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.
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*.
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.
Western Australia 7.28
New South Wales 35.92
Western Australia 33.83
South Australia 32.87
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