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.
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.
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.
South Australia 0.5
The Points Table
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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