Mid Off Cricket Podcast – Episode 5

 

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2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 3

The results

New South Wales v Tasmania

Tasmania reacted savagely to its loss to Queensland, its 7th consecutive outright Shield loss, by dropping Tim Paine, opener Dom Michael and fast bowler Andrew Fekete. Fekete has gone form being picked in the Australian squad for the Bangladesh tour to being dropped by his state team in the space of six weeks. No surprises that Tim Paine was dropped, his batting has been terrible for a very long time. Tom Triffit got another opportunity behind the stumps, Beau Webster slotted in a t the top of the order and Hamish Kingston replaced the rested Ben Hilfenhuas, who like the office recalcitrant is having his ‘workload managed.’

New South Wales were a paradigm of consistency picking an unchanged line up, in contrast to this match which was shifted from the SCG to Bankstown Oval in Sydney.

Batting first Tasmania, battled through a rain interrupted Day 1 and with half centuries to Ben Dunk, Alex Doolan and Tom Triffit made it to a mediocre 295. Doug Bollinger and Steve O’Keefe were the pick of the Blues bowlers with 4 wickets each.

New South Wales fared no better than Tassie with the willow in hand, all out for 215, with only Kurtis Patterson resisting the Tigers with a pateint knock of 86 off 179 balls at number 3. He found very little support as Jackson Bird and Sam Rainbird took 3 wickets apiece along with Hamish Kingston.

Tasmania relished the opportunity to have a fist innings lead. Ben Dunk batted with panache and flair, complimenting his first first-class century last week with another this week, and recorded 144 not out leading the Tigers to 7/313 declared. Doug Bollinger was once again the pick of the NSW bowlers with 3 wickets. Interestingly Gurinder Sandhu changed from pace to off spin mid spell when bowling to Tom Triffit and dismissed him for a duck. He then reverted back to pace.

This left New South Wales with a target of 394 for victory whcih they did not even briefly threaten to make an impression upon. Ryan Carters provided the only spine of the innings with 77 as the Blues were dismissed for 170. Hamish Kingston took 4/61 for Tasmania to seal their outright win.

Points

Tasmania 8.4

New South Wales 1.68

 

Victoria v Western Australia, MCG

The Warriors travelled to Victoria with an inexpereinced line up. Opener Marcus Harris was omitted as was fast bowler Jason Behrendorff, they were replaced by David Moody and Hilton Cartwright.

The Vics welcomed back James Pattinson (not Patterson) but lost Matthew Wade to a broken collarbone suffered in the nets during the warm up. The match referee allowed him to be replaced after the toss by débutante Victorian wicket keeper Aaron Ayres. Peter Siddle stepped in as captain.

Travis Dean continued on his fine form making 84 as the Vics went to stumps on Day 1 at 4/296. Aaron Finch (79) and Glen Maxwell (98) took to the WA bowlers on the second morning, running up a hundred in under an hour, before the Vics declared at 7/423. David Moody, nephew of Tom, and Andrew Tye were the pick of the WA bowlers with 4 and 3 wickets respectively. Western Australia had their own injury problems – Hilton Cartwright was aided from the field with a hip flexor injured suffered while chasing a ball to the boundary.

In reply Western Australia could only manage 272 with half centuries to Shaun Marsh, Michael Klinger and Ashton Agar. Fawad Ahmed was the pick of the Victorian bowlers with a 5 wicket haul – 5/105.

Victoria had a lead of 151 and proceeded to look for quick runs to set the Warriors a fourth innings target. Rob Quiney made 79 as the Vics scored at over 4 an over before declaring at at 7/238 setting WA a target of 390 runs in just over a days play.

At stumps on Day 3, WA were 1/25 and they managed to bat out Day 4 to secure a draw finishing 8 wickets down. The Warriors were saved by a maiden century to Will Bosisto, thrust into the role of opener, and an unbeaten half century to keeper Sam Whiteman. James Pattinson and Fawad Ahmed took 3 wickets apiece for the Vics but alas it wasn’t enough to secure outright victory.

Peter Siddle accused WA of not trying to win the game saying they  ‘didn’t have a crack’ which is exactly how it should have been. Victoria were trying to bowl WA out and WA were trying to bat out the game and deny Victoria victory. Pretty striaght forward to me and hardly something worth complaining about – thats cricket, Peter.

