Mid Off Cricket Podcast Episode 12



2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 7

The results

A pink ball day/night round of Sheffield Shield cricket.

South Australia v Victoria, Adelaide Oval

Victoria regained the services of Glen Maxwell and Matthew Wade at the expense of Sam Harper and Cameron White. South Australia welcomed back Adam Zampa and handed a debut to right arm paceman Cameron Valente.

Victoria batted first and managed 325 thanks to half centuries to the Big Show (79 off 78 balls) and Travis Dean. In reply South Australia were all out for 224 with Scott Boland taking 5/38.

Victoria set about building its lead in the second innings. A fine century to Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell’s 63 allowed the Bushrangers to declare at 5/306 and set South Australia a victory target of 408.

The Redbacks were never in the hunt with Scott Boland taking another 3 wickets but it was Fawad Ahmed who did the real damage taking 5/24 off 12 overs. Only Travis Head provided a semblance of resistance with a half century as the Redbacks subsided for 189 all out.


Victoria 8.75

South Australia 1.74


Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA

New South Wales replaced Peter Neville and Nathan Lyon with Ryan Carters and Steve O’Keefe. Ed Cowan missed due to a blow to the helmet last match, Nick Larkin opened the batting in his place.

Western Australia omitted Nathan Rimmington and recalled Ashton Agar. Forgotten opener Marcus Harris was given an opportunity batting at number 4, replacing Adam Voges.

New South Wales batted first and were ably led by a century to opener Daniel Hughes and a patient 79 to Ben Rhorer on their way to 316. Best for the Warriors was Joel Paris with 4/61.

In reply Western Australia managed 8/511 (declared) thanks to 144 to Cameron Bancroft, 120 to the recalled Marcus Harris and 96 to Ashton Turner. Bancroft fell to the very occasional bowling of Ben Rhorer – just his 5th first class wicket, the other 4 all came in one innings.

Facing a first innings deficit of nearly 200, the Blues aim was survival. A mature innings of 129* off 289 balls from number 3 Kurtis Patterson helped New South Wales salvage a draw.


Western Australia 2.86

New South Wales 1.94


Queensland v Tasmania, Gabba

For Tasmania, George Bailey returned as skipper, replacing Alex Doolan as captain and in the batting line up. Jackson Bird was replaced by Hamish Kingston and Clive Rose was omitted, replaced by Evan Gulbis. For Queensland, Mick Nesser and Joe Burns were replaced by Mark Stekete and Marnus Labuschagne.

Tasmania batted first and were dismissed for 300 with Beau Webster impressing with his second century in as many matches, making 106 at number 3. Best bowlers for the Bulls were Peter George and Jack Wildermuth with 3 wickets each.

In reply Queensland were in a spot of trouble at 6/209. Enter James Hopes. The veteran smashed 94 off 60 balls including 16 fours. His batting partner Chris Hartley played the more restrained role finishing on 70* as the Bulls were all out for 376 a first innings lead of 76. The Tigers best bowlers were Andrew Fekete and Beau Webster with 3 wickets apiece.

Tasmania’s second innings was not pretty reading with the top 7 batsmen all getting starts (except skipper Bailey) but only wicket keeper Tom Triffit making a half century. The Tigers were all out for 233, Jack Wildermuth chipped in with another 3 wickets. George Bailey had a tough return match – 0 and 5.

This left Queensland needing 158 for victory and they were guided to the target by 79 not out to Chris Hemphrey.



Queensland 9.23

Tasmania 2.39


The points table

Victoria                      44.62
Queensland               36.98
South Australia        30.39
New South Wales     28.31
Western Australia    26.55
Tasmania                    14.68



The Shield final

Recently all states were asked to submit their preferred venue should they host the Shield final. Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania nominated their main ground but South Australia nominated Glenelg Oval in Adelaide, Victoria nominated Traegar Park in Alice Springs and New South Wales venue is yet to be determined but Coffs Harbour is being investigated.

If the Shield final is to remain then it needs to have a fixed venue – for example Manuka Oval in Canberra or Traegar Park in Alice Springs.

As a footnote Victoria’s final round match against New South Wales starting on March 15 has been moved from the MCG to Traegar Park in Alice Springs.


The XI

1. Cameron Bancroft (Western Australia)

2. Daniel Hughes (New South Wales)

3. Kurtis Patterson (New South Wales)

4. Peter Handscomb (Victoria)

5. Marcus Harris (Western Australia)

6. Beau Webster (Tasmania)

7. Chris Hartley (Queensland)

8. James Hopes (Queensland)

9. Scott Boland (Victoria)

10. Joel Paris (Western Australia)

11. Fawad Ahmed (Victoria)


The round ahead

New South Wales v South Australia, Coffs Harbour

Tasmania v Victoria, Bellerive Oval

Western Australia v Queensland, WACA


2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 6

The results

Victoria v Tasmania, MCG

Victoria made a host of changes to cover for those on Australian ODI duty with Ian Holland making his Shield debut, Cameron White playing his first Shield match in 12 months and Sam Harper, a 19 year old  wicket keeper, also making his debut.

Tasmania welcomed back Jordan Silk at the top of the order, Alex Doolan skippered the team and dropped down to number 5 and Ben McDermott, another wicket keeper batsmen and son of Craig, was given a debut batting at 6. Clive Rose was preferred to Xavier Doherty as the spin option.

