2014/15 Sheffield Shield Round Up 10

The final round began with Western Australia New South Wales and Victoria vying for a spot in the Shield final and with home ground advantage up for grabs.

The results

A real run fest to finish the season with a glut of centuries made across all 3 matches.

Victoria v Tasmania, Treagar Park, Alice Springs 

On the eve of this match Ed Cowan quit Tasmanian cricket to return to Sydney for family reasons and decided to hold a press conference to announce this.

Call me a traditionalist, but really 6 seasons and 53 first class games for Tasmania does not warrant a media conference. Firstly Cowan should have seen out the season with Tasmania and played the last game of the season. His farwell to Tasmanian cricket should have been a wave to the crowd at the end of the game and a press statement the day after.

I have no issue with his reasons for leaving Tasmania but his handling of the situation made it all about him, which to me is not in line with the ethos of a team sport.

On the field, Victoria batted first and made 449 thanks to centuries to Peter Handscomb and Matthew Wade as well as half centuries to Chris Rogers and Marcus Stoinis. Tasmania’s best bowlers was the consistent fast bowler Andrew Fekete with 5/66.

In reply Tasmania were blown away for just 145 iwth only opener Dom Michael providing any resistance with 52 and number 11 Jackson Bird had a late heave-ho to make 26. Off spinner Jon Holland did the damage for the Vics taking 6 for 41 in 17 overs with 8 maidens.

Victoria didn’t enforced the follow on and instead raced to a lead of with Rogers, Stoinis and Hussey making hay while the Central Australian sun shined.

In it’s final innings of the summer Tasmania folded quicker than Superman on laundry day. All out for 134 in  54 overs, Victoria won by 400 runs. Ex-Victorian batsmen endured a nightmare debut for Tasmania collecting a pair.

Points: Victoria 8.89, Tasmania 0.5

Matthew Wade and Rob Quiney have enjoyed Victoria's games in Alice Springs
Matthew Wade and Rob Quiney have enjoyed Victoria’s games in Alice Springs

Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA

This battle between two sides vying for potential hosting rights of the Shield final was severely interrupted by rain on the first two days and ended in a high scoring draw.

New South Wales batted first and made 409 due to 98 to Nic Maddinson and 145 to skipper Moises Henriques, just his 4th first class century. Best for the Wariors were Nathan Rimmington, a very consistent performer this season, and Nathan Coulter-Nile with 3 wickets each.

In reply Western Australia batted New South Wales into submission. Opener Cam Bancroft 211 made and Michael Klinger made 161 with the pair sharing a 324 run partnership. That man, Adam Voges chimed in with another half century making 83.

Voges’ 83 take him to 1215 runs for the season and places him as 8th best Shield season for runs. With one match to go he requires just 40 more runs to break into the top 4.

The Wariors batted for 206 overs, including 62 sent down by Nathan Lyon, and NSW gave just about everyone a bowl including 1 over from wicket keeper Peter Neville and oddly just 1 ball from Nic Maddinson before the game was called off. Western Australia finished on 3 for 483.

Despite outscoring NSW, WA gained less points from this game but did secure there spot in the Shield final.

Points:  New South Wales 2.44, Western Australia 1.36

Queensland v South Australia, The Gabba, Brisbane

South Australia batted first and were dismissed for 230 with leg spinner Adam Zampa, batting at number 8, topscoring with 67. The next highest run scorer was Nick Benton with 33, a fast bowler making his début and batting at number 11.

Best for Queensland were the new ball pairing of evergreen skipper James Hopes (4/38) and ex-South Australian Peter George (3/47).

In reply Queensland managed 382 thanks to a maiden century to Chris Hemphrey batting at number 3 in his 5th Shield match. Nick Benton impressed dismissing the top 3 on his way to 4 wickets. It is rather disturbing when your best performing player is a débutante but such are the doldrums that SA cricket find themselves in.

South Australia sparked up a bit in their second dig with 103 off 97 balls to Mark Cosgrove and 107 to Cal Ferguson plus 50s to Cooper, Head and Lehmann. The Redbacks were well placed at 5/428 but then collapsed to be all out 458. Ben Cutting showed his stint in the Futures League did him good as he took 5 for 88 in the innings.

This left Queensland needing 299 runs in 60 odd overs. Enter Joe Burns,who opened the innings and made 135 not out to lead the Bulls home with 5 wickets in hand . He was ably supported by Peter Forrest with 81 and 2nd gamer Jack Wildermuth came in late and sealed the victory belting 3 sixes on his way to 32 off 17 balls. Queensland had won with overs to spare.

