2016/17 Sheffield Shield Round Up 4

Queensland v Western Australia, Riverside Stadium, Townsville.

Queensland took the game on the road to Far North Queensland and made 4 changes. Leg spinner Mtich Swepson returned at the expense of Jason Floros and Mick Neser replaced Luke Feldman. The batting order was reworked with Charlie Hemphrey recalled to open and Sam Truloff placed at number 4 for his first class debut.

For Western Australia Adam Voges was omitted due to concussion. Mitch Marsh (batting at no 4), Ashton Agar and David Moody all returned from shoulder complaints.

Queensland batted first and managed 422 thanks to a collection of half centuries to Joe Burns, Marnus Labushagne, Jack Wildermuth and Mick Neser.

In reply WA declared 62 runs behind at 6/340 with opener Cameron Bancroft making 103 and Ashton Turner 84.

Queensland were looking for quick runs to set up a decleration but it wasn’t unitl the 6th wicket pair of keeper Chris Hartley (53 off 59 balls) and Mick Nesser that the runs started flowing. Neser hit 53 off 44 balls with 8 fours and 1 six. Queensland drew their innings to a close at 6/252 setting WA a victory target of 355.

Mitch Marsh was the pick of the WA bowlers with 4/38 off 11 overs.

WA were looking well placed in their pursuit of victory at 4/221 but then Michael Klinger fell and the tail subsided rapidly to be all out for 237 and hand Queensland a 97 run victory. Jason Behrendorf could not bat for the Warriors due to leg stress fractures.

Ben Cutting and Mitch Swepson took 3 wickets each for the Bulls and Western Australia remain winless after 4 matches.


Queensland 7.96

Western Australia 1.45


Victoria v South Australia, MCG

Victoria recalled John Hastings in place of Dan Christian, and reorganised their batting order with Glen Maxwell at 4, Aaron Finch at 5 and Cameron White at 6. 19 year old Sam Harper took the gloves for his third match for the Bushrangers.

South Australia welcomed back Joe Mennie and were otherwise unchanged.

Cameron White  won the toss and sent South Australia into bat. This decision wasn’t looking great at the end of Day 1 with the Redbacks on 5/360. Travis Head made 130 off 188 balls and Tom Cooper 93.

Day 2 started with the Vics cleaning up the the remaining 5 Redback wickets for the addition of just 45 runs. However they struggled with the bat slumping to 5/137 before Aaron Finch made his first Shield century for Victoria in 5 years and was ably assisted by Sam Harper who made 80. The tail wagged for the Vics with numbers 9, 10, 11 making 20, 30 and 28 respectively. The Bushrangers innings ended at 367, the last 5 wickets had added 230 runs.

South Australia’s second innings fell apart in a 4 over period where they lost a wicket each over – 2 to Marcus Stoinis and 2 to John Holland – to slip from 3/107 to 7/117. The Redbacks were eventually dismissed for 162 a lead of 200. Jon Holland claimed another 4 wicket haul, 4/25 including 3 bowled.

Victoria’s pursuit for 201 for victory was looking shaky at 4/103 but Cameron White steered the Bushrangers home with 40 not out.


Victoria 8.11

South Australia 2.6


Tasmania v New South Wales, Bellerive Oval

For Tasmania, Alex Doolan, was ruled out due to concussion and replaced by Ben McDermott. Sam Rainbird was recalled for Jackson Bird.

New South Wales had a host of changes with Ed Cowan, Peter Neville and Ryan Gibson returning. Off spinner Will Somerville replaced the injured Steve O’Keefe and paceman Harry Conway completed the XI.

George Bailey won the toss and sent NSW in to bat. The Blues made the most of the opportunity running up 5 declared for 495 with Moises Henriques making a century, Peter Neville making 179* and second gamer Ryan Gibson making 65* bringing up his half century with a reverse sweep.

In reply Tasmania were ripped apart by Trent Copeland who took 6/54 as the Tigers were all out for 209. New South Wales decide to bat again and made 1/128 in quick time, nearly 5 an over, to set Tassie an unlikely 415 for victory.

