2014/15 Sheffield Shield Round Up 3

The results

Tasmania v Western Australia at Bellerive Oval

Tasmania made four changes to their XI omitting Dom Michael, Evan Gulbis, Hamish Kingston and Xavier Doherty (national duty) and replacing them with Ben Dunk, James Faulkner – playing his first Shield game in a year – Ben Hilfenhaus and Clive Rose.

Western Australia presented a more settled line up, swapping Ashton’s – Turner out for Agar – and young left arm quick Jason Behrendorf was rested replaced by Andrew Tye.

Western Australia batted first  and managed 301 thanks to an even 100 from Michael Klinger. In reply Tasmania managed just 247 with 6 players scoring in the 20’s and 30’s with their top scorers being Ben Hilfenhaus scoring 39 off 40 balls at number 9.  Simon Mackin was the pick of the WA bowlers with 4/54.

In it’s second innings Western Australia accumulated runs on day 3 declaring during the first session on day 4 with Adam Voges on 109* . The Warriors had a lead of  325 runs and 71 overs to bowl out Tasmania for outright victory. Tasmania stumbled to 8/190 in the 57th over but  James Faulkner (63 not out) and Sam Rainbird (0 not out from 40 balls) managed to secure a draw for the Tigers with Faulkner dropped on the fourth last ball to a very tough chance at short leg.

Simon Mackin picked up another 4 wickets in the second innings but Western Australia may rue not giving themselves more time to bowl out Tasmania after not accelerating the scoring rate late on day 3 when, on a good pitch with tight but not threatening bowling Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh scored just 65 runs from 202 balls.

Points: Western Australia 2.85, Tasmania 1.47

Adam Voges in action
Western Australia’s skipper Adam Voges in action

Queensland v New South Wales at the Gabba

The big news was Ryan Harris returned for Queensland along with a trio of Australian T20 representatives in leg spinner Cameron Boyce, fast bowler Ben Cutting and batsmen Nathan Reardon. Those to make way were Jason Floros, Alister McDermott and Nick Stevens.

20 year old batsmen Stevens can be considered a little unlcuky to be replaced by Reardon. Stevens scored a century in the first match of the season just his 4th Shield match and yet has lost his spot to 30 year old Reardon, who has a modest record of 1 century and an average of just 26 across 22 Shield matches in 6 seasons. Certainly Shield teams need to be a blend between youth and experience but I fail to see the benefit of playing Reardon ahead of Stevens in this instance.

New South Wales welcomed back internationals Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson and Sean Abbott.

Queensland batted first and totalled 9/472 declared thanks to 183 to Joe Burns, a patient 93 to Peter Forrest and a quick fire 95 to Nathan Reardon – vindicating his selection. In reply New South Wales managed 302 with the innings held together by 118 to Nic Maddinson and a half century to Sean Abbott. Best bowlers for Queensland were Luke Feldman with 5/83 and Ryan Harris with 3/59

Queensland slumped to 7/72 in its second innings before some late order hitting from veterans James Hopes (69 off 60 balls with 10 fours) and Ryan Harris (50 off balls) got the Bulls back on track and set NSW a victory target of 325. There were several contentious dismissals in Queensland’s second innings including Chris Hartley (for a pair) that lead to Bulls coach Stuart Law approaching the match referee for an explanation of the performance of umpire Shawn Craig – the former golden child of Victorian cricket.

It mattered not though with the Blues crumbling to 182 all out with only Peter Nevill providing resistance with 66 not out. Ryan Harris decimated the top order taking 4/59.

Points Queensland  8.86, New South Wales 1.02

South Australia v Victoria at Adelaide Oval

In their third consecutive game at Adelaide Oval to start the season, South Australia made two changes rotating fast bowlers again with Dan Worrall making way for Gary Putland who was fit again after a calf strain. Andrew McDonald missed due to illness and was replaced by Mark Cosgrove.

Victoria made four changes: Chris Rogers returned replacing rookie opener David King a the top of the order, Cameron White replaced Alex Keath, Clint McKay made way for Peter Siddle and spinner Jon Holland replaced fast bowler Scott Boland.

South Australia declared their first innings at 8/431 a total underpinned by fine centuries to two batsmen who have taken on greater responsibility this season. Callum Ferguson has been elevated to number three this year and scored 143, he was ably supported by wicket keeper Tim Ludeman who has moved up to the number 6 position as of last round. He scored his second first class century with 106.

In reply Chris Rogers showed he was in good form for the first Test against INdia with 107 his 71st fisrt class century. Peter Handscomb made 134 his second century of the summer, and was ably supported by Marcus Stoinis (90), Dave Hussey (81) and Dan Christian (89) as the Bushrangers batted South Australia out of the match declaring at a mammoth 6/607 during the first session on day 4.

South Australia had 81 overs to face to bat out a draw but were blown away in just 41 overs for 130 with Peter Siddle taking 5/31 and Fawad Ahmed 3/12.

Points: Victoria 7.24, South Australia 1.15

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Peter Siddle takes another wicket against South Australia

The points table

Teams Won Lost Draw Pts
Western Australia 2 0 1 19.64
Victoria 2 1 0 18.38
South Australia 1 2 0 10.7
Tasmania 1 1 1 10.65
Queensland 1 2 0 10.1
New South Wales 1 2 0 10.05

Journalists

Shield cricket doesn’t get a whole lot of  media coverage until there is a biased article and an ensuing twitter fight.

