2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 10

The results

South Australia v Tasmania, Glenelg Oval

Tasmania handed a first class debut to opener Caleb Jewell acknowledging the failure of the ‘Tim Paine as an opener’ experiment. South Australian fast bowler Elliot Opie also debuted in the place of injured Nick Benton.

Tasmania wonthe toss and elected to bat and then capitulated to be 91 all out in 38 overs. Chadd Sayers took 7/46.

In reply South Australia were after quick runs to secure as many points as possible in the race to make the Shield final. Travis Head provided the bulk of the runs with 192 of 176 balls including 24 fours. Alex Ross chipped in with a half century as the Redbacks were all out for 346 at 4.65 runs per over. Jackson Bird took 5/81 for the Tigers.

Tasmania’s second innings started poorly slumping to 3/26. Half centuries to Alex Doolan and George Bailey halted the slide for a time but Tasmania were bowled out for 177 in the shadow of stumps on Day 2. South Australia had won by an innings and 78 runs. Chadd Sayers took 3/ and Dan Worrall took 4/

Points

South Australia 8.96

Tasmania 1.5

South Australia had put themselves to the top of the Shield table with this win, but would have to wait another 2 days to see if it was enough to make the shield final.

 

Queensland v Western Australia, Gabba

Western Australia won the toss and elected to field. Queensland were all out for 147 Michael Hogan, in his last game for WA, took 4/29  and débutante fast bowler Jhye Richardson took 3/25.

In reply Western Australia made 380 thanks to 92 to Hilton Cartwright and a half century (68) to number 10, second gamer, Josh Nicholas.

Queensland’s second innings was a brief affair with the Bulls rolled for 227. Chris Lynn blazed 80 off 46 balls but the cameo was all in vain as the Bulls slid to outright defeat inside three days scuppering their hopes of playing in the Shield final. Michael Hogan took another 4 wickets and Nathan Rimmington 3.

This was James Hopes last game for Queensland. The 37 year old retired with a final effort of 3/60 and 45 runs in his final innings. A guard of honour at the end of the match was a fitting tribute for this stalwart of Queensland cricket.

 

Points

Western Australia 7.82

Queensland 1

 

Victoria v New South Wales, Traegar Park, Alice Springs

Both sides brought in spinners for this match with the Vics recalling the forgotten Jon Holland and New South Wales recalling Arjun Nair.

New South Wales won the toss and elected to bat. Half centuries to Kurtis Patterson and Ryan Carters were the mainstays of the innings until Nathan Lyon blazed a remarkable 75 off 46 balls at the end for NSW to reach 341 all out. Chris Tremain took 4 wickets of the  Bushrangers.

In reply Victoria’s openers got off to a poor start to be 2-4. Marcus Stoinis steaded the ship with a century at number 3 but partners were hard to come by save for Dan Christian (53) and the Vics were rolled for 251.

New South Wales took a lead of 90 runs but struggled in their second innings with Trent Copeland top scoring with 47 as they were bowled out for 178. Dan Christian continued his impressive mathc taking 5/40.

This set Victoria a victory target of 269 with just over a day to play. The chase began disastrously with the Vics 3/7. Batting out time was the order of day 4 and Cameron White lead the way with a patient 97* off 253 balls, Scott Boland also finished on 34* off 82 balls as the Vics secured a draw 7 wickets down and booked themselves a spot in the Shield final.

Points

New South Wales 3.44

Victoria 2.51

 

Points table

South Australia       49.63

Victoria                     49.13

New South Wales   47.57

Queensland             46.66

Western Australia  44.00

Tasmania                 27.19

 

Leading run scorers for season 2015/16

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Leading wicket taker for season 2015/16

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The XI for Round 10

1. Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)

2. Kurtis Patterson (New South Wales)

3. Marcus Stoinis (Victoria)

4. Travis Head (South Australia)

5. Cameron White (Victoria)

6. Hilton Cartwright (Western Australia)

7. Ryan Carters (New South Wales)

8. Dan Christian (Victoria)

9. Chadd Sayers (South Australia)

10. Jackson Bird (Tasmania)

11. Michael Hogan (Western Australia)

 

The final

Saturday March 26 (Easter Saturday) – Wednesday March 30

South Australia v Victoria, Glenelg Oval

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2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 9

The results

Queensland v Victoria, Gabba

Queensland welcomed back Joe Burns and it was a very unlucky Marnus Labuschagne, fresh off a century and half century in the last round, who made way.

Victoria’s skipper Matthew Wade didn’t travel with the team due to the birth of his first child. Sam Harper replaced him as keeper and Rob Quiney was fit again to open the batting.

A low scoring tussle at the Gabba saw Victoria win the toss and send Queensland in to bat. The Bulls were bowled out for just 190 with Scott Boland taking 4/44.

Th pitch certainly assisted the pace bowlers with Victoria managing only 147 in reply. Jack Wildermuth the pick of the bowlers with 4/27.

Queensland took a first innings lead of 43 runs but then slumped to 5/76 in their second innings. Chris Hartley rescued the innings with a half century as the Bulls were dismissed for 184 with Chris Tremain taking 4/40 for the Vics.

This left Victoria chasing 227 for victory but they weren’t up to the task dismissed for 127 with Rob Quiney offering the only resistance with 53. For the Bulls wily old veteran James Hopes took 4/43 and Jack Wildermuth took 3/26.

Queensland had won by 100 runs in a low scoring affair and put a severe dint in Victoria’s hopes of hosting the Shield Final in Alice Springs.

Points

Queensland 7.5

Victoria 1.5

 

Tasmania v New South Wales, Bellerive Oval

Tasmania regained Jackson Bird with his half brother Sam Rainbird making way. New South Wales welcomed back Nathan Lyon at the expense of Arjun Nair, fast bowler Harry Conway made his debut in place of the dropped Gurinder Sandhu.

Batting first Tasmania were dimissed for 242 with Beau Webster and Ben McDermott making half centuries. Debutant fast bowler Harry Conway was the pick of the bowlers for the Blues with a 5-fer in his first match – 5/42.

In reply NSW were in all sort of trouble at 4/26 at stumps on Day 1 including a first ball duck to Nic Maddinson. However Kurtis Patterson (100 off 195 balls) and veteran Ben Rhorer (58) steadied the innings with patient innings. Ryan Carters also contributed 45 as the Blues were all out for 271, a lead of 29 runs. Jackson Bird was back to his very best with 7/45 for Tassie.

The Tigers second innings never got going with the Tigers rolled for just 177. It could have been worse save for some lusty hitting from Evan Gulbis (62 from 49 balls at Number 8) Trent Copeland wreaked havoc taking 7/58.

Set a target of 150 for victory NSW were in all sorts as Jackson Bird ripped through the top order with three early wickets. The Blues were 3/17 after Nic Maddinson was dismissed for a 3 ball pair. However opener Daniel Hughes played positive cricket and his natural game to lead the Blues home ably supported by Ben Rhorer (37 not out). Hughes hit the last 4 balls for 4 to bring up a memorable century off just 89 balls and deliver NSW the win.

 

Points

Tasmania 8.21

New South Wales 1.92

 

Western Australia v South Australia, WACA

For WA Sam Whiteman was omitted from the line up due to a finger issue but curiously played grade cricket on the Sunday of this match. Cam Bancroft took the gloves and Adam Voges returned to the middle order. Western Australia reworked thier bowling attack from the last match with Ashotn Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile heading off on national duty and David Moody omitted. The trio were replaced by Joel Paris, Nathan Rimmington and Josh Nicholas, a débutante right arm pace bowler.

South Australia made a couple of changes to their bowling line up welcoming back Chadd Sayers from national duty and recalling paceman Nick Benton. Tom Andrews and Cameron Valente were omitted.

Western Australia batted first and were lead to a total of 311 by a fine 139 by Hilton Cartwright. Dan Worall took 5/91 and Joe Mennie took 4/58 whilst Chadd Sayers went wicketless and made a century (0/100 off 27 overs) showing the value of not playing a game for 3 weeks whilst with the national team.

In reply South Australia were dismissed for 230. The mainstay of the innings was Sam Raphael with 80 plus forties to Alex Ross and Jake Lehmann. Michael Hogan was the pick of the WA bowlers with 4/49.

In their second innings the Warriors collapsed dramatically to be 8/88 before Adam Voges found a willing allie in debutante number 10 Josh Nicholas. Nicholas made 41 off 53 balls and Voges (89) steered WA to a total of 192 all out – an overall lead of 273. Worrall, Sayers and Mennie each took 3 wickets.

