve Smith (New South Wales)
Registered 107 off 169 balls to lead NSW to first innings points against Victoria
6. Ben Dunk+ (Tasmania)
Took over the gloves from Australia A rep Tim Paine and performed well against his fomer state Queensland. In the second innings he made a rapid 81 off just 79 balls to compliment the 51 off 55 balls he made in the first innings.
7. Joe Mennie (South Australia)
Better known as a bowler, Mennie contributed a pair of fifties that were critical for South Australia in their low scoring match against WA. He also chipped in with three wickets.
8. Johan Botha (South Australia)
The South African South Australian skipper took 4/47 with his off spin at the WACA in WA’s first innings.
9. John Hastings (Victoria)
Took 5/51 in the first innings against NSW and was the pick of the bowlers for his discipline not just his wickets.
10. Chris Gannon (Queensland)
Claimed 5/26 in Tasmania’s first innings of 407 – a great effort.
11. Chadd Sayers (South Australia)
Grabbed 4/34 off 20 overs with 11 maidens in the second innings against WA. Also picked up 3/64 in the first innings.
The week ahead…
Tasmania v Victoria, Bellerive
South Australia v Western Australia, Adelaide Oval
Queensland v New South Wales, Allan Border Field
Australian Invitational XI v England, SCG