Victoria won the toss and sent Tassie in. The Tigers managed 241 thanks to two of their youngest batsmen. 22 year old Beau Webster batting at 3, made his maiden Shield century and he was ably supported by Ben McDermott’s 65. For the Vics Pattinson, Siddle and Tremain shared 7 wickets amongst them.

In reply Victoria managed just 271, a lead of only 30 runs, thanks to 50 to Peter Handscomb and 95 to Dan Christian. Cameron White, playing his first Shield match this season, made a first ball duck. Sam Rainbird was the pick of the Tassie bowlers with 4/68.

Tasmania’s second innings was held together by 79* to Ben McDermott as the visitors were dismissed or 228. The pick of the Victorian bowlers was Chris Tremain with 4/37. This left Victoria a target of 199 for outright victory and they achieved it late on Day 3 in an extended final session for the loss of just 3 wickets.

Ron Quiney made 85* and was ably supported by Travis Dean (50) and Cameron White (30).

Victoria had two player replacements during the match. Marcus Stoinis was dispatched to NZ late on Day 1 (as an injury replacement for the national team) and was replaced by Ian Holland. James Pattinson did not play on Day 3 as he also departed for NZ for test preparations (rather early some may say). He was replaced by Clint McKay.

Sam Harper was meant to be playing for Australia in the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh at this time but security concerns meant the Australian team didn’t participate. Instead he became the youngest ever Victorian wicketkeeper and claimed a record 9 dismissals on debut. He is also the 5th wicket keeper Victoria have used this season (Wade, Ayre, Handscomb, Finch)


Victoria 8.21

Tasmania 1.91


South Australia v Queensland, Adelaide Oval

South Australia lost Adam Zampa to national duties in NZ and replaced him with left arm orthodox spinner, 21 year old Tom Andrews who made his SA debut. Andrews was rewarded for good form in the Futures League where he recently took a 7 wicket haul. Sam Raphael replaced the injured Callum Ferguson at number 3.

Queensland welcomed back Joe Burns and Chris Lynn to the batting order. Batsmen Charlie Hemphrey and bowling all rounder Mick Nesser also played their first Shield matches of the season.

Queensland won the toss and batted scoring 6/474 declared thanks to a fine 146 to opener Matt Renshaw, the 19 year olds second century of the season, and a maiden century to 22 year old Jack Wildermuth, batting at number 6.

In reply South Australia were all out for 315 with a century to Jake Lehmann (126 off 121 balls) the highlight. He was ably supported by a patient 65 to Sam Raphael. Ex-SA paceman, Peter George and 22 year old leg spinner Mitch Swepson were the pick of the Queensland bowlers with 3 wickets a piece.

In the second innings Queensland needed quick runs to set South Australia a 4th innings target. Sam Heazlett (72) and Chris Hartley (55*) helped the Bulls to 8/258 declared which set South Australia a victory target of 418.

The Redbacks never seriously threatened this total despite all batsmen, right down to number 10, getting into double figures. South Australia were dismissed for 244 to hand Queensland outright victory.


Queensland 9.23

South Australia 1.65


New South Wales v Western Australia, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, NZ

Western Australia recalled Nathan Rimmington for his first Shield match this season and Ashton Agar was omitted.

New South Wales also recalled a forgotten pace bowler with Trent Copeland in the team also for the first time this season. Peter Neville made a rare Shield appearance too.

New South Wales batted first and made 402 all out thanks to half centuries to each of the top 4 – Daniel Hughes, Ed Cowan, Kurtis Patterson and Nic Maddinson. The pick of the WA bowlers was David Moody with 3 wickets.

In reply the Warriors innings was anchored by a fine 149 to Adam Voges ably supported by keeper Sam Whiteman who made 93. Western Australia were all out for 491 off 148 overs. Some of the New South Wales 5 man attack did a power of bowling – Trent Copeland sent down 36 overs and Nathan Lyon bowed 46 overs. Each of them, along with Doug Bollinger, finished with 3 wickets for over 100 runs.

In their second innings NSW struggled to 4-77 which was effectively 5 wickets down. Ed Cowan was ruled out of the match with the concussion rule after receiving a blow to the head whilst batting in the second innings. Peter Neville (69 of 210 balls) and Nic Maddinson (26 off 165 balls) dug in to secure a draw for NSW. Joel Paris claimed 4/37 for the Warriors


Western Australia 2.57

New South Wales 2.57


Points table

Victoria 35.87
South Australia 28.65
Queensland 27.75
New South Wales 26.37
Western Australia 23.69
Tasmania 12.29


The XI

1. Matt Renshaw (Queensland)

2. Rob Quiney (Victoria)

3. Beau Webster (Tasmania)

4. Adam Voges (Western Australia)

5. Jake Lehmann (South Australia)

6. Jack Wildermuth (Queensland)

7. Sam Harper+ (Victoria)

8. Chris Tremain (Victoria)

9. Sam Rainbird (Tasmania)

10. Mitchell Swepson (Queensland)

11. Joel Paris (Western Australia)


The round ahead

Another pink ball, day night round of fixtures commence next Sunday February 14

South Australia v Victoria, Adelaide Oval

Queensland v Tasmania, Gabba

Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA