Sheffield Shield Round Up 4

The first Test at the Gabba overshadowed it but the fourth round of the Sheffield Shield concluded on Monday

The results

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.

Points table

Team Points
New South Wales 12
South Australia 10
Western Australia 8
Victoria 8
Tasmania 8
Queensland 2



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.

Player Matches Runs Highest Average 100 50
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 XI

Marcus North (Western Australia)
Completed his 3rd century for the season with 145 opening the batting
Jordan Silk (Tasmania)
Scored 104 and 68 against South Australia
Ed Cowan (Tasmania)
Made 123 and 6 at the Adeliade Oval
Ryan Carters (NSW)
Opened the batting for NSW and made his maiden first class hundred one to remember with 154
Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)
Marsh made his 9th first class hundred with 127 against Victoria
Cameron White (Victoria)
Made 131 in Victoria’s second innings.
Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)
The Warriors wicket keeper made 87 at the WACA
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)
The main destroyer for the Warriors with 4 wickets in each of Victoria’s innings
 Xavier Doherty (Tasmania)
Took 5/96 in South Australia’s first innings
Nathan Hauritz (Queensland)
Took 4/93 against NSW
Doug Bollinger (NSW)
Continued his fine form this season with 3/65 & 1/20

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


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Ross Slater

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