The tragic passing of Phil Hughes brought to a close all three Sheffield Shield matches in the round.
New South Wales v South Australia at the SCG was abandoned. Whilst the Victoria v Western Australia game at the MCG and the Queensland v Tasmania game at Alan Border Field in Brisbane were abandoned at the end of the first days play.
All matches were declared a draw and all teams were awarded 1 point.
Some notable performances from the first day’s play were Western Australian pair Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh recording contrasting centuries against Victoria. Opener Bancroft was circumspect and solid in defence whilst Marsh brought up his century in style with three consecutive sixes of leg spinner Fawad Ahmed.
Tasmania were dismissed cheaply in Brisbane, all out for 217, with Luke Feldman and James Hopes taking 4 wickets each.
South Australia batted first at the SCG. Phillip Hughes will remain forever 63 not out.
Phillip Hughes’ Sheffield Shield Record
|Team||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||Highest score||Average||100||50||Catches|
|New South Wales||38||69||5||3360||198||52.5||10||20||29|
Vale Phillip Hughes
India played a pair of 2 day matches against the Cricket Australia XI at Adelaide’s Glenelg Oval.
In the first match, the CA XI was mainly state 2nd XI players with one player of note being 16 year old Victorian off spinner Sam Grimwade. He most recently played for Australia’s U19 team against Sri Lanka and had to complete Year 11 school exams after the days play.
Perfomrances of note were regular NSW opener Ryan Carters scored 58 and late call up Harry Neilsen (Tim Neilsen’s son) made 43 batting at number 10. India easily surpassed the CA XI total with 5 players recording half centuries.
The second tour match was postponed by a week and the CA XI was bolstered by a number of regular Tasmanian players: Jordan Silk, Evan Gulbis and Sam Rainbird and Victorian all rounder Alex Keath. Highly rated youngster Jake Doran also played in the week he turned 18. The Australian U19 representative already has a New South Wales contract. Notable performances included half centuries to Jordan Silk and Young Victorian keeper Seb Gotch, Whilst Indian paceman Varun Aaron took 4 wickets. New South Wlaes paceman Josh Lalor also took 4 wickets for the CA XI.
One Australian U19 representative who wasn’t in Adelaide was the captain of the side in the recent series against Sri Lanka, Victorian Patrick McKenna. He chose to follow his AFL dream instead of cricket and was drafted by the Greater Western Sydney Giant with pick 23 in the AFL draft in late November.
The ACT v Tasmania Futures League match at Manuka Oval went ahead as planned last week, with an extended break in the middle of Day 3 to allow players to watch the funeral of Phillip Hughes.
Tasmania continue to be captained by veteran all rounder Luke Butterworth and were lead to victory by 215 to Ben Dunk and 106 to débutante Trent Keep. ACT captain and former Tasmania and New South Wales player David Dawson scored a century but ultimately the ACT had no answer to the left arm orthodox spin of Clive Rose who took 4/67 and 6/61 for a 10 wicket haul.
The round ahead:
The round has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday December 9
Western Australia v Victoria, WACA
New South Wales v Queensland, SCG
Tasmania v South Australia, Bellerive Oval