Queensland traveled to Bellerive Oval to face the Tigers and lost outright. Tasmania batted first and managed 350 thanks to a patient 93 to opener Ed Cowan, In reply Queensland opener Joe Burns carried his bat for 91 not out of a team total of just 183 with Ben Hilfenhaus blowing away the lower order with a hatrick. He claimed the last two wickets of the hatrick by bowling Ben Cutting and Cameron Boyce. Batting a second time Tasmania struggled to 9/165 declared with evergreen all-rounder and Bulls skipper James Hopes claiming 5 for 59 opening the bowling. Set an unlikely 333 for victory Queensland capitulated for the second time in the match bowled out for 149, which could have been a whole lot worse had it not been for a swash buckling 65 off 56 balls with 11 fours and a six from leg spinner Cameron Boyce batting at number 9. Chris Hartley, who was at the crease when Queensland chased 470 to win their last Shield match, had a change of fortune this game – he was dismissed for a pair off 34 balls. Best for the Tigers was fast bowler Sam Rainbird with 4 for 40.
New South Wales batted first against Western Australia at the WACA and led by 104 to opener Ryan Carters and 77 to Ben Rhorer managed a respectable first innings total of 344. THe best bwoling for WA was 23 year old left arm paceman Jason Behrendorf who claimed his maiden 5 wicket haul with 5 for 65. In reply the Warriors innings was led by the impeccable form of veteran opener Marcus North who recorded yet another half century – his 5th for the Shield season, to go with 3 hundreds. Fellow veteran Adam Voges was the rock of the innings with a big hundred, 155, and 21 year old wicket keeper Sam Whiteman continued his fine form with the bat contributing 88 with 15 boundaries. Western Australia finished on 462 with Sean Abbott the only NSW bowler to return respectable figures managing 4 for 71. Facing a deficit of 118 the Blues crumbled with only Carters, Rhorer and keeper Peter Neville making it past 20. Behrendorf claimed 4 for 35 to finish with match figures of 9/100 and Marcus North with his part time off spin whipped through the tail with 3 for 9 off 6 overs. New South Wales had lost their last 6 wickets for 22, including 3 ducks, to be all out for 126 leaving WA a victory target of just 9 which they reached for the loss of two wickets. Debutant NSW off spinner Manjot Singh won’t forget his first game, after taking 2 for 163 in the first innings Singh opened the bowling in the second innings and claimed 2 wickets in his first over. WA opener Cameron Bancroft was stumped for a second ball duck in the second innings to record a pair after he was dismissed for a first ball duck in the first innings. Fitting Adam Voges hit the first ball he faced for a boundary to give the Warriors outright victory.
South Australia hosted Victoria at the Adelaide Oval and racked up a compelling 6 for 511 declared off 145 overs. Michael Klinger made a magnificent double century, just the second double hundred this Shield season, with 213 at the top of the order, Tom Cooper chimed in with 81 and wicket keeper Tim Ludeman recorded his maiden first class hundred with an even 100 off 156 balls with 10 fours and a six. John Hastings and Glen Maxwell were the only two successful bowlers for Victoria taking 3 wickets apiece. Despite a change in personal at the top of the order, with Rob Quiney and Michael Hill replacing Aaron Finch and Peter Handscombe in the openers positions the Vics slumped to 3 for 12 before the recalled David Hussey with 71 and Glen Maxwell with another century, this time 119, steadied the innings. Although some late hitting by Jon Holland got the Vics within two runs of avoiding the follow on, they were sent back in by the Redbacks and once again suffered the top order shakes to be 2 for 29. Patient half centuries to Marcus Stoinis, Cameron White and Matthew Wade secured a draw for Victoria with the Bushrangers finishing at 7 for 334. South Australia will be disappointed to only secure the two points on offer for the first innings after dominating most of the four days.
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Should South Australia win the right to host to Shield final by finishing on top, the final will likely be played at Glenelg Oval due to a Rolling Stones concert at Adelaide Oval.
Usman Khawaja was omitted from the Queensland team after a minor hamstring strain suffered in his match winning 182 in the previous round of matches. Batsmen Chris Lynn was also not considered due to a cracked rib he received in a club game.
