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.
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
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.
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