Western Australia v Victoria, WACA
Western Australia lost Shaun Marsh to a national call up and were all set to regain fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile from injury but he was suspended for 1 match showing dissent during the proceeding Futures League match so was not available for selection. Instead WA went with young fast bowler Joel Paris on his first class debut and former Tasmanian batsmen Jon Wells stepped into the batting order at number 3.
Victoria lost Peter Siddle to Australian duty and James Pattinson for half the match as he did some preparation with the national team. Clint McKay played his first shield match for some time and Chris Tremain was the nominated player who would make way for Pattinson (not Patterson)
David Saker must see it as essential that the Vics have 4 bowlers plus 3 allrounders – Maxwell, Stoinis and Christian – to have 7 bowling options in Shield matches. It is difficult otherwise to understand why wicketkeeper Aaron Ayres (the late injury replacement for Matthew Wade in the previous game) was dropped and Dan Christian recalled with Peter Handscomb taking over keeping duties. With Wade injured and Siddle away, Aaron Finch was skipper of the Bushrangers.
Victoria were keen for an outright victory following the draw when the teams met in the previous round. Batting first the Vics made 322 in just 83 overs with Peter Handscomb leading the way with 98 and Marcus Stoinis – the king of the unconverted half century – making 75. For WA the pick of the bowlers was débutante Joel Paris with 4/68.
In reply WA made it to 50 without loss before collapsing to be 186 all out. Chris Tremain was the pick of the bowlers with 4/48. Batting a second time the Vics once again made 322 – this time 7 declared – with Marcus Stoinis making a rare journey to triple figures with 110 and Rob Quiney and Pete Handscomb making half centuries.
Set an improbable 459 for victory the Warriors collapsed to be all out for 102 in 29 overs. Peter Hanscomb did not wicket keep in the second innings for personal reasons and Aaron Finch wore the gloves, Scott Boland took 7/31 for the Vics. The rout was completed inside 3 days.
Western Australia 1.5
Tasmania v South Australia, Bellerive
Tasmania lost James Faulkner to toe and knee injuries and recalled Dom Michael to open the batting with Beau Webster shuffling down to number 6. Andrew Fekete returned after some work on his bowling action according to Tigers coach Dan Marsh. Spinner Xav Doherty was dropped and no spot for Ben Hilfenhaus again.
South Australia lost patience with opener Kelvin Smith. He was dumped and Tom Cooper moved up to open with Jake Lehmann slotting in at number 5 in the batting order. The Redbacks also dropped their spinner, leg spinner Adam Zampa, and like Tassie instead preferred a 4 pronged right arm medium fast battery of bowlers.
Batting first SA ran up a remarkable 7/600 declared at a rate of 4.83 runs per over thanks to double centuries to Cal Ferguson (213) and Jake Lehmann(205) who shared a 4th wicket partership of 378, plus a handy 66 off 67 balls to Alex Ross. The Tassie bowlers copped some fearful tap with Fekete going for 5 an over, Kingston 6 an over and Webster 7 an over.
In reply Tassie folded for 284 which included 115 to Ben Dunk and 112 to George Bailey. No other batsmen made more than 14. SA shared the wickets around with Nick Benton the pick of the bowlers with 3/45.
Curiously the Redbacks didn’t enforce the follow on despite having a lead of 316. Just to show consistency isn’t one of their hallmarks the Redbacks were bundled out for 185 in 38 overs. Alex Ross made 56 not out of 55 balls. The Bird brothers Jackson Bird (5/69) and Sam Rainbird (4/50) shared 9 wickets for Tassie.
Set 502 for victory, Tasmania slumped to 2/4 before folding for 199. Only half centuries to Jake Doran and Beau Webster – 2 of the youngest members of team – limited the damage somewhat. Dan Worrall and Chad Sayers took 4 wickets each.
After the win last round against NSW it was back to the same old insipid batting from the Tigers.
South Australia 10
New South Wales v Queensland, SCG
Cricket returned to the SCG and both sides brought unchanged line ups.
Chastened by their loss to Tasmania the Blues controlled this game from the start. Queensland batted first and struggled to 259 thanks to a patient 82 to Jason Floros. Steve O’keefe snared 3 wickets.
In reply NSW made 303 thanks to 90 to Ed Cowan and 112 to Nic Maddinson. Skipper Moises Henriques did not bat due to a calf injury sustained in the match. James Hopes was best for the Bulls with 4/47.
Queensland’s second innings was not a pretty sight as they were rolled for just 145. Srteve O’keefe backed up with 4 more wickets and Doug Bollinger chimed in with 3. This left NSW a victory target of 102 which they cantered to for the loss of just 3 wickets.
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Travis Dean & James Pattinson
Some very big individual scores in the Futures league round that proceeded this Shield round.
Daniel Hughes made 300 for NSW as they defeated Tasmania in Coffs Harbour. Despite having a line up featuring Jordan Silk, Tim Paine and Ben Hilfenhaus Tassie weren’t able to compete against the Blues. Kiwi off spinner Wade Sommerville and Trent Copeland took 5 wickets each for NSW.
Jake Hancock made centuries in both innings opening for Victoria in their loss to the ACT. Ian Holland also made a century for the Vics but it wasn’t enough as the Comets chased down a 4th innings target of 351 thanks to 145* to Michael Spaspeski and 121* to Jono Dean.
Western Australia defeated Queensland thanks to an unbeaten double century to skipper Aston Turner. Luke Feldman took 5 wickets for the Bulls but Peter Forrest scored 45 and 0 and his omission from the Queensland Shield team looks set to continue. WA leg spinner Liam O’Connor took 3/40 and 6/59 for match figures of 9/99.
The next round of Futures League starts on January 11.
The West Indies commence their tour of Australia with a 4 day tour match against the Cricket Australia XI (version 4 for the 2015/16 season) from Wednesday December 2 to Saturday December 5 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
It would be great to see Australia A play a tour match and reward the best performing Shield players with selection. But alas this tour match will feature players not selected in Shield sides rather than the best players from the Shield.
- Ben Dunk (Tasmania)
- Marcus Stoinis (Victoria)
- Cal Ferguson (South Australia)
- Nick Maddinson (NSW)
- Jake Lehmann (South Australia)
- George Bailey (Tasmania)
- Peter Handscomb (Victoria) +
- Steve O’Keefe (NSW)
- Dan Worrall (South Australia)
- Scott Boland (Victoria)
- Jackson Bird (Tasmania)
The round ahead
Matches start Sunday December 6th
Victoria v South Australia, MCG
Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA
Queensland v NSW, Harrup Park, McKay