Victoria cleaned out half its team, making 6 changes to the team that capitulated to NSW. Both openers, Finch and Handscombe, were dropped in favour of Quiney and Hill who managed 34 runs between them in two innings each. Dave Hussey was recalled to bat at number 5 with Matthew Wade puched down the order to number 7. Under performing all -rounder Dan Christian was dropped for the second time this Shield season once again raising questions as to why he was recruited from SA. Australian ODI paceman Clint McKay was also omitted for poor form with the ball – he has now been dropped from both the Melbourne Stars and the Shield team this summer. Spinner James Muirhead was also dropped , replaced by Jon Holland with Fawad Ahmed 12th man. Holland returned the figures of 0-126 off 36 overs. Fast bowler Jake Reed made an inauspicious debut with 0-88 off 19 overs.
New South Wales were without this season’s leading wicket taker, left arm orthodox spinner, Steve O’Keefe. O’Keefe suffered a dislocated right shoulder during the Big Bash but was back in action in the last round of the Shield. However O’Keefe who has been batting at number 8 this summer batted at number 11 behind Doug Bollinger due to shoulder soreness. New South Wales took a cautious approach and O’Keefe was rested from the trip to WA.
It is intersting to note the return of Ashotn Agar to the Western Australian line up and his impact as compared to part time off spinner Marcus North.
In the first innings both bowled 14 overs Agar managed 14-0-70-0 ( 5 runs per over) and North 14-1-32-0. In the second innings Agar bowled 10-5-12-0 and North 6- 2- 9-3.
No doubt Agar is stil learning his craft after his surprise Test debut in mid-2013 at just 19 years old. Agar’s second season in the Shield has been a lot tougher than his debut season last year where he made the Shield team of the year despite only playing in the last 5 games of the season.
Despite being recruited from NSW to SA in the off season, young leg spinner Adam Zampa has been in and out of the Redbacks side due to the presence of off spinner and skipper Johan Botha. Both claimed 2 wickets in the game against Victoria.
Victoria can’t decide who is their number 1 spinner, preferring leg spinner Fawad Ahmed played 5 of 6 games before the Big Bash, Jon Holland has played 2 and James Muirhead one game.
Xavier Doherty has returned to his familiar role as Tasmania’s sole spinner and leg spinner Cameron Boyce is the prefferd spin option at Queensland.
Michael Klinger (South Australia)
Despite a fairly lean season Klinger still knows how to make the runs with 213 against his old state, Victoria.
Ryan Carters (New South Wales)
The former back up Victorian wicket keeper has found a new calling as an opening batsmen making his second hundred of the season.
Ed Cowan (Tasmania)
Guided Tasmanias first innings with a patient 93. Joe burns carrying his bat for 91 out of 183 in Queenslands first innings is unlucky to miss out
Adam Voges (Western Australia)
Made a matchwinning 155 against New South Wales
Dave Hussey (Victoria)
The recalled veteran showed the value of experience batting at number 5 making 71 and 47.
Glen Maxwell (Victoria)
Made 119 in Victoria’s first innings to put some respectability into the Bushrangers scorebook. Also took three wickets with his off spin
Tim Ludeman (South Australia)
The wicket keeper made his maiden first class hundred off 154 balls
James Hopes (Queensland)
The veteran keeps getting the job done, this time managing a 5 wicket haul opening the bowling.
Ben Hilfenhaus (Tasmania)
The former test paceman claimed a hatrick to rock Queenslands lower order.
Jason Behrendorf (Western Australia)
Claimed his first 5-fer in the first innings against NSW then took another 4 in the second innings to finish with match figure of 9/100
Sam Rainbird (Tasmania)
As well as having the best surname in first class cricket (Steve Cazzulino is a little unlucky) fast bowler Rainbird also produced the goods in this match taking 3 for 55 and 4 for 40.
The round ahead
A round of day-night matches are scheduled for mid week, starting on Monday March 3 at 2.00pm and using pink balls
Victoria v Tasmania, MCG
Queensland v Western Australia, Gabba
South Australia v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval