Sheffield Shield Round Up 3

The results

New South Wales skittled Queensland twice for less than 300 at Alan Border field in Brisbane thanks largely to 7 wickets to Trent Copeland. In reply NSW had a host of half century makers propel it to 380 in the first innings and 270 in the second innings. It was enough to collect the six points for an outright win.

South Australia and Western Australia faced off for the second time in two weeks with the game ending in a high scoring draw. South Australia took first innings thanks largely to 204 to Phil Hughes.

Victoria traveled to Tasmania and collected all six points in an outright win. The Bushranger’s success was set up thanks to a first innings 119 to Matthew Wade and a pair of 80s to Rob Quiney. Tasmania could only muster 250 or under in each of their innings and were bowled out on the last day with 47 balls to spare.

Points table

Teams Points
New South Wales 10
Victoria 8
South Australia 8
Tasmania 8
Queensland 2
Western Australia 2

Adelaide Oval

Revamped Adelaide Oval: Shaun Marsh and Johan Botha take the toss
Revamped Adelaide Oval: Shaun Marsh and Johan Botha take the toss

The redeveloped Adelaide Oval hosted it’s first cricket match on Wednesday. The result – 6,000 South Australian’s descended on the venue –  the most at the venue for Shield match since the last day of the 95/96 Shield final. In total 17,000 spectators entered Adelaide Oval during the four days and they say Shield cricket doesn’t draw a crowd. It helps, of course. that it’s free entry for spectators at the Adelaide Oval for Shield matches – I think a few other states could follow this lead. The old axiom of there being three certainties in life: death, taxes and centuries at the Adelaide Oval held true with three individual centuries scored including a double century  to Phil Hughes.

Resting

The Australian pace attack of Ryan Harris Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson were all rested from Shield responsibilities.  Curiously so was Ben Hilfenhaus who wasn’t named in the 12 man squad for the Gabba.

Despite taking 10 wickets each in the first two shield matches, WA fast bowling pair Jake Behrendorf and Michael Hogan were rested and replaced by Nathan Coulter Nile and Ryan Duffield. Whilst it could be argued Coulter Nile would have displaced one of Hogan or Behrenforf on merit, it’s hard to argue the same for Duffield.

Nathan Coulter Nile, Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin and James Faulkner played after sitting out last weeks round of matches to rest after returning from the India ODI series. Fellow Indian tourists Moses Henriques and Glen Maxwell managed to play for Australia A last week. It will be Haddin and Faulkner’s only 4 day hit out before the First test.

Michael Clarke was also rested for NSW.

Spinners

If it was a Cricket Australia directive to play more spinners and get spinners bowling more overs in Shield cricket it seems to be working. After 3 matches the top 4 wicket takers in Shield cricket are all spinners. The highest wicket taker? Johan Botha. Nathan Lyon is equal 5th.

Player Wickets Average Economy Strike Rate
J Botha (SA) 15 24.53 2.57 57.2
CJ Boyce (QLD) 14 37.21 3.8 58.6
SNJ O’Keefe (NSW) 11 23 2.35 58.5
Fawad Ahmed (VIC) 11 30.27 3.7 49
DE Bollinger (NSW) 10 22.1 2.92 45.4
MG Hogan (WA) 10 24.1 2.77 52.2
JP Behrendorff (WA) 10 27.4 3.53 46.5
NM Lyon (NSW) 10 35.1 2.46 85.3

Selection matters

Dave Hussey was dropped by Victoria to accommodate Glen Maxwell returning. Rumors are already circulating that Hussey will be in South Australia next year linking up with former Victorian, now South Australian coach Darren Berry.

NSW skipper Ben Rhorer still couldn’t make it into the NSW line up and instead captained the Invitational XI at the SCG against England. After withdrawing Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges, the  Cricket Australia Invitational XI was a NSW 2nd XI with Aaron Finch (fresh off a king pair in the shield), Callum Ferguson and Ed Cowan plus 3rd choice Victorian spinner James Muirhead.

The mainstay of the Invitational XI batting in the first innings were NSW’s second and third Choice keepers Phil Neville and Ryan Carters who recorded his highest first class score of 94.

Pitch tampering

Victorian wicket keeper Matthew Wade has been fined 50% of his match fee and suspended for one Shield match after the umpires ruled that he had tampered with the pitch during his first innings of 119 at Bellerive Oval. There was said to be a long valley in the protected zone not caused by natural wear and tear. Victoria have 48 hours to appeal the decision.

Australia watch

True to his Shield form over the bast 12 months, George Bailey made 37 & 16 against Victoria. He also ran out Test aspirant Alex Doolan whilst the pair were batting together. Bailey has now been involved in 49 run outs in first class cricket –  20 times Bailey has run himself out  and 29 times his partner has been the victim.

Brad Haddin made a 50 against Queensland, Steve Smith also chipped in with a half century and James Faulkner managed what appeared to be 25 carefully managed overs across a number of short spells for two wickets and contributed a half century batting at No 6 in the second innings for Tasmania.

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The XI

Phil Hughes (South Australia)

Responded to news that he wasn’t in the Ashes squad by making his highest first class score, 204,  his first double century. It was his 22nd first class hundred.

Marcus North (Western Australia)

North’s fine form this season continues with a first innings century, 110, followed up by 84 not out in the second innings as WA batted for a draw.

Travis Head (South Australia)

The 19 year old number 3 was amongst the runs again but for the second week in a row missed out on his maiden first class century being dismissed in the 90s. This time it was 98.

Michael Klinger (South Australia)

Klinger marked his return to the Adeliade Oval with 125 opening the batting

Rob Quiney (Victoria)

Quiney made a pair of 80s opening the batting for Victoria. He just pipped NSW opening batsmen Nic Maddison who managed 72 & 87 against Queensland.

Matthew Wade (Victoria)

Wade lireally scratched out a determined 119 in Victoria’s first innings against Tasmania.

Ashton Agar (Western Australia)

Agar made 93 at the Adelaide Oval but his bowling was less successful with figures of 2/149 off 36 overs.

Dan Christian (Victoria)

Chipped in with a handy 43 in the first innings and contributed five wickets including three lbws in the second innings which accounted for three of Tasmaina’s top four: Silk,  Doolan and Bailey. Christain knocked over Bailey in both innings and affectd a run out.

Trent Copeland (New South Wales)

Copeland’s 5/49 in the first innings consisted of five of Queensland’s top six batsmen . He returned in the second innings to pick up two wickets, Queensland’s No 3 & 4, Khawaja and Lynn, for the second time in the match.

Alistair McDermott (Queensland)

Took 4/44 in NSW’s second innings including clean bowling Dave Warner and Steve Smith.

Xavier Doherty (Tasmania)

Doherty took 6 wickets for the match in his return to Shield cricket for Tasmania. He just edged out Johan Botha for the spinners position.

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