The Tigers slipped to 4/81 in the 33rd over with Copeland dismissing both openers. However Beau Webster (80 off 214 balls) and James Faulkner (100 of 222 balls) showed they were made of sterner stuff batting unbroken for 72 overs to secure Tasmania a draw. It was Faulkner’s maiden Shield century, his second first class century following a hundred in county cricket this winter..

New South Wales will be disappointed not to close out a victory in a game they bossed for large parts. They may rue their decision not to enforce the follow on. To add to the Blues frustration skipper Moises Henriques suffered a side strain whilst bowling. With 8 overs remaining in the days play Henriques offered to the batsmen to call the game off as a draw. They refused and Henriques continued to bowl and injured himself.


New South Wales 2.86

Tasmania 1.37


Points table

Victoria 4 4 0 0 0 0 33.39
South Australia 4 2 2 0 0 0 22.27
New South Wales 4 2 1 0 1 0 19.26
Queensland 4 2 2 0 0 0 19.09
Tasmania 4 1 2 0 1 0 11.02
Western Australia 4 0 4 0 0 0 5.34

Leading run scorer

Player Matches Innings Runs Average 100 50
Marcus Harris (Victoria) 4 7 409 68.16 1 3
George Bailey (Tasmania) 4 8 376 62.66 1 2
Kurtis Patterson (New South Wales) 4 8 375 53.57 1 3
Peter Handscomb (Victoria) 3 4 363 90.75 1 2
Travis Head (South Australia) 4 6 362 60.33 1 2
Tom Cooper (South Australia) 4 6 352 58.66 1 2

Leading wicket taker

Player Matches Innings Wickets Average Economy
Chris Tremain (Victoria) 4 8 21 15.95 2.53
Chadd Sayers (South Australia) 4 8 21 21.23 2.79
Jon Holland (Victoria) 4 8 20 18.9 2.8
Scott Boland (Victoria) 4 8 17 24.94 3.05
Ashton Agar (Western Australia) 3 6 16 23.87 3.1
Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia) 4 7 14 23.14 2.92


Futures League

Wollongong hosted the NSW v ACT match. Pat Cummins was in action again bowling 30 overs across the two innings as NSW slumped to defeat.

Peter Forrest and keeper Jimmy Peirson made centuries as Queensland defeated South Australia at AB Field. Harry Neilsen made a hundred for South Australia.

Western Australia sent Cameron Bancroft back to the 2nd XI for the first innings of this match, he made. Tasmania won thanks to 99 to Tim Paine and 7 wickets to former Fitzroy-Doncaster cricketer, Andrew Perrin.

Futures League will now take a two month break until January 23.


The XI

1. Cameron Bancroft (Western Australia)

2. Jake Weatherald (South Australia)

3.  Travis Head (South Australia)

4. Moises Henriques (New South Wales)

5. Aaron Finch (Victoria)

6. Peter Neville (New South Wales)

7. James Faulkner (Tasmania)

8. Joe Mennie (South Australia)

9. Trent Copeland (New South Wales)

10. Jon Holland (Victoria)

11. Chris Tremain (Victoria)




The round ahead

Pink ball, day night round starting Monday December 5th

South Australia v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval

Tasmania v Victoria, Bellerive

Western Australia v Queensland, WACA





2016/17 Sheffield Shield Round Up 3

The Australian players return… sort of

The Australian test batsmen, keeper Peter Neville and spinner Nathan Lyon returned for State duty after the early finish to the second test against South Afirca in Hobart.

Why the Australian fast bowlers in Mennie, Starc and Hazlewood were not sent back to Shield duty is part of what is wrong with Australian cricket, managing bowling loads to the point where bowlers don’t bowl.

The Australian bowlers last bowled in the first test in Perth on Sunday November 6.

They then bowled the following overs split across Saturday November 12 and Monday November 14. Sunday was washed out.

Starc 24 overs

Hazlewood 31 overs

Mennie 28 overs

And they will now not bowl in a match until, at the earliest, Day 1 of the Adelaide test on Thursday November 24.

That’s 17 days in the middle of cricket season and the most overs bowled is 31 – its less than 2 overs per day. These are professional athletes who spend months in the gym developing the fitness to bowl, so let them bowl!


Victoria v New South Wales, SCG

For New South Wales, Dave Warner and Steve Smith edged out Ed Cowan and Ryan Gibson respectively, Peter Neville replaced Ryan Carters with the gloves and Nathan Lyon took the spot of Will Somerville.

Victoria took in an unchanged line up. John Hastings can’t force his way into the XI with Dan Christian preferred batting at No 8 and bowling his medium pacers.

Victoria batted first and were totally dominant on Day 1 fininshing on 2/292 at stumps. Travis Dean and Peter Handscomb were both unbeaten on centuries at the end of the days play. Day 2 started with Travis Dean dismissed on the third ball of the day without adding to his overnight score of 134. Peter Handscomb batted on, being out in the middle for 120 overs, on his way to his maiden double century, finally falling to Steve Smith for 215. Cameron White made another score of note tallying 75* before the Vics declared at 6/510.

Most of the NSW bowlers copped some tap but Nathan Lyon’s figures made for depressing reading 39 overs, 3 maidens, 0-141. His bowling appears completely innocuous at the moment, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he had a long spell out of the national team.

The Blues innings started poorly with Warner and Smith both dismissed cheaply and a stready procession of wickets meant NSW were dismissed for a paltry 225. Chris Tremain returned the parsimonious figures of 18 – 11 – 22 – 4. Scott Boland chipped in with 3/51.

Quick runs were the order of the day for Victoria and Marcus Harris answered the call with 62 off 67 balls as the Vics declared at 2/105 a lead of 391 runs.

New South Wales fared no better in the second innings, rolled for 192. Chris Tremain and Scott Boland were at it again, taking 3 wickets apiece.  A comprehensive victory for Victoria, their third outright win to start the season.


Victoria 7.94

New South Wales 0.55



Queensland v South Australia, Gabba

Queensland reacted to the 0-2 start ot the season by making 3 changes. Forgotten fast bowler Ben Cutting was recalled fo his first shield game in a long time. He replaced Mick Neser. Spinner Mitch Swepson was dropped in favour of Jason Floros and opener Matt Renshaw returned after a knee injury at the expense of Charlie Hemphrey.

South Australia were without the services of Dan Worral (back injury) and Joe Mennie (rested initially then foot injury). Kane Richardson and Nick Benton were called up as replacements.

Batting first Queensland lost Joe Burns early for 4. Matt Renshaw dug in, after the first hour of play, Renshaw had just 7 off 56 balls. His half-century took 137 deliveries, but he attacked leg spinner Adam Zampa to bring up his hundred off 190 balls. It was a fine example of accumulating runs, seeing off the swinging ball and moving through the gears as batting became easier. It was 20 year old Renshaw’s 3rd Shield century following two in his debut season in 2015/16.

Usman Khawaja also notched a century, 104 off 137 balls, and Jake Wildermuth and keeper Chris Hartley both contributed 70s as the Bulls declared at 7/475.

South Australia’s leg spinner Adam Zampa copped some stick going for 141 off 31 overs (4.75 runs per over) but did have the consolation of 4 wickets.

South Australia’s batting performance was uninspiring, only wicket keeper Alex Carey provided a innings of substance with 76. For the Bulls Luke Feldman and Peter Goerge picked up 3 wickets apiece. Marnus Labushagne claimed up a rare first class wicket, just his second, with his occasional leg spin knocking over Chadd Sayers.

Quick runs were the order of the day as Queensland looked to set South Australia a fourth innings target. Matt Renshaw started the innings in fine fashion with 50 off just 51 balls, Sam Heazlett chipped in with 62 and the Bulls decelared at 7/228, a lead of 445 runs.

South Australia looked to survive for 4 sessions to secure a draw. At stumps on Day 3 the Redbacks were 2/71. Regular wickets fell in the mroning session and it was Tom Cooper and Alex Carey each with half centuries who looked to solidify the innings. Wickets continued to fall but time was running out and the last wicket pair needed to survive 7 overs to secure a draw. The last ball of the 3rd last over of the day disaster struck for SA as Chadd Sayers was out bowled by Jason Floros with a ball that just trickled onto the stumps.



Queensland 8.43

South Australia 1.08




Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA

Western Australia swung the changes. Batsmen Will Bosisto, Ashton Agar (calf) and fast bowler David Moody (shoulder) were omitted. Mitch Marsh (shoulder) and Shaun Marsh (broken finger) were not avaialble. Adam Voges returned, as did fast bowler Simon Mackin.

D’Arcy Short, a Northern territory born left arm orthodox spinner, made his first class debut as a like for like replacement for the injured Agar.

Tasmania welcomed back James Faulkner at the expanse of Dom Michael. Leg spinner Cameron Boyce was omitted for the trip to the WACA with paceman Hamish Kingston preferred.

Batting first Western Australia started disastorously with Simon Milenko having both openers cught behind. Michael Klinger fell cheaply and the Warriors were 3/15. Adam Voges was hit in the back of the helment by a bouncer from Cameron Stevenson and reitred hurt on 16. He took no further part in the game due to the concussion he suffered from this blow.

Ashton Turner did his best to rescue the WA innings hitting 110 off 144 balls to register his maiden first class century. He was ably supported by keeper Sam Whitemen who chipped in with a half century. The damage was done early however and the Warriors wer all out for 262. Cameron Stevenson, Jackson Bird and Milenko snared two wickets apiece.

Tasmania made an interesting batting order change, promoting Alex Doolan to number 3 and demoting Beau Webster to number 5. The move work, Doolan peeled of his maiden first class double century. This was a remarkable innings mainly because it was completeley out of the blue – in the three years before this game Doolan had scored 1315 first class runs at 24.81 with 1 century.  Doolan batted through out day 2: he was 18 not out at stumps on Day 1 and by stumps on Day 2 he was 202*.

Perhaps Doolan was motivated by thoughts of adding to his 4 test appearances for Australia. Unforturnatley his match ended there as he was hit on the head late on Day 2 and after being assessed after stumps he was ruled out for the rest of the match.

Tasmania finished on 402 a lead of 140. Best of the WA bowlers was Jason Behrendorfwith 5/80.

The Wariors top order stumbled again with WA reduced to 4/44 before opener Jono Wells found an ally in keeper Sam Whiteman – both made centuries. Remarkably for Wells, a batsmen who made his debut for Tasmania in 2008, this was his maiden first class hundred. Jackson Bird and Hamish Kingston each took 3 wickets for Tassie.

The Warriors were all out for 345 leaving Tasmania a victory target of 206 off 71 overs. The Tigers did it in a canter finishing 1/209 off 51 overs with Jordan Silk back in the runs with 77*



Tasmania 7.90

Western Australia 1.22


Points table

Victoria                     25.28

South Australia       19.67

New South Wales   16.40

Queensland             11.13

Tasmania                   9.65

Western Australia    3.89


Tour Match: Victoria XI v South Africa, MCG, D/N

South Africa reduced this planned pink ball day-night 2 day game to a 1 day game. A claytons toss meant South Africa would bat under lights against he pink ball.

The Vics put out a decent line up with Aaron Finch as skipper along with former test player Rob Quiney. Unfortunately for Victoria fast bolwer Jake Reed injured himslef and Sam Grimwade hurt his shoulder fielding. In a strange and eery match at a nearly empty MCG the result was a draw. South Africa did not seriously chase the 250 odd the Vics had made.


Futures League

Prior to this Shield round a round of Futures League cricket was played.

Queensland and Victoria met at Allan Border Field. Sam Truloff made a centruy and 90 for the Bulls as they easily accounted for Victoria. Leg spinner James Muirhead’s second innings bowling figures for Victoria were 12 overs 2-111. Matt Short made a century for the Vics.

Tasmania travelled to Blacktown and defeated NSW. Ben Rhorer skippered a NSW team featuring Pat Cummins, Garinder Sandhu and Arjun Nair. Cummins had a light load bowling 21 overs across the 4 days returning figures of 21 – 11 – 3 -25.

