Spectacular Day 4 collapses and two twin century makers highlighted this round.
Tasmania v South Australia, Bellerive Oval
South Australian bowlers Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa and Dan Worall chose not to play following the death of Phillip Hughes; in their absence Trent Lawford earned a recall.
Tasmania made a big selection call dropping Tim Paine and picking Ben Dunk as wicket keeper. Paine’s modest batting record – 1 first class century, 8 years ago, without the gloves – may have prompted the selection change. It is a big story because, when fit, Paine has been Tasmania’s first choice keeper since 2007/08.
Ed Cowan, with a remodelled technique and more attacking attitude, dominated this match scoring twin centuries – 147 and 158 for a total of 315 for the match.
Batting first and lead by Cowan’s 147, Tasmania managed 362. South Australia’s best bowlers were Joe Mennie with 4/68 and Trent Lawford returned to first class cricket in style taking a five wicket haul with 5/82.
In reply South Australia could only manage 302 with a collection of individual half centuries. Tasmania’s second innings was once again built around Ed Cowan who scored more then half the team total with 157 out of 8/298 declared.
Set 359 for victory South Australia were abysmal collapsing to 4/5 as Ben Hilfenhaus ripped through the top order taking 3 for 0 in 4 overs. Hilfenhaus finished with bowling figures of 14-11-11-5 as South Australia were routed for 45 all out in 39 overs. Callum Feguson top scored for the Redbacks with 11 off 94 balls in an innings containing 5 ducks.
Tasmania won by 313 runs.
Points: Tasmania 8.73, South Australia 2.02
New South Wales v Queensland, SCG
For New South Wales Nic Maddison elected not to play in this match and captain Moises Henriques returned from a calf injury. 31 year old New Zealand born off spinner William Somerville was recalled. In a topical matter, batsmen Ben Rhorer has not played since he was struck on the head and concussed against Victoria on November 3.
Queensland played two spinners at the SCG – legspinner Cameron Boyce and debutante off spinner Cameron Brimblecombe. Brimblecombe has now replaced Sam Rainbird as having the best name in Australian domestic cricket.
Batting first Queensland were bowled out for 268 with veteran skipper James Hopes top scoring with 85 at number 8. The New South Wales first innings was hampered by rain on Day 2 and more so on Day 3 with only 47 overs bowled on the day.
Opener Ryan Carters put in a marathon effort batting on all 4 days of the match to score 198 off 432 balls before being bowled by a ripper delivery form legspinner Cameron Boyce just 2 runs short of his maiden first class double hundred. Carters was ably supported by Kurtis Patterson who made his second first class ton with 126.
During the New South Wales innings Queensland were severely hampered with injuries to Ben Cutting, who managed just 4 overs and Luke Feldman who bowled 12 overs. The Bulls were left with only 3 bowlers who bowled plenty: Hopes (47 overs), Cameron Boyce (43.2 overs) and Brimblecombe (43 overs)
Queensland’s second innings was a disaster with them collapsing from 3/74 to 99 all out losing 7/25 as Sean Abbott ripped through the middle and lower order taking 6/14 off 7 overs.
New South Wales won by an innings and 80 runs.
Points: New South Wales 8.07, Queensland 0.68
Western Australia v Victoria, WACA
For Western Australia opener Marcus Harris was dropped and replaced by 24 year old batsmen Tom Beaton, who hadn’t played a Shield match since Novemeber 2011. Instead of easing Beaton back into the team at number 5 or 6 Beaton was thrust into the number 3 position with Michael Klinger, who has been a rock at number 3 this season, moving up to open.
For Victoria, their best batsmen this season, Peter Handscomb missed due to a finger injury suffered at training the day prior to the game. Marcus Stoinis who has batted at number 3 this season moved up to open and Dan Christian came in at number 3 to make it two unlikely number 3 batsmen in this match.
Batting first Victoria made 350 thanks to 92 to Rob Quiney and a quick fire half century – 53 (51 balls) – to Aaron Finch batting at number 5, a position at which he had some success playing county cricket for Yorkshire in the winter and perhaps he is better suited in red ball cricket rather than opening.
In reply Western Australia were bowled out for 287 with the innings held together by 101 to Adam Voges.
Victoria’s second innings was a blitz, the Bushrangers ran up 3/341 off 58 overs at 5.8 runs per over. Marcus Stoinis made 99 off 92 balls, Dan Christian made 105 off 99 balls and Cameron White made 91 off 97 balls. The only sour note for Victoria was there was only one century maker not three. The WA bowlers to suffer the most were Sam Makin 10.4-1-81-2 and in particular Ashton Agar 11-0-105-0 at 9.5 runs per over.
Set 405 for victory, WA got off to the worst possible start with Cameron Bancroft dismissed off the second ball of the innings. The Warriors slumped to 5/111 before Adam Voges and Ashton Agar, 62, steadied with a 150 run partnership. Agar was dismissed by Dan Christian who collected three lower order wickets in quick succession to snuff out any hope of a WA revival. The Warriors were bowled out for 287, as per their first innings with Adam Voges not out on 139, his second century of the match.
Victoria won by 117 runs
Points: Victoria 8.83, Western Australia 1.37
|New South Wales||5||2||2||1||19.12|
With the Sheild season now at it’s half way point it’s time to have a look at the leading run scorers and wicket takers
|AC Voges||(Western Australia)||5||9||509||139*||101.8||3||1|
|CT Bancroft||(Western Australia)||5||9||461||132||51.22||2||2|
|CJ Ferguson||(South Australia)||5||9||382||140||54.57||2||1|
|SE Marsh||(Western Australia)||5||7||371||134*||61.83||2||1|
|RGL Carters||(New South Wales)||4||7||336||198||48||1||1|
|NJ Rimmington||(Western Australia)||5||19||19.31||2.76||41.8|
|SA Abbott||(New South Wales)||3||14||19.21||3.9||29.5|
|SP Mackin||(Western Australia)||4||14||22.14||3.14||42.2|
|JP Behrendorff||(Western Australia)||4||14||26.71||3.57||44.8|
|J Botha||(South Australia)||5||13||38.84||2.96||78.6|
1. Ed Cowan (Tasmania)
A century in each innings and 315 runs in total for the match
2. Ryan Carters (New South Wales)
Scored his highest first class score with 198
3. Dan Christian (Victoria)
A rapid 105 off 96 balls set up Victoria’s victory
4. Adam Voges (Western Australia)
A century in each innings,101 and 139* which was over 40% of WA’s runs
5. Kurtis Patterson (New South Wales)
Recorded his second first class hundred with 126
6. Matthew Wade (Victoria) +
6 catches and a patient half century in Victoria’s first innings.
7. James Hopes (Queensland)
Scored 85 runs and took three wickets against New South Wales
8. Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
Ripped apart the Queensland batting order in the second innings with 6/14 in 7 overs to deliver NSW victory
9. Trent Lawford (South Australia)
Returned to first class action for the first time this season with a five wicket haul
10. Cameron Boyce (Queensland)
Bowled a whopping 43 overs in the New South Wales first innings and took 4 wickets including a gem to dismiss Ryan Carters
11. Ben Hilfenhaus (Tasmania)
Tore the South Australian batting line up to shreds in the second innings taking 5/11 to go with 3 wickets in the first innings
The round ahead…
The Sheffield Shield takes a break until February 7 to accommodate the Big Bash which begins next Thursday December 18.