South Australia took outright points against Victoria at the MCG after skittling the Bushrangers for 118 in their first innings. The Redbacks responded with 343 thanks to centuries to Phil Hughes and Callum Ferguson. Victoria made a better fist of it in the second innings thanks to a 97 to Aaron Finch and 82 to Glen Maxwell to manage 404. The victory target of 183 proved no problem for South Australia thanks to half centuries to Michael Klinger and Tom Cooper. Gary Putland was the best of the South Australian bowlers with 6 wickets.
Tasmania batted first against New South Wales at Bellerive Oval and took first innings points due to half centuries from keepers Ben Dunk and Tim Paine. Despite sporting Tasmania a 90 run advantage on the first innings the Blues fought back hard dismissing Tasmania for 164 in their second innings – it could have been a lot lower had it not been for Mark Cosgrove scoring almost 50% of the team’s runs (81). Chasing 254 for outright victory New South Wales did it with ease losing only four wickets. The successful chase was anchored by an even 100 to opener Ryan Carters. Young paceman Sean Abbott and left arm orthodox spinner Steve O’Keefe both took 6 wickets for New South Wales.
In Perth Mitch Marsh (96) and keeper Sam Whiteman (61) rescued Western Australia from a precarious 5-47 to post a respectable first innings total of 254. Luke Feldman was the best of the Bulls bowlers with 4/58. Queensland in reply took first innings points with ease posting a total of 401 thanks mainly to 159 to Luke Pomersbach in his first game for his state in any format this season. Western Australia’s second innings was dominated by Adam Voges who scored 235 off 322 balls with 31 fours. The game ended in a draw.
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Marcus North was released from playing duties during the second day of the WA v Queensland game due to the death of his brother in a car accident. Cricket Australia and Cricket Queensland allowed North to be replaced by batsmen Luke Towers. Towers opened the second innings and made a first ball duck.
Dave Hussey was dropped from Victoria’s line up to accommodate the return of Matthew Wade from suspension. Hussey had scored 85 in his last match to hold the Vics batting together. It is looking like a season in and out of the Victorian line up for Dave Hussey.
Victorian pace bowler John Hastings was rested meaning Jon Holland played his first game of the season for Victoria and the Bushrangers played two spinners for the first time this season, Holland and Fawad Ahmed. South Australia chose not to go down the two spinners path preferring four pacemen plus skipper Johan Botha batting at 6 and providing the spin option. Young leg spinner Adam Zampa was once again relegated to carrying the drinks. Nathan Hauritz was preferred as Queensland’s spin option ahead of leg spinner Cameron Boyce.
Promising Queensland batsmen Joe Burns was dropped for the return of Luke Pomersbach. Burns instead played for the Queensland 2nd XI in a 3 day game agaisnt the England Performance Squad which is shadowing the touring test team. Burns mounted a strong case for a recall scoring 97* and 100.
None of the 12 players selected in the first test team played in the current round of the Sheffield Shield despite several of the batsmen not being in the greates form in Brisbane.
In the fast bowling department, Doug Bollinger continued his fine form this season but Ben Hilfenhaus suffered a side injury that will put him out for 2-4 weeks.
The Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI which played England in Alice Springs featured some forgotten players who can’t force their way into their state first XI at the moment. Four Victorians made the team: batsmen Michael Hill, fast bowler Jayde Herrick, all rounder Alex Keath and spinner James Muirhead. Notably test player Michael Beer, who hasn’t managed a game for WA this season, and James Muirhead both played their second game (of a possible four) against the touring England team.
Phil Hughes (South Australia)
Hughes scored a first innings 103 against Victoria at the MCG.
Luke Pomersbach (Queensland)
Pomersbach returned to domestic cricket with 159 opening for Quensland.
Ryan Carters (New South Wales)
Another century for the former Victorian back up keeper, this time an even 100
Adam Voges (Western Australia)
Staved off outright defeat for the Warriors with a defiant 235 which secured them a draw.
Callum Ferguson (South Australia)
Ferguson scored his 9th first class century with 110 against the Bushrangers
Mitch Marsh (Western Australia)
The allrounder held together the Warriors first innings with 96, but went wicketless through 22 overs with the ball.
Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)
The wicketkeeper scored a pair of half centuries against the Bulls at the WACA.
Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
The all rounder snared 6/110 against Tasmania.
Steve O’Keeffe (New South Wales)
The left arm orthodox spinner took 6/102 at Bellerive Oval.
Luke Feldman (Queensland)
Four first innings wickets against Western Australia set up the Bulls for first innings points.
Gary Putland (South Australia)
Six wickets for Putland as he returned to the ground and team he destroyed last year – Victoria at the MCG
The round ahead…
Games starting Sunday
Queensland v Victoria, Gabba
New South Wales v South Australia, SCG
Tasmania v Western Australia, Bellerive Oval