Some very low scores were recorded in this round of the Shield.
Victoria v South Australia, MCG
South Australia recalled leg spinner Adam Zampa, whilst Victoria welcomed back John Hastings to replace Clint McKay. A green top greeted both the captains and Travis Head had no hesitation in sending in the Busharangers when he won the toss. It was to be a low scoring and short contest.
Dan Worrall (5/69) and Joe Mennie (3/46) rolled the Vics for just 180. Glen Maxwell produced the only innings of substance making 62 off 55 balls. The innings was over between lunch and tea on Day 1.
In reply South Australia could only manage 199 with Chris Tremain taking 5/52. An even 50 to Mark Cosgrove was the only score of note.
Batting a second time the Bushrangers fared worse, bowled out for 163 with Joe Mennie (4/55) and Chadd Sayers(3/61) and Dan Worrall (3/44) sharing the spoils for the Redbacks.
This left South Australia with a victory target of just 145 and they produced the most accomplished batting of the match. Tom Cooper made 54, Cal Ferguson finished 43* as the Redbacks attacked the small target with gusto chasing it down in just 27 overs at a run rate of nearly 5.5 per over. The game was over mid way through Day 3.
After this poor batting display the Vics might want to look at the balance of their side and include a few more batsmen rather than a fleet of allrounders, in particular replace Dan Christian with a batsmen.
South Australia 7.5
Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA
Tasmania travelled to Perth and welcomed back James Faulkner from a toe injury. The Tigers lost patience with former Test player Alex Doolan and he was dropped, Beau Webster shuffled around the order again moving up to 3.
The revolving door selection policy at the top of the order continued with Dom Michael dropped again and Jordan Silk returned to the team. Xavier Doherty was picked as the spinner replacing Hamish Kingston.
Western Australia brought in Ashton Turner to the middle order replacing Tom Beaton and rotated their fast bowlers with Andrew Tye replaced by Simon Mackin.
Batting first Tasmania were all out for 261 with keeper Tom Triffit the top scorer with 66. The pick of the WA bowlers was old man Michael Hogan with 4/48 off 24 overs.
In reply the Warriors were struggling at 6/232 until Aston Agar produced his second century for the season. Agar scored 108 off 126 balls with 18 fours to lead the Warriors to 415 and a first innings lead. Tom Triffit had a shocker with the gloves dropping Agar twice plus another two catches for a total of four dropped catches in the innings. Tim Paine may yet get another chance.
The Tigers batting line up struggled again in the second innings, all out for just 205 with Ben Dunk’s 75 the only innings of note. Second gamer, 22 year old left arm quick Joel Paris was the destroyer with 6/23 off 14.3 overs – no doubt he will have moved up Rod Marsh’s depth charts now. Warriors wicket keeper, Sam Whiteman, took 5 catches in the innings (all from the bowling of Paris), to give him 7 dismissals for the match.
Western Australia chased down the small matter of 52 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket to secure an outright win.
Western Australia 8.34
Queensland v New South Wales, Harrup Park, McKay
Queensland made two changes bringing in 22 year old leg spinner Mitchell Swepson for his first class debut and veteran paceman Luke Feldman. The pair replaced Jake Wildermuth and Ben Cutting who were both omitted. Ben Cutting (8 wickets at an average of 40 in 4 matches this season) is not the same first class cricketer who was called into the Australian test squad a few years ago. This was James Hopes 100th Sheffield Shield match for Queensland.
New South Wales reconfigured their line up due to the loss of skipper Moises Henriques with a calf injury. Daniel Hughes came in to open, Ryan Carters moved down from opening to number 6 and took over the keeping gloves from Jay Lenton who was omitted. 31 year old NZ born off spinner Wade Somerville was called up and Nic Maddinson was made captain.
Batting first the Queensland innings was dominated by a magnificeint 170 from 19 year old opener Matt Renshaw who scored almost half of his teams 342 runs. On a slow pitch in McKay that made scoring difficult the runs came at just 2.50 runs per over. Wade Somerville was the pick of the NSW bowlers with 5/110.
The Blues struggled with the slow pitch combined with a lush outfield, and crawled along at just 2 an over to post 260 all out in 125 overs. Half centuries to Ben Rhorer and Kurtis Patterson were the highlights for NSW whilst for the Bulls Jason Floros and Luke Feldman took 4 wickets apiece, with Feldman cleaning up the tail claiming his 4 wickets in just 11 balls.
Queensland declared its second innings at 7/131 shortly after lunch on Day 4 leaving NSW to chase 214 for victory. At tea the visitors were 2/66 and needed, up stepped stand in captain Nic Maddinson. Defying the slow scoring throughout the match he belted 80 from just 72 balls to almost lead the Blues to victory. He fell with NSW needing 23 more runs and the team stumbled losing 3 more quick wickets before Steve O’Keefe and Gurinder Sandhu steadied the ship and scored the remaining 12 required runs as the light closed in. Best bowlers for Queensland were offspinner Floros with 4/71 and leg spinner Swepson with 3/69.
New South Wales 5.97
|New South Wales||23.80|
The XI from Round 5
A very poor round for batsmen, just 2 centuries were scored.
1. Matt Renshaw (Queensland)
2. Ben Dunk (Tasmania)
3. Michael Klinger (Western Australia)
4. Nic Maddinson (New South Wales)
5. Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)
6. Jason Floros (Queensland)
7. Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
8. Chris Tremain (Victoria)
9. Dan Worrall (South Australia)
10. Joe Mennie (South Australia)
11. Joel Paris ( Western Australia)
Leading run scorers
|CJ Ferguson||South Australia||5||478||213||53.11||1||1|
|M Klinger||Western Australia||5||453||202*||64.71||1||3|
|EJM Cowan||New South Wales||5||376||107*||53.71||1||1|
|AC Agar||Western Australia||5||354||106||44.25||2||1|
|AI Ross||South Australia||5||334||92*||47.71||0||3|
Leading wicket takers
|JM Mennie||South Australia||5||24||18.87||2.39||47.20|
|SNJ O’Keefe||New South Wales||5||17||24.64||2.53||58.40|
|DJ Worrall||South Australia||3||16||21.43||3.20||40.10|
|CJ Sayers||South Australia||4||16||25.81||2.56||60.40|
|DE Bollinger||New South Wales||4||15||18.66||2.39||46.80|
|MG Hogan||Western Australia||4||15||28.00||2.69||62.20|
|JS Paris||Western Australia||2||14||16.85||3.27||30.90|
The round ahead
A break now for the BBL, the next Shield round commences on February 3:
New South Wales v Western Australia, Lincoln, New Zealand
Victoria v Tasmania, MCG
South Australia v Queensland, Adelaide Oval