Points: Queensland 7.59, South Australia 0.8

Points table

Team Won Lost Draw Points
Victoria 6 3 1 57.43
Western Australia 5 1 4 49.84
New South Wales 5 3 2 47.26
Queensland 4 5 1 38.99
Tasmania 2 6 2 27.61
South Australia 2 6 2 24.91

Leading run scorer

Name Matches Runs Highest Score Averagae 100 50
Adam Voges 10 1215 249 101.25 5 5
Michael Klinger 10 983 190 61.43 4 3
Cal Ferguson 10 836 140 52.25 4 3
Ed Cowan 9 815 158 47.94 4 2
Cam Bancroft 10 803 211 47.23 3 2
Joe Burns 10 793 183 52.86 2 4
Peter Neville 10 764 235* 76.4 2 3
Marcus Stoinis 9 730 99 52.14 0 9
Shaun March 10 700 164* 70 3 2
Mark Cosgrove 9 686 103 40.35 1 5

Leading wicket taker

Player Matches Wickets Averagae Strike rate
Fawad Ahmed 10 40 26.32 46.3
Andrew Fekete 10 37 24.1 48.1
Nathan Rimmington 9 32 23.31 48.4
James Hopes 9 30 21.96 60.5
Steve O’Keefe 9 28 23.21 60.9
Ashton Agar 8 27 30.22 55.8
Peter Siddle 6 25 17.32 40.5
Doug Bollinger 8 24 25.12 53.9
Scott Boland 7 24 25.37 52.7
Sean Abbott 8 23 27.21 51.3

The Shield Final

The Junction Oval saga added another chapter this week. Despite Cricket Australia saying if Victoria hosted the final it would be at the Junction Oval Cricket Victoria countered by saying the venue wasn’t fit for First Class cricket.

With the MCG unavailable for the World Cup Victoria nominated Bellerive Oval as the venue for the Shield final and this was approved by Cricket Australia.

Western Australia considered challenging this decision given the playing conditions for the season stated that if the team that finished on top couldn’t host the final in their own state then it would be hosted by the team that finished second.

Bizarrely WA said they were OK with the decision of NSW to host last years final (also against WA) in Canberra because the ACT is encircled by NSW. Wierd! It’s still not in NSW!

WA decide to drop the legal challenge – massive surprise. If I were cynical I would say this was a Cricket Australia beat up to try to generate publicity for an event , the Shield final, that doesn’t get much air time.

Tasmanian batting

Tasmania did not pass 400 once with the bat this season. They only passed 300 twice – both against South Australia.

Here are there scores for the season

215, 242, 253, 2/200, 247, 8/215, 217, 362, 8/298, 272, 213, 149, 121, 364, 219/5, 237, 183, 145, 134

That is 4286 runs for the loss of 173 wickets. In comparison Adam Voges has made 1215 runs.

Chris Hemphrey

Hemphrey, a right-hander who bowls off-spin, was born in Yorkshire and played 2nd XI county cricket for Kent, Essex and Derbyshire up until 2012.

He has been been playing grade cricket in Brisbane and became a permanent resident of Australia last year. This season he made his Queensland 2nd XI debut scoring 140 against NSW before stepping up to make his first class debut for Queensland in February. His first innings was a duck but things have improved since then with a half century in his second match and now a maiden hundred.

His story is an interesting one as it is often Aussies playing in the UK not vice versa.

The XI

1. Joe Burns (Queensland)

Lead the bulls to victory with 135 not out in the second innings.

2. Cameron Bancroft (Western Australia)

A maiden double century to the Warriors opener who has been quiet since the BBL until now.

3. Michael Klinger (Western Australia)

Maxy keeps churning out the runs, this time 161.

4. Moises Henriques (New South Wales)

Henriques made 145, his 4th first class century. This man has played Test cricket.

5. Peter Handscomb (Victoria)

Handscomb made his 4th century of this season.

6. Matthew Wade (Victoria)

Matthew Wade scored a hundred and patted a dingo in Alice Springs.

7. Ben Cutting (Queensland)

Cutting returned for Queensland and returned to form with 5 for 88.

8. James Hopes (Queensland)

4 wickets for the Queensland skipper in the Redbacks first innings.

9. Nick Benton (South Australia)

4 wickets on début in a batsmen’s round earned Benton a spot

10. Jon Holland (Victoria)

Holland ripped through the Tasmanian batting line up claiming 6/41 in the first innings.

11. Fawad Ahmed (Victoria)

It was the other Victorian spinners turn in the second innings taking 5 for 35.

The Shield Final

Saturday March 21 – Wednesday March 25

Victoria v Western Australia, Bellerive Oval, Hobart


2014/15 Sheffield Shield Round Up 9

The results

Victoria v South Australia, Glenelg Oval, Adelaide

The Vics took their home game on the road to the home ground of the opposition. Cameron White once again did not make the starting XI. I am surprised at how little coverage this has got and I feel there is more to this decision than a form slump for the former skipper, White.

White has been replaced by Dave Hussey, the veteran who was made Future’s League captain at the start of the season to assist with a transition into coaching and was not guaranteed  to be picked in the Shield team even if his form warranted it.

This suggests to me that, for whatever reason, White will not be at the Bushrangers next season.

To the cricket, Victoria batted first and ran up a total of 6 declared for 534. Rob Quiney made another century, adding to his one in in the previous round, and Dave Hussey made 142 off 170 balls with 19 fours and 2 sixes. Matthew Wade chipped in with 83 as the Vics rattled along at close to 4 runs an over.

In reply South Australia were terrible, bowled out for 175 with only débutante number 6, Jake Lehmann , son of Darren, scoring a half century. Peter Siddle destroyed the Redbacks taking 8 for 54. Unusually Victoria did choose to enforce the follow on and the Redbacks started brightly with both openers, Kelvin Smith and Mark Cosgrove recording half centuries in an opening stand of 137. After the opening stand was broken however, only Travis Head provided substantial resistance with 85 – the wait for his maiden first class hundred continues.

South Australia were dismissed for 358 in their second innings to lose by an innings and 1 run. The wickets were shared around by the Victorians with Marcus Stoinis claiming 3 wickets and Scott Boland, Fawad Ahmed and Dan Christian 2 apiece.

Points: Victoria 9.05, South Australia 0

I believe this is the first time a team has scored 0 points under the new scoring system introduced this season – an unwanted record for South Australia.

Peter Siddle tore apart the Redbacks with 8 for 54

New South Wales v Tasmania, Bankstown Oval, Sydney

Tasmania batted first and as has been their problem all season, the batting spluttered and failed. The Tigers were dismissed for 237 with 7 batsmen scoring between 19 and 39, getting a start but failing to convert into meaningful runs. The only batsmen to record a half century was Jordan Silk with 54. The best bowlers for New South Wales were the spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe with both taking 3 wickets.

In reply New South Wales were in all sorts of trouble at 6 for 110. However Steve O’Keefe (87) and number 9 Gurinder Sandhu rescued the situation and lead NSW to 394. Sandhu made 97 not out and shared a century partnership for the 9th wicket with Nathan Lyon (42) before number 11 Doug Bollinger couldn’t see him through to a maiden first class century. Sandhu has impressed with the bat in the last two matches making 77 and now 97 not out.

Batting for a second time Tasmania fared no better, in fact they were worse, dismissed for 183. The only shining light in the Tasmanian second innings was the form of 21 year old, number 4 batsmen, Beau Webster from the Hobart suburb of Snug who made 83, his second half century in his 5th first class match. Webster also picked up his first Shield wickets claiming 2 for 64 off 22 overs of his right arm off spin. A name to watch out for in the seasons ahead.

For the Blues Doug Bollinger returned the impressive figures of 18-9-23-4 and Nathan Lyon picked up another 3 wickets.

This left New South Wales with the small matter of 27 runs for victory which they did with ease to win by 10 wickets.

Points: New South Wales 7.81, Tasmania 1.37

Gurinder Snadhu has been in impressive form with the bat

Queensland v Western Australia, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

Western Australia batted first and were in the unusual position of not having Michael Klinger and Adam Voges make meaningful contributions. Instead Western Australia were 4 for 110 before Shaun Marsh (164*) and wicket keeper Sam Whiteman (120) combined to lift the Warriors to 7 declared for 417.

In Queensland’s reply Chris Lynn made 85 and Chris Hartley 69 not out as the Bulls chose to declare behind finishing on 7 for 279.

Western Australia had a lead of 138 but were dismissed for just 183 thanks to 4 wickets to Peter George and débutante fast bowler Jack Wildermuth. Marcus Harris and Adam Voges provided the backbone of the innings with half centuries each, but 7 of the Warriors batsmen were dismissed for single figures.

