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.
New South Wales 0
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.
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.
South Australia 7.5
Western Australia 1.61
The points table
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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.
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