For Tasssie Tim Paine played as a batsmen batting at number 4 and Ben McDermott took the gloves.  There were a plethora of scores in the 40s and 50s throughout the match but the one score of note was 102* to Dan Salpietro batting at 3 for Tassie as he anchored their succesful final innings pursuit of  276 for victory.

Western Australia beat the ACT at Manuka Oval. The ACT first innings featured 5 ducks (including both openers) fortunatley number 3 Jono Dean steadied the ship with 162. Josh Inglis made 121 for WA and Dean Solway (son of Canberra legend Peter) made 102 in the second innings. WA won comfortably thanks to the left arm orthodox spin bowling of D’Arcy Short who took 4/49 and 5/79.

The XI

  1. Travis Dean (Victoria)
  2. Matt Renshaw (Queensland)
  3. Alex Doolan (Tasmania)
  4. Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
  5. Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
  6. Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
  7. Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)
  8. Jason Behrendorf (Western Australia)
  9. Chris Tremain (Victoria)
  10. Scott Boland (Victoria)
  11. Peter George (Queensland)



The round ahead

Matches start on Saturday November 26

Tasmania v New South Wales, Bellerive

Victoria v South Australia, MCG

Queensland v Western Australia, Townsville

2016/17 Sheffield Shield Round Up 2

New South Wales v Western Australia, SCG

New South Wales lost a host of internationals and welcomed Steve O’Keefe returning from a broken finger which sidelined him from the Matador Cup. Spinner Will Somerville added another game to his interesting career. Nic Maddinson was added to the batting line up as was debutant Ryan Gibson who performed strongly with the bat for the CAXI in the Matador Cup.

Western Australia also made a host of changes to their batting line up with Messers Voges Marsh and Marsh departing for national duty and replaced by Jono Wells, “The Buzz” Will Bosisto and Ashton Turner.

Batting first the Warriors were blown away by the NSW spinners, Steve O’Keefe took his 8th 5 wicket haul in first class cricket with 5/65 and Will Somerville claimed 4/61.

Western Australia were in deep trouble at 6/99 but it was a fighting 81 not out to Ashton Turner batting at 8 that lead them to a score of some respectability, 216 all out.

The wisdom of Ashton Agar batting at number 5 above Bosisto, Whiteman (as he did in round 1) and Turner has to be questioned.

In reply the Blues were guided by Kurtis Patterson (60) and Nic Maddinson with 116 off 200 balls, his 8th first class hundered, but the tail subsided quickly with Ryan Gibson making a duck on debut and NSW were all out 298, a lead of 82 runs. For the Warriors Jason Behrendorff took 4/83 and Ashton Agar returned a career best 6/110.

Western Australia’s second innings only highlight was a half century to Michael Klinger as the Warriors lost wickets at regular intervals to be all out for 177. Spin once again did the damage, Will Somerville took a 5fer claiming 5/65 and Steve O’Keefe took 3/41.

This meant NSW needed just 96 for victory. Fresh off his 5 wicket haul, Will Somerville opened the batting to face the 1 over at the end of Day 3 as an opener/nightwatchmen. Somerville made 23 and NSW were crusing to victory at 2/75 when all hell broke loose 5 wickets fell for 19 runs and it took number 9 Trent Copeland to hit his first ball for 2 to get the Blues over the line. Ashton Agar took 4/31 to give him match figures of 10/141.

Will Somerville capped a memorable match with the Man of the Match award. He took 4/61 and 5/65 with his off spin and also batted in the top 3 in both innings as a night watchmen making 11 and 23.


New South Wales 7.98

Western Australia 1.16



Victoria v Queensland, MCG

Queensland made 2 changes to their line up dropping Matador Cup captain Jason Floros in favour of Jake Wildermuth and Sam Heazlett replaced Usman Khawaja. Victoria, under direction from Cricket Australia, recalled Glen Maxwell at the expense of Aaron Finch. Peter Siddle departed for Australian duty, Dan Christian held his spot and Marcus Stoinis returned to bat at number 3.

The Queensland top order had no answer to pacemen Scott Boland and Chris Tremain who reduced  the Bulls to 4/11. Sam Heazlett did his best with a half century but Queensland were dismissed for just 137 in 48 overs. Jon Holland cleaned up the tale claiming a rare 4 wicket haul with 4/32.

Victoria’s innings was in trouble at 2/8 but the recovery was started by half centuries to Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb. It was continued on by Glenn Maxwell(81) and Cameron White who batted with the tail to record an unbeaten century. Peter George and Jake Wildermuth claimed 3 wickets apiece for the Bulls.

Queensland’s second innings lurched from poor to abysmal in the 14th over the first bowled by left arm orthodox spinner Jon Holland. Queensland started the over at 1/23 after Joe Burns was dismissed cheaply for the second time in the match. The first ball of the over opener Chris Hemphrey was out lbw for 14. The third ball of the over Sam Heazlett was bowled for a second ball duck and the sixth ball of the over Peter Forrest was out for a third ball duck. All up a 3 wicket maiden for Jon Holland, Queensland 4/23. Peter Forrest’s poor start to the season continued: 7, 11, 0 and 3 are his four innings in the Shield this summer.

Marnus Labushagne (70) tried valiantly to add some respectability to the scoreboard but when he pulled a short ball from Marcus Stoinis around the corner to Glenn Maxwell waiting a short backward square leg the end was nigh for Queensland.

Jon Holland took another 4 wicket haul with 4/46 and Victoria won by an innings and 81 runs.



Victoria 8.61

Queensland 0.7


South Australia v Tasmania, Adelaide Oval

Tasmania reacted to their loss to Victoria by making 3 changes. Opener Jordan Silk was recalled at the expense of Caleb Jewel. James Faulkner did not make the XI due to injury and was replaced by Dom Michael. Fast bowler Andrew Fekete was replaced by Cameron Stevenson.

South Australia recalled leg spinner Adam Zampa at the expense of fast bowler Kane Richardson.

Tasmania batted first and were ripped apart by South Australian fast bowler, Chadd Sayers. Sayers took 6/32 as Tasmania were dismissed for 98 in 44 overs. Sayers wickets were 2 bowled, 1 lbw, 3 caught by wicket keeper Alex Carey. Carey claimed 5 catches in the innings for the second time this season.

In reply South Australia found batting much easier. Opener Jake Weatherald (135) made a century as did Jake Lehmann (129*), his 5th first class hundred, in a total of 418 all out. Cameron Stevenson was the pick of the bowlers for Tasmania with 4/110.

Facing a deficit of 387 runs Tasmania’s second innings began disastrously with Chadd Sayers picking up 2 wickets in the opening over of the innings. The Tigers slumped to 4/18 before George Bailey provided some ballast to the innings with a mighty 142*. He was using an unusual batting stance that meant he was standing across his stumps on a diagonal facing toward 3rd slip. It worked for him and Baiely was fortunate to have such a competent batsmen at number 11 Jackson Bird. Bird partnered Bailey to his century and made 39 off 71 balls perhaps inspired by the comment by Rod Marsh that he couldn’t bat. It was the most number of balls faced by a number 11 in 8 seasons of Shield cricket. Jackson Bird was also second highest scorer in the match for Tasmania after Bailey, he made 45 runs for once out.

Chad Sayers finally ended the 95 run last wicket partnership to return figures of 5/44 his match figures were 11/76 and he won the Man of the Match award.

South Australia won by an innings and 98 runs. Tasmania’s batting woes stretch into a 3rd consecutive Shield season.


South Australia 8.98

Tasmania 0.8


The points table

After 2 rounds South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are all on 2 wins whilst Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania are on 0 wins.


The XI

1. Jake Weatherald (South Australia)

2. Will Somerville (New South Wales)

3. Nic Maddinson (New South Wales)

4. George Bailey (Tasmania)

Jake Lehmann (South Australia)
6.Cameron White (Victoria)

Alex Carey (South Australia)

Ashton Agar (Western Australia)

Steve O’Keefe (New South Wales)

Jon Holland (Victoria)

Chadd Sayers (South Australia)



The round ahead

Matches start on Thursday November 17

Queensland v South Australia, Gabba

Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA

New South Wales v Victoria, SCG



Tour match – November 19 & 20

Victoria 2nd XI v South Africa, MCG, D/N