Journalist, Richard Earle, didn’t appreciate Victoria’s tactics on Day 3 of the Shield match in Adelaide.

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The full article is here but unfortunately I can’t find a clip of Wayne Phillips singing on YouTube.

Victorian assistant coach Trent Woodhill, decided to stick the article on the change room wall to inspire the Vics. It seems strange to me that a newspaper article would be used to induce a better performance from professional athletes but there you go. Woodhill then decided to let Richard Earle know what he thought of his work.

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Earle took it all in his stride but the same can’t be said for Courier Mail scribe Ben Dorries. He started with a valid point


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And then attacked Trent Woodhill in bizarre style, tangling with the Bushangers social media in the process.

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Bushrangers 1 – Ben Dorries 0

Futures League

A full round of 3 Futures League matches were played this week. Tasmania defeated New South Wales thanks to 3/23 and 4/45 to forgotten Australian paceman Jackson Bird, 171 to Dom Michael and 97 to 19 year old Sean Willis. Opening bowler Harry Conway was the sole shining light for New South Wales taking 6 wickets.

Tom Triffit played 10 first class matches for Tasmania  including a Shield final victory across 2010/11- 2011/12 as a replacement for Tim Paine who suffered multiple finger breaks. In April 2012 with Paine back fit, Trifiit moved to WA where there was a keeping vacancy due to Luke Ronchi moving to New Zealand. Triffit’s stint in Western Australia did not go smoothly, he was replaced by Sam Whiteman as keeper in all forms of the game and was sacked in January this year after a wild night during a Futures League match led to him being arrested and charged with theft.

Since then Triffit has returned home to Tasmania and this was his first interstate game since that incident. Despite a first ball duck Triffit did take three catches in each innings. He’s now 3rd in line for the keeping gloves at Tasmania behind Paine and Ben Dunk but hopefully, at just 24 years old, he has his career back on track.

ACT were beaten by Western Australia who had Australian test spinner Michael Beer playing and young fast bowler, David Moody nephew of Tom. Hank Cartwright top scored for WA with 146.

South Australia and Victoria met in Adelaide in a high scoring draw. South Australia’s openers made plenty of runs with Kelvin Smith making 136 and 96 and Sam Raphael 149 not out. Victoria’s best batsmen was Matthew Brown with 10o exactly while the best performed bowlers with 5 wicket hauls each were Jake Haberfield for Victoria and Dan Worrall for South Australia.

Tour matches

This is one of the issues with the block format of the Sheffield Shield with games played simultaneously  in rounds – state teams are not able to play tour matches. Instead touring teams play against teams such as the Cricket Australia XI  which are generally a rag tag bunch of state 2nd XI/Futures League players, supplemented with a few experienced Shield players.

India are playing two 2 day warm up matches in Adelaide which seems to me to be wholly inadequate preparation for a Test series. Really a 4 day game against a genuine Australia A team (not some experimental line up full of all-rounders as per 2012) would be much better preparation.

India will face off against Cricket Australia XI on Monday November 24 and Tuesday November 25 at Glenleg Oval before playing the Cricket Australia Invitational XI at Adelaide Oval on Friday November 28 and Saturday November 29.

Both of these matches overlap with the next round of the Sheffield Shield which runs from Tuesday to Friday. So it is highly unlikely that the opposition in either match will be of first class standard. The squad announced included only Ryan Carters and Gurinder Sandhu from New South Wales who could be considered regular Shield players.

Also there is no Chairman’s XI match this season, most disappointing to purists who enjoy the annual tour match in Canberra.

The XI

1. Joe Burns (Queensland)

Burns recorded his highest first class score with 183

2. Chris Rogers (Victoria)

Rogers recorded his 71st first class century with 107 at the Adeliade Oval.

3. Callumn Ferguson (South Australia)

Ferguson has settled into the number 3 role for South Australia making his second century of the summer. Michael Klinger was unlucky having made 100 in Hobart.

4. Nic Maddinson (New South Wales)

The batsmen with the worst haircut in first class cricket made 116 in the NSW second innings.

5. Adam Voges (Western Australia)

The captain lead from the from in WA’s second innings with 109 not out but may regret not leaving enough time to bowl out Tasmania for the win.

6. Peter Handscomb (Victoria)

Handscomb continued his fine form this summer, he only has one score less then 96 so far this summer

7. Tim Ludeman (South Australia)

Acknowledged as being the best gloveman in the country, Ludeman showed his batting skills are suited to his elevation to the number 6 position with 106.

8. Ryan Harris (Queensland)

Returned to first class cricket with  7 wickets and biffed a quick fire half century with the bat

9. Peter Siddle (Victoria)

5/31 for Siddle in South Australia’s second innings took Victoria to outright victory

10. Luke Feldman (Queensland)

Took a five wicket haul at the Gabba

11.Simon Mackin (Western Australia)

8 wickets for the match against Tasmania in Hobart.

The round ahead

Most if not all of the Australian Test team should be playing in the 4th round of the Sheffield Shield.

Victoria v Western Australia, MCG

New South Wales v South Australia, SCG

Queensland v Tasmania, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

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