Perhaps Siddle would have preferred it if the WA batsmen had played their natural game…. as per some of Australia’s batting efforts on the recent Ashes tour. This WA team is made of sterner stuff with Justin Langer at the helm as coach.

Points

Victoria 3.7

Western Australia 1.49

 

Queensland v South Australia, Gabba

South Australia ventured to Queensland with one change, Kane Richardson was rested and was replaced by Nick Benton.

Queensland brought in an unchanged line up and bossed the Redbacks from a rain interrupted Day 1 onwards.

South Australia collapsed to 6/65 in their first innings before Alex Ross and Adam Zampa (57) added some respectability to the scoreboard. Ross eventually ran out of partners to be left standard on 92 not out as the Redbacks subsided for just 203. Veteran James Hopes was in fine form with 4/52 and two meter Billy Stanlake took 3/53.

Queensland had no such trouble a the crease making 452 thanks to 94 to 19 year old opener Matt Renshaw, 112 to Marnus Labushagne and half centuries to veterans Nathan Reardon and James Hopes. SA fast bowler Joe Mennie continued his fine season with 3/66 off 33 overs.

Batting again South Australia fared little better with Billy Stanlake (4/63) and who else but James Hopes (4/33) taking the bulk of the wickets as the Redbacks were dismissed for 235. Only Mark Cosgrove managed a half century for South Australia.

Queensland wicket keeper Chris Hartley completed 10 catches for the match, taking him to 521 catches for Queensland and past the old record of 519 held by his predecessor, Wade Seccombe.

Points

Queensland 8.5

South Australia 0.5

 

The Points Table

Teams Won Lost Draw Points
Victoria 1 0 2 17.4
Queensland 2 1 0 16
Western Australia 1 1 1 11.3
New South Wales 1 1 1 9.8
South Australia 1 2 0 9.5
Tasmania 1 2 0 8.4

 

The XI

1. Ben Dunk (Tasmania)

2. Will Bosisto (Western Australia)

3. Kurtis Patterson (New South Wales)

4. Marnus Labushagne (Queensland)

5. Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)

6. Chris Hartley (Queensland)

7. James Hopes (Queensland)

8. Hamish Kingston (Tasmania)

9. Fawad Ahmed (Victoria)

10 Billy Stanlake (Queensland)

11. Doug Bollinger (New South Wales)

 

The Round Ahead

Matches starting Friday November 27:

Tasmania v South Australia, Bellerive Oval

Western Australia v Victoria, WACA

New South Wales v Queensland, SCG

2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 2

The results

New South Wales v Victoria, SCG

New South Wales replaced a host of Test players with Ryan Carters, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rhorer, Gurinder Sandhu, Doug Bollinger and Josh Lalor returning to the line up, plus wicketkeeper Jay Lenton made his debut after playing Futures League over the past 3 seasons. Shaun Abbott missed due to a calf injury.

Victoria could not ignore the 288 Aaron Finch made against the touring New Zealanders and worked him into the batting line up at the expense of Dan Christian. James Pattinson was rested on Cricket Australia orders and replaced by ex-NSW fast bowler, Chris Tremain.

New South Wales won the toss and batted. Day 1 was ruined by rain with just 9.5 overs bowled.

On Day 2 the start of play was delayed to allow a wet outfield to dry. When play did commence only 25 overs were bowled and NSW moved to 1/88 before several Victorian fielders slipped over and the players left the field due to unsafe playing conditions.

On Day 3 further ground inspections occurred, the conditions were deemed unfit for cricket and the match was officially abandoned. Cricket Australia awarded Victoria 6 points (the points for an outright victiry under the previous points system) as they were the visiting team and NSW had prepared an unsatisfactory ground. SCG groundsman Tom Maynard was adamant the ground was fit for play on the Sunday, but the Blues next Shield match has been moved away from the SCG to Bankstown Oval. Let’s hope they have better luck than Blacktown and the SCG over the past 2 weeks.

Points

New South Wales 0

Victoria 6

 

Tasmania v Queensland, Bellerive Oval

Tasmania, took a settled line up into this game with Ben Hilfenhaus the only change replacing Evan Gulbis.

