South Australia v Tasmania, Glenelg Oval, Adelaide
Tasmania made another string of changes after their shelacking against Queensland in Hobart last round. To accommodate the out of form captain Alex Doolan dropping down the batting order from number 3 to number 5, Tasmania re-jigged there top order with Jordan Silk batting at number 3 and Dom Michael opening with Ed Cowan.
Tasmania batted first and the reshuffled order worked with all 4 batsmen making half centuries. Dom Michael was dismissed just 3 runs shy of a maiden first class hundred and was one of three victims of the occasional off spin of new Redback’s skipper Travis Head. Tasmania managed a total of 364.
In reply South Australia started calamitously with their top 3 all dismissed for ducks to leave the team reeling at 3/2. Tom Cooper (104) and Travis Head (50) righted the innings and thanks to some lower orders runs to Joe Mennie (58) South Australia were dismissed for 295. Best for Tasmania was Jackson Bird with 4 wickets.
In Tasmania’s second innings Beau Webster and Alex Doolan both made half centuries as the Tigers declared with a lead of 288 and gave South Australia two and a half sessions to chase down the target.
Thanks to a brilliant century to Cal Ferguson and a late order 47 off 38 balls to Adam Zampa South Australia chased down the difficult target to win the match.
Points: South Australia 7.36, Tasmania 0.57
Victoria v Queensland, Traegar Park, Alice Springs
Victoria took it’s home match to the Northern Territory and tasted success at their temporary home. David Hussey returned to the line up after a successful Futures League outing replacing Cameron White who was surprisingly made 12th man.
Batting first Queensland were dismissed for 207 with Joe Burns playing a lone hand with 86. For the Bushrangers leg spinner Fawad Ahmed took 5 for 50 and James Pattinson took 3 for 34.
In reply Victoria managed 389 thanks to a century to Rob Quiney and half centuries to Marcus Stoinis and peter Handscomb. Queensland all rounder Michael Phillipson put in a remarkable effort taking 7/106 off 30 overs.
Batting again the Bulls were blown away for 168 with Peter Forrest making nearly half of those runs with 82. Peter Siddle lead the way for the Vics with 3 wickets, Jon Holland and Fawad Ahmed also picked up two wickets each.
Victoria won by an innings and 14 runs inside 3 days, arresting a worrying form slump post BBL. The only negative note for Victoria was James Pattinson bowled just 8 overs in Queensland’s second innings due to a hamstring strain.
Points: Victoria 8.68, Queensland 0.57
New South Wales v Western Australia, Newcastle
New South Wales batted first and were in a lot of trouble until keeper Peter Neville (112) found an unlikely ally in Number 9 Gurindher Sandhu who made 77 to lead the Blues to 345 all out. Débutante WA fast bowler David Moody , nephew of Tom, was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets.
In reply the Warriors were rocked by a pair of run outs to Kurtis Patterson in the space of 5 overs to dismiss Marcus Harris and Michael Klinger. Adam Voges continued his fine form with 87 and he was ably supported by wicket keeper Sam Whiteman with 74. Nathan Lyon took 3 wickets to be the pick of the NSW bowlers as the Warriors were dismissed for 300.
New South Wales second innings collapsed spectacularly with only Scott Henry (43) providing resistance as the Blues were rolled for 97. David Moody impressed again with 3 wickets and Ashton Agar returned the miserly figures of 20-9-22-4.
This left WA the relatively straight forward task of chasing 143 runs for victory in over 2 sessions. As has been the pattern this season it was the veterans Klinger and Voges who did the heavy lifting in the run chase and Voges finished with an unbeaten half century.
In his 54* Voges past 1000 runs in a Shield season for the first time. He is the first batsmen in 6 seasons to reach the milestone; the last batsmen to achieve the feat were Michael Klinger (1205) and Chris Rogers (1195) in 2008/09.
Points: Western Australia 7.27, New South Wales 1.42
The points table
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Leading run scorers
Leading wicket takers
The World Cup has necessitated the moving of Shield matches away from traditional first class venues. Queensland and South Australia have chosen to use suburban venues not far from there capital city home bases. New South Wales has taken their matches to regional areas – Wagga Wagga and Newcastle – as well as suburban Bankstown Oval.
Victoria on the other hand have played politics with the moving of their home Shield matches. To get funding for an upgrade of the Junction Oval, Cricket Victoria have stated that there are no grounds in Victoria up to first class standard other than the MCG. Hmm, interesting considering Afghanistan and UAE played a World Cup warm up match at the Junction Oval in February.
Consequently all three Victorian home games have been moved interstate. Playing two games in Alice Springs is understandable to an extent but in this coming round Victoria play a ‘home’ game against South Australia at Glenelg Oval in Adelaide. If Cricket Victoria had not played politics this match could have been played in regional Victoria in places like Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon or even Geelong.
Newcastle,Wagga Wagga and Alice Springs can host Shield cricket; I’m sure Victorian regional centres have facilities of a similar standard and can likewise host first class cricket.
Cricket Victoria needs to think about playing Cricket IN Victoria.
1. Rob Quiney (Victoria)
Quiney scored his 10th first class hundred in Alice Springs.
2. Dom Micahel (Tasmania)
Michael was thrust in as opener in the Tigers batting reshuffle and responded with 97, just shy of his maiden first class hundred.
3. Cal Ferguson (South Australia)
Ferguson’s final innings 117 lead South Australia to a successful run chase
4. Tom Cooper (South Australia)
Cooper held together the Redbacks first innings with 102.
5. Adam Voges (Western Australia)
A pair of half centuries to the WA skipper guided his team to victory and continues his amazing run of good form.
6. Peter Neville (New South Wales) +
Made a fist innings century that kept the Blues in the match, and completed sa stumping to dismiss his opposite number, Sam Whiteman.
7. Michael Phillipson (Queensland)
A great allround display taking 7 wickets and making 70 odd runs. A name to look out for in coming seasons
8. Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Captured 4 second innings wickets against New South Wales to help dismiss them for 97 and set WA on the path to victory.
9. Jackson Bird (Tasmania)
Bird took 5 wickets for the match against South Australia and has been steadily improving since his return from injury.
10. David Moody (Western Australia)
The pace bowler made a fine debut taking 7 wickets which didn’t include any cheap tail end wickets. In the first innings it was 4 wickets in the top 6 and he removed the top 3 in the second innings.
11. Fawad Ahmed (Victoria)
The legspinner returned to form with 5/50 in Queensland’s first innings and followed up with another 2 in the second innings.
The round ahead
Matches start on Thursday
New South Wales v Tasmania, Bankstown Oval, Sydney
Queensland v Western Australia, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
Victoria v South Australia, Glenelg Oval, Adelaide