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)
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.
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
|New South Wales||26.37|
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