Despite a quieter match Voges still managed to record over 100 runs for the match (42 and 59) to take his season tally to 1132 runs at an average of 102 from 9 matches.

Queensland had a victory target of 312 but weren’t able to build the partnerships required and were dismissed for 216. Chris Lynn made a half century and number 9 Cameron Boyce bashed a 47 ball 45. Ashton Agar and Andrew Tye took 3 wickets apiece for the Warriors.

Points: Western Australia 7.27, Queensland 0.79

Sam Whiteman on his way to his second first class hundred

The Points Table

Teams Matches Won Points
Victoria 9 5 48.54
Western Australia 9 5 48.48
New South Wales 9 5 44.82
Queensland 9 3 31.40
Tasmania 9 2 27.11
South Australia 9 2 24.61

Futures League

An interesting final round of the Futures League took place prior to the commencement of the Shield round.

South Australia v Western Australia

South Australia captain and opener Sam Raphael made 135 but after similar first innings totals to both teams the match petered out to a draw.

New South Wales v ACT

Daniel Hughes made 134 and skipper Ben Rhorer made 276 to win back a spot in the Shield line up. Rhorer has had a very difficult summer due to being hit by a ball to the head in November. An interesting story about his injury, his recovery and the delays with helmets that could have prevented his injury is here. 

The ACT were forced to follow on but the match ended in a draw thanks to a pair of 90s not out to David Dawson and keeper Andrew Harriott.

Victoria v Queensland

Some interesting names took part in this game. Victoria were rolled for 128 due to 4 wickets to Cameron Gannon and 3 to Ben Cutting, who bowled second change.

Matt Renshaw made 175 opening for Queensland whilst Clint McKay took 4 wickets for Victoria and leg spinner James Muirhead returned figures of  22-1-150-2 at 6.81 runs per over.

In the second innings Travis Dean made a century for Victoria whilst Queensland fast bowler Cameron Gannon bowled 38 overs to claim 7 for 197 and lead Queensland to outright victory.

Queensland topped the Futures League table winning outright 3 of it’s 4 games to claim the 2014/15 title, their second consecutive title.

The leading run scorer in the Futures league was ACT captain and former NSW and Tasmania player David Dawson with 580 runs. The leading wicket taker was Cameron Gannon of Queensland with 21 wickets.

The Shield Final 

The Shield final is on March 21 – 25, which is still during the World Cup. With 3 teams – Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia – in the running to host the Sheffield Shield final Cricket Australia announced the possible venues.

If they finishes on top of the table Western Australia will host a the WACA, New South Wales will host at Bankstown Oval in suburban Sydney and Victoria will host at the Junction Oval.

Yes, hard to believe that a ground that Cricket Victoria said was not fit for first class cricket and moved 3 home games interstate this season because they wouldn’t play at the venue, that same venue is now considered fit for Shield cricket, in fact the showpiece of Shield cricket, the Shield final.

Work that out.

The XI

1. Rob Quiney (Victoria)

Quiney made his second century in two matches with 125 for the Vics

2. Kelvin Smith (South Australia)

In a quiet round for openers, Kelvin Smith’s 75 was the second best score.

3. Chris Lynn (Queensland)

Lynn made a pair of half centuries in a losing cause for the Bulls.

4. Dave Hussey (Victoria)

Hussey enjoyed his return to the Victorian team at teh expense of Cameron White by scoring 142 off 170 balls against South Australia

5. Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)

Marsh made 164* to lead WA to it’s first innings total of 417

6. Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)+

Wicket keeper Whiteman made his  second first class hundred for the Warriors with 120. He also collected 6 dismissals.

7. Steve O’Keefe (New South Wales)

O’Keefe made 87 runs and claimed 4 wickets to win the all rounders spot just ahead of his NSW team mate Gurinder Sandhu who made 97 not out and took 1 wicket.

8. Peter Siddle (Victoria)

Siddle ripped through the Redbacks line up in the first innings taking 8 for 54.

9. Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)

Lyon took 6 wickets against Tasmania, 3 in each innings.

10. Doug Bollinger (New South Wales)

Bollinger made short work of the Tasmanian batting order in the second innings claiming 4 wickets.

11. Peter George (Queensland)

George collected 4/31 in the Warriors second innings.

The round ahead

The final round of the Sheffield Shield season, matches start on Friday.

Victoria v Tasmania, Traeger Park, Alice Springs

Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA

Queensland v South Australia, Gabba