New South Wales v Victoria
In a low scoring affair at Robertson Oval in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales scored an outright victory and Victoria were consigned to their second 3 day outright defeat in a fortnight.
Batting first New South Wales were bundled out for just 206 but in reply Victoria were blown away for just 114 in 47 overs with spin doing most of the damage. Nathan Lyon took 3 wickets and Steve O’Keefe 4 before Doug Bollinger claimed a hatrick to clean up the Victorian tail. Marcus Stoinis played a lone hand making 56% of the Bushrangers runs with 64.
In the second innings the Blues were held together by Nic Maddinson’s 93, the highest score of the match, and were all out for 233 in 50 overs. This set the Vics a victory target of 326 but they were dismissed for 169 with Peter Handscomb providing the only resistance with 66. Spin was the key again, with Lyon and O’Keefe each claiming 4 wickets.
Points: New South Wales 7.56, Victoria 1.50
Tasmania v Queensland
This game was even shorter wrapped up in two days as Tasmania crashed to an humiliating innings defeat. In selection news Tim Paine returned to keeping duties for the Tigers and fast bowler Mark Steketee debuted for Queensland.
Tasmania batted first and despite a fine 71 to Ben Dunk were dismissed for 149. James Hopes was the pick of the Queensland bowlers with 4 wickets. In reply Queensland started with a century opening partnership thanks to half centuries to Chris Hemphreys and Joe Burns. However they then slumped to 7 for 181 before skipper James Hopes righted the ship for the Bulls.
Hopes scored 98 off 79 balls with 12 fours and 2 sixes and lead the Bulls to 320. Jackson Bird (remember him?) took 4 wickets for Tasmania.
Facing a defecit of 171 on the first innings, Tasmania were run through by débutante Stekete with 4/33 and second gamer Simon Milenko with 5/15 off 10 overs. The Tigers were all out for 121 to lose by an innings and 50 runs.
Ducks galore in this match with 3 first ball ducks and 3 second ball ducks in amongst 9 ducks in total. Ed Cowan made a pair and Tasmania need to have a good look at their batting order.
Points: Queensland 8.30, Tasmania 1.50
South Australia v Western Australia
In complete contrast to the other two low scoring matches that finished days early this match in the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg was a high scoring, thrilling draw.
South Australia batted first and ran up a total of 469 that unusually contained no individual century makers but five half centuries. The best was Tom Cooper’s 83 whilst for the Warriors Ashton Agar took 5/133.
In reply Western Australia posted 633 all out with their first innings not finishing until the morning of the final day. Like the last round, the Western Australian innings was anchored by the two veterans in the century making form of their careers – Adam Voges and Michael Klinger. Both went big with Klinger making 151 and Voges 249 as they shared a 309 run partnership. The only other run scorer of note was Ashton Agar who made a rapid half century with 64 off 47 balls.
South Australia were 171 runs behind on the first innings and looked in deep trouble in their second innings when they slipped to 9/171. Enter Adam Zampa, the number 9 batsmen who made 75 and used up a valuable 20 overs in a last wicket partnership of 67 with Garry Putland. Ashton Agar was the destroyer with the ball claiming another 5 wickets, 5/81 off 30 overs, to achieve his maiden 10 wicket haul in first class cricket.
This left the Warriors chasing 75 in 9 overs for victory and they almost made it. T20 hitter Shaun Marsh opened the innings and reduced the target to 15 required from the last over. Despite hitting a six and scrambling some singles and two’s the Warriors needed 4 off the last ball but could manage only a single to fall 3 runs short of victory; Marsh had scored 44 off 29 balls.
Points: Western Australia 2.79, South Australia 2.21
|New South Wales||35.59|
There were some interesting performances in the Victoria v Tasmania Futures League match played during this Shield round.
Opener Travis Dean made 187* not out in Victoria’s first innings of 3/381 declared. Tasmanian skipper Jonathan Wells took 3/43 off 7 overs of what looks to have been deceleration bowling.
Wells then took a more familiar position at the crease and made 128 opening for the Tigers U23s. James Pattinson continues his managed program of bowling and took 3/45 off 15 overs.
In Victoria’s second innings captain Dave Hussey scored 167 on his return to cricket after a broken hand in the BBL.
1. Mark Cosgrove (South Australia)
In a poor round for openers, Cosgrove top scored with 74.
2. Nic Maddinson (New South Wales)
93 was the highest score at Wagga by a fair margin, Maddinson showed he is more than a BBL slogger.
3. Michael Klinger (Western Australia)
The run machine delivered again for the Warriors, this time 151.
4. Adam Voges(Western Australia)
The rich vein of century scoring form continues this time with 249 against South Australia
5. Peter Neville (New South Wales) +
Neville made a vital half century in a low scoring tussle against Victoria.
6. James Hopes (Queensland)
Hopes loves some late season form and for the past 2 season’s has played his best cricket post BBL. Here he made 98 and took 4 first innings wickets.
7. Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Agar took his first 10 wicket haul with 5-fers in both innings.
8. Steve O’Keefe (New South Wales)
Two 4 wicket hauls meant meant match figures of 8/86 for the one test player.
9. Simon Milenko (Queensland)
Milenko took his first 5 wicket haul in just his second match. 5/15 off 10 overs – good figures.
10. Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Part of the spin twins that accounted fro Victoria, 7 wickets for Lyon.
11. Doug Bollinger (New South Wales)
A hatrick against Victoria, well bowled Dougie.
The round ahead
Shield cricket ventures to Alice Springs and returns to Newcastle
South Australia v Tasmania, Glenelg Oval
New South Wales v Western Australia, Newcastle
Victoria v Queensland, Alice Springs