Queensland on the other hand had a number of changes due to the Test call ups of Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja. Queensland handed debuts to 19 year old UK born Matt Renshaw and 20 year old Sam Heazlett who replaced the two internationals in the top 3. Batsman/off spinner Jason Floros (in the mould of former Bulls skipper Chris Simpson) came in at number 6 effectively replacing leg spinner Cameron Boyce. There was still no place for former Australian ODI batsmen Peter Forrest in the batting line up.

Tasmania batted first and were superbly guided by Ben Dunk who made his maiden first class hundred with 142. Former Test player Alex Doolan made 90 and George Bailey made his first FC hundred since 2012 with a fine 148 not out as Tasmania declared at 8 for 433.

Queensland’s innings was built around number 3, debutante Sam Heazlett, who made 129, and a half century to Jason Floros as skipper Chris Hartley declared at 8/329, 104 runs behind Tasmania’s first innings total, to try to force a result. It worked. In Tasmania’s second innings the Tigers meekly subsided for just 168 with only Jake Doran (68) making his maiden first class half century and James Faulkner (43) providing any runs of substance.

This left Queensland needing 273 runs in 76 overs for victory. Scott Henry (60) and Sam Heazlett (78) lead the charge for the Bulls feasting on some wayward Tasmanian bowling. The Queensladers were cruising at 1/149 but lost 5/30 to be 6/179 before Chris Hartley steadied the ship and guided his team home with 44*.

Tasmania loss was its 7th consecutive outright loss and to add insult to injury the Tigers were docked 2 points for a slow over rate.

Points

Queensland 6.4

Tasmania – 0.5

 

 

South Australia v Western Australia, Adelaide Oval

South Australia, welcomed back fast bowler Chadd Sayers from almost a year out of the game with an ankle injury, he replaced Chris Worrall. With three Test players in Brisbane, Western Australia called up two inexperienced batsmen, Tom Beaton and Will Bosisto, as well as veteran fast bowler Michael Hogan.

In a low scoring tussle, Western Australia were bowled out for 211 on Day 1 with Chadd Sayers dismissing the top 3, returning figures of 3/41 and Joe Mennie worked through the middle order taking 4/50. Best with the bat for WA was keeper Sam Whitemen with 45.

In reply South Australia found the going difficult labouring to 191 all out with Cal Ferguson making 40. Jason Behrendorff was the pick of the Warriors bowlers taking 4/55 and he was ably supported by Michael Hogan taking 3/38.

Batting a second time Western Australia made a much better start thanks to a century to Cameron Bancroft and 92 to Shaun Marsh, however from a poisition of sternght of 2/217 the Warriors collapsed to be all out for 295. Joe Mennie and Kane Richardson took 3 wickets apiece for the Redbacks.

This left South Australia needing 316 runs for victory. Their chase was made possible by the maiden first class century to Travis Head, but when he departed with 43 runs still required the chase got the jitters and it came down to the last wicket pair of Joe Mennie and Chadd Sayers to score the last 8 runs and secure victory for South Australia.

The Redbacks had pulled off a thrilling victory, the first for new coach Jamie Siddons.

Points

South Australia 7.5

Western Australia 1.61

 

The points table

Team Won Lost Draw Points
Victoria 1 0 1 13.7
Western Australia 1 1 0 9.81
South Australia 1 1 0 9
New South Wales 1 0 1 8.12
Queensland 1 1 0 7.5
Tasmania 0 2 0 0

 

Golden ducks

Ben Cutting

 

Futures League

Tasmania and Victoria met in Hobart, with some big names on both sides. For Tasmania Jordan Silk opened the batting while for Victoria, Cameron White and Clint McKay were both playing. White made 144 (out of 286) in his only visit to the crease while McKay took just 2 wickets in the match. Jordan Silk made a couple of starts but was overshadowed by a pair of half centuries to wicket keeper batsmen, Ben McDermott. The match ended in a draw

ACT and South Australia met in Canberra, with Brad Haddin making a guest appearance as for the Comets and scoring 104 off 100 balls. Jono Dean of the ACT and the Adelaide Strikers also made a century, whilst for South Australia Jake Lehmann made 74 and 86. Cameron Suidgeest was the pick of the bowlers taking 7 wickets in the match for the ACT. The match finished in a draw.

New South Wales and Western Australia met at Blacktown and the game went ahead. Former test bowler Trent Copeland took 5 wickets for the match for NSW and Nick Larkin made 118 and 79 opening he batting for the Blues. For WA the best were former Tassie batsman, Jon Wells with 142 and Hilton Cartwright with a pair of half centuries. Continuing a trend the match was drawwn.

 

The XI

1. Ben Dunk (Tasmania)

2. Cameron Bancroft (Western Ausrtralia)

3. Sam Heazlett (Queensland)

4. Travis Head (South Australia)

5. George Bailey (Tasmania)

6. Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)

7. Chris Hartley (Queensland)

8. Michael Hogan (Western Australia)

9. Mark Stekete (Queensland)

10. Joe Mennie (South Australia)

11. Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)

 

The round ahead

New South Wales v Tasmania, Bankstown Oval, Sydney

Queensland v South Australia, Gabba

Victoria v Western Australia, MCG

 

2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 1

The 2015/16 Sheffield Shield season commenced with a round of day night fixtures featuring pink balls.

The results

Victoria v Queensland, MCG

Victoria made a couple of big calls at the selection table leaving out batsmen Aaron Finch and former skipper Cameron White and handing a debut to opener Travis Dean.

Queensland omitted Peter Forrest from their middle order and handed a debut to former NSW operner, Scott Henry, who was squeezed out of the NSW contract list with the return of Ed Cowan. Henry travelled to Queensland without a contract but impressed in Brisbane grade cricket to earn a shield berth at the top of the order.

Batting first Queensland were indebted to the their new recruit Scott Henry as his 141 plus half centuries to Marnus Labushagne and Chris Hartley guided the Bulls to 444. despite complaining that the pink ball was unresponsive, John Hastings was the pick of the Victorian bowlers with 4/59.

In reply Victoria lost wickets to consecutive balls in the 14th over to be 2/31. Debutante opener Travis Dean and Peter Handscomb (137)  then combined for a 271 run stand as both made centuries, Dean finished on 154 not out as Matthew Wade made a funky captaincy decision and declared behind at 3/319 mid way through Day 3 just as the twilight commenced.

James Pattinson then ripped through the Bulls top order removing the top 3, Peter Siddle then chipped in with 3 wickets and John Hastings cleaned up the tail to have the Bulls all out for 103 in 33 overs.

This left Victoria a victory target of 229, which they knocked off with ease. Travis Dean made another unbeaten century, 109* to guide the Bushrangers to a nine wicket win.

23 year old Travis Dean became the first player to make twin centuries on Shield debut and was awarded the man of the match.

Points

Victoria 7.7

Queensland 1.1

 

South Australia v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval

New South Wales fielded a strong line up featuring 5 players from the Australian test XI for Brisbane with regualr players Ryan Carters and Gurinder Sandhu missing out on a spot and instead playing for the Cricket Australia XI. South Australia welcomed in Mark Cosgrove to open alongside Kelvin Smith.

Despite this strong line up, half centuries to Dave Warner, on his return from a broken thumb and Steve Smith were the best the Blues could muster as South Australia skipper Travis Head’s occasional off spin accounted for Warner, Smith and Nic Maddinson. From 1/172, NSW lost 8/90 before Steve Smith declared at 9/262 to give the pace bowlers  a few overs at the Redbacks late on Day 1. The tactic worked as South Australia’s top 3 batsmen were all dismissed for ducks and SA went to stumps at 3/9.

The Redbacks  subsided on the second day for just 120 as Mitchell Starc was at his devastating best taking 5/28 . Batting again New South Wales merrily breezed along with Ed Cowan and Steve Smith making centuries before declaring at 1/291.

This set South Austrlaia a target of 434 which they were no chance of getting. Only Callum Ferguson provided any resistance making 96  – no other South Australian batsmen made more than 37 in the match- as the Redbacks were rolled for 218. Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/23.

It could be a long summer ahead for the Redbacks – their top 5 batsmen all made a duck in this game.

Points 

New South Wales 8.12

South Australia 1.5

 

Tasmania v Western Australia, Bellerive Oval

Tasmania handed a debut to batsmen Jake Doran and welcomed back Jackson Bird, but there was no spot for Ben Hilfenhaus, with the medium pace of Evan Gulbis preferred.

Western Australia had no room for fast bowlers Nathan Rimmington or Michaal Hogan – two mainstays of their Shield attack last season with Jason Behrendorf and Simon Mackin accompanying Mitchell Johnson. WA changed their settled batting order from last season with Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger changing positions. The new order was Shaun Marsh up to 3 (last season 5) and Klinger down to 5 (last season 3).

Batting first Western Australia slumped to 3/30 but to the rescue were familiar old hands Adam Voges, with a half century, and Michael Klinger with a magnificent unbeaten double hundred. He was ably supported by number 8 Ashton Agar who made his maiden first class hundred with 105. WA declared at 8/432.

In reply George Bailey provided the only ballast of the Tasmanian innings at number 5 with a patient 63 off 202 balls. The Tigers were all out for 189.

Batting a second time WA lost 4 early wickets to be 4/34. Enter Michael Klinger and Mitch Marsh who both registed unbeatens 50s to set Tasmania a target of 380 for victory.

The Tigers second innings was almost no improvement on the first with only George Baily showing the required mettle to score 68. The next highest score was leg byes with 32. Tasmania all out for 217.

Tasmania’s batting was a serious problem last season when only once did they manage a score over 400. It looks to be more of the same this season, with two sub 250 scores to start the season. How they would like to have access to batsmen like Aaron Finch and Cameron White, players surplus to requirements at Victoria.

The days of Tim Paine at Tasmania look to be numbered, his keeping was fine with 5 dismissals but his batting was once again poor continuing a long term trend. With 4 other  wicket keeper batsmen  on their books (including Ben Dunk and Jake Doran in the Shield XI) Paine cannot afford a extended run of low scores. He was dropped last season and we may see it again.

Points

Western Australia 8.2

Tasmania 0.5

 

Tour match: Cricket Australia XI v New Zealand, Blacktown.

The Cricket Australia XI for this 3 day fixture was initially players from outside Shield ranks but with Ryan Carters and Gurinder Sandhu, squeezed out at NSW and Cameron White and Aaron Finch omitted by Victoria, The CA XI was strengthened by these inclusions.

Batting first the CA XI openeers, Finch and Carters, were untroubled by a lacklustre NZ attack without spearhead Trent Boult and then Tim Southee who left the field after only 3 overs due to illness. A full compliment of part timers were used by Brendon McCullum including himself. The CA XI finished the day on 0/386 with centuries to both batsmen.

More of the same the next morning led to Finch and Carters both registering double centuries and an opening stand of 500 before Carters was dismissed for 209 and the innings was declared at 1/503 with Finch on 288*

The New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and NZ officials then decided the pitch wasn’t of first class standard, hands were shook and the game was abandoned. NZ flew to Brisbane two days early to prepare for the first test.

 

Golden Ducks

This season I will be tracking the golden duck makers. There were 4 in round 1:

Travis Head

Marcus Stoinis

Chris Hartley

Jackson Bird – made a pair and survived just 3 balls.

 

The XI

1. Travis Dean (Victoria)

Broke all sorts of records with a pair of centuries (both unbeaten) on Shield debut.

2. Scott Henry (Queensland)

Made a fine 141 opening the batting for Queensland in his first game for his new state.

3. Steve Smith (New South Wales)

An unbeaten 152 in the second innings was coupled with a half century in the first. Treated the SA bowlers with disdain at the start of day 4.

4. Peter Handscomb (Victoria)

Handscomb combined in a big partnership with Travis Dean, making 137 along the way.

5. Michael Klinger (Western Australia)

Klinger was the mainstay of both WA innings and wasn’t dismissed in this match as he amassed 202* and 50*

6. Mitch Marsh (Western Australia)

Marsh chipped in with a timely 50 in the WA second innings and picked up 2/31 and 3/30.

7. Chris Hartley (Queensland)

Guided the tail through with a fine 55 in Queensland’s first innings, leading them to a total of 444.

8. Ashton Agar (Western Australia)

Made his maiden first class century, combining in a fine partnership with Michael Klinger.

9. John Hastings (Victoria)

Took 6 wickets for the match, including 4 in Queensland’s first innings when the going was tough.

10. Mitchell Johnson (Western Australia)

Johnson troubled the Tasmanian batsmen taking 5 wickets for the match.

11. Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)

Ripped apart the South Australian batting order in the first innings with 5/28 and finished with match figures of 8/90.

 

The round ahead

A standard round of day matches starting on Friday November 6.

New South Wales v Victoria, SCG

Tasmania v Queensland, Bellerive Oval

South Australia v Western Australia, Adelaide Oval.