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White has been replaced by Dave Hussey, the veteran who was made Future’s League captain at the start of the season to assist with a transition into coaching and was not guaranteed to be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.
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
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
The Points Table
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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.
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