South Australia’s pursuit of victory started badly as Jake Weatherald was dismissed for a pair. Travis Head had other thoughts and scored a boundary laden century with 134 off 141 balls. Head found a willing partner in number 8, Joe Mennie (49 not out off 40 balls) but was dismissed with the Redbacks still needing 23 runs. Somehow they squeaked home 9 wickets down with the injured Nick Benton (dislocated shoulder) hitting the winning runs. Joel Paris took 5/87 for the Warriors.

Points

Western Australia 2.35

South Australia 7.8

 

Points table

Victoria                            46.62

Queensland                    45.66

New South Wales          44.13

South Australia              40.67

Western Australia        36.18

Tasmania                        25.69

Four teams can still make the Shield final, with the battle for top spot and hosting rights of the final very close – just 2.5 points separate 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

 

Futures League 

The final round of the Futures League saw Victoria lose the first innings but win outright against South Australia thanks to a century to Jake Hancock (130) and an unbeaten 173 to Thomas Smyth. Sam Grimwade was impressive with the ball taking 4/19 with his off spin for the Vics.

A topsy turvy game between Tasmania and WA saw Tasmania victorious despite being bowled out for 138 on Day 1. Tasmania made a better fist of their second innings, lead by 80 to skipper Xav Doherty, and then bowled WA out for 122 to secure an outright win.Will Bosisto lead the way with the ball for the Warriors with 5/89. Tasmania’s Cameron Wheatley was the pick of the bowlers taking 4/77 and 5/22.

Daniel Salpietro – a man with experience denying people centuries when he distracted Chris Rogers on the 2013 Ashes tour – ran out WA opener Jake Carder for 99.

Queensland made short work of the ACT. Peter Forrest made 80 to top score for the Bulls and the ACT batsmen had no answer to Luke Feldman as he took 7/30 and 3/41.

New South Wales won the 2015/16 Futures League winning 4 of their 6 matches and collecting 43 points

Leading run scorers for the competition were Nick Larkin (NSW) who made 697 runs from 6 matches with 3 centuries and Jake Hancock who made 500 runs from 3 matches with 3 centuries.

The leading wicket takers were WA legspinner Liam O’Connor with 28 wickets from 6 matches at an average of 20 and SA paceman Cameron Valente who took 22 wickets at 16 in 5 matches.

 

The XI

  1. Daniel Hughes (New South Wales)

2. Rob Quiney (Victoria)

3. Kurtis Patterson (New South Wales)

4. Travis Head (South Australia)

5. Adam Voges (Western Australia)

6. Hilton Cartwright (Western Australia)

7. Chris Hartley (Queensland)

8. Trent Copeland (New South Wales)

9. Joel Paris (Western Australia)

10. Dan Worall (South Australia)

11. Jackson Bird (Tasmania)

 

The round ahead

The final round commences on Tuesday March 15

Queensland v Western Australia, Gabba

Victoria v New South Wales, Traegar Park, Alice Springs

South Australia v Tasmania, Glenelg Oval, Adelaide

 

2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 8

The results

Tasmania v Victoria, Bellerive Oval

Victoria travelled to Tassie without Glenn Maxwell so that he could subfield whilst Australia batted in the Test match. Rob Quiney was also out of the squad due to injury. Aaron Ayre – the wicket keeper who played earlier in the season – came into the XI san gloves as an opener. Cameron White also returned to the middle order.  Jake Reed played his first Shield match in a couple of seasons replacing Clint McKay.

Tasmania decided to drop Jordan Silk and also bring in a degloved keeper as an opener. Curiously they chose Tim Paine, a player they removed from the team earlier in the season due to lack of runs at Number 7. 19 year old Jake Doran was also dropped, replaced by Alex Doolan who was recalled after being dropped the previous match.

Victoria batted first and were rolled for 165, plenty of batsmen got starts but none wenbt on with the job and the best for Tassie were Hamish Kingston with 3-40 and golden arm Beau Webster with 3-18 off 4.2 overs.

Tasmania found the pitch more to their liking despite Tim Paine making 2 as an opener – not really surprising given his poor Shield batting record over a long career. Ben Dunk made 190 his 3rd century of the season. Alex Doolan made his first First Class hundred since his famous 166 for Australia A against South Africa in November 2012 – the century that lead to him being picked for Australia. George Bailey also returned to form with a century.

Tasmania put to bed almost two seasons of poor batting form to post a huge total of 8/566 declared. Such was the batting from Tasmania and the desperation of Victoria that Matthew Wade even bowled an over at the end of Day 2.

The Vics second innings was disastrous except for the final hour of Day 3. The Bushrangers slumped to 7/115 before Cameron White (118) and Scott Boland (51) combined to see the Vics through to stumps but it was all over early on Day 4.

Points

Victoria 0.5

Tasmania 9.09

New South Wales v South Australia, Coffs Harbour

The is a tribute match for Phil Hughes, played at Coffs Harbour close to his home town of Macksville.

New South Wales made a couple of changes. Ed Cowan returned to the team at the expense of Nick Larkin and Steve O’Keefe picked up a finger injury so a debut was handed to 17 year old off spinner Arjun Nair. Nair took 9 wickets recently in the Futures League match and played for Australia U19s in January.

South Australian coach Jamie Siddons reacted savagely to the Redbacks loss to Victoria dropping opener Tom Cooper and keeper Tim Ludeman. He also put the blowtorch on Mark Cosgrove, who has been a model of consistency (scores of 33,33,32,33) but mediocrity since the Shield recommenced. Into the team came opener Jake Weatherald and keeper Alex Carey. Tom Andrews replaced Adam Zampa who had national team T20 to prepare for.

Batting first South Australia was well served by its least experienced players. Jake Weatherald made 58 on debut, 7th gamer Jake Lehmann made another century, 122 off 148 balls, keeper Alex Carey made 48 on debut and 2nd gamer Cameron Valente chipped in with 43. All the rest of the team – the experienced players  – made single figure scores. The Redbacks were all out for 298, the wickets were shared 2 apiece amongst the NSW bowlers with Nic Maddinson surprising with 2/10.

In reply New South Wales’ batting was very poor. Only Ryan Carters managed a half century as they were rolled for 211. Joe Mennie, who has been excellent all season, and Dan Worrall took 4 wickets each.

South Australia were rolled for 177 with Trent Copeland taking 5/62. That left NSW needing 265 to win and Ben Rhorer lead the Blues home with a fighting unbeaten 109*.

Points

New South Wales 7.61

South Australia 2.48

 

Western Australia v Queensland, WACA

Western Australia welcomed back Shaun Marsh tot he number 3 position and after a century last round, Marcus Harris moved back into his opening position at the expense of Will Bosisto. Nathan Coulter Nile also returned but only for the first two days of the match so he could prove his fitness for the World T20. Joel Paris replaced him.

Queensland had an unchanged XI from last round.

Western Australia batted first and Cameron Bancroft made 171 to lead the Warriors to 6/436 declared. Shaun Marsh also made 95. The pick of the Queensland bowlers was Andrew Fekete with 3/64.

In reply Marnus Labushagne and Chris Lynn made centuries for Queensland as they declared 8 down for 446.

Western Australia batting again looked for quick runs and Shaun Marsh (109 off 119 balls) and Michael Klinger (102 off 86 balls) delivered as the Warriors set Queensland a target of 282 runs of 64 overs.

Queensland were looking on track at 2/182 but despite a century to Chris Hemphrey collapsed spectacularly to be all out for 257. The Bulls weren’t helped by completing their innings under lights – the start of play was delayed by an hour due to over watering of the wickets next to the wicket being used for this game.

Points table

Queensland 1.18

Western Australia 7.28

Points table

Victoria 45.12

Queensland 38.16

New South Wales 35.92

Western Australia 33.83

South Australia 32.87

Tasmania 23.77

 

 

The XI

1. Ben Dunk (Tasmania)

2. Cameron Bancroft (Western Australia)

3. Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)

4. Alex Doolan (Tasmania)

5. Goerge Bailey (Tasmania)

6. Jake Lehmann (South Australia)

7. Alex Carey (South Australia)

8. Trent Copeland (New South Wales)

9.Joe Mennie (South Australia)

10. Joel Paris (Western Australia)

11. Dan Worrall (South Australia)

 

The round ahead

Matches starting Saturday, March 5

Tasmania v New South Wales, Bellerive Oval

Western Australia v South Australia, WACA

Queensland v Victoria, Gabba