A round of pink ball day night matches to draw to a close the first half of the Shield season. The Shield returns on the 1st of February with the Duke cricket ball.
Western Australia v Queensland, WACA
Western Australia welcomed back Adam Voges and replaced the injured Jason Behrendorf with Josh Nicholas.
Queensland regained their Test players and were glad for the inclusion of Usman Khawaja who managed innings of 157 and 61 to score 218 of Queensland’s 491 runs for the match, an impressive 44% of the Bull’s total runs.
Batting first Queensland made 353 with WA paceman Simon Mackin taking 5/68. Adam Voges took a scarcely believable 5 catches in the innings, I wonder if this is a record for a non-wicket keeper.
In reply the Warriors were in trouble at 7/125 but an even century to Ashton Turner and a well made half century to number 9 Josh Nicholas restored respectability to the scorecard with WA eventually all out for 265. Despite barely being able to make a run in the Futures League, Josh Nicholas has made lower order runs with ease in his 3 Shield matches. His 4 innings have included 3 scores past 40.
With a lead of 80 odd the Bulls were looking to set WA a victory target somewhere north of 350. Simon Mackin had other ideas as he ripped apart the Queensland batting line up taking 6/33 from 16 overs. The Bulls were rolled for 138 in 47 overs, Usman Khawaja made 61. Adam Voges managed just 1 catch in this innings.
This left the Warriors needing 227 for victory and they did it with ease. Jonathan Wells proved his first Shield century was no fluke making 113 not out and along with Adam Voges (78 not out) saw the Warriors to victory with 8 wickets in hand – their first win of the season.
Western Australia 7.35
Tasmania v Victoria, Bellerive Oval
Tasmania handed former Victorian 2nd XI player Jake Hancock a debut at number 3 replacing George Bailey. Victoria welcomed back Peter Handscomb and Dan Christian into the XI as Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell departed for ODI duty.
Tasmania batted first and manged just 205 thanks to half centuries to Queensland imports Dom Michael and Simon Milenko. Jon Holland continued his rich vien of form taking 5/49.
In reply the Bushrangers floundered but were saved by 93 to Dan Christian who batted intelligently with the tail to secure a first innings lead for the Vics. He was last man out with the score on 230. Sam Rainbird did the damage for the Tigers with 4/25 off 10 overs.
Tasmania’s second innings looked to be heading the way of its first at 5/161 but Beau Webster and Simon Milenko had other ideas. Batting at number 8, Milenko recorded his second 50 of the match and Webster pushed on to 122 not out. Tassie declared at 9/387 setting the Bushrangers 361 to win in a day and an hour. Chris Tremain was the Vics best with 4/97. John Hastings succumbed to a leg injury whilst bowling and would play no further part in the game.
Victoria made it through to stumps on Day 3 unscathed but made heavy going of the chase on Day 4 losing set batsmen Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb, both bowled in consecutive overs by Sam Rainbird, to slump to 4/138. Cameron White and Dan Christian put on a vital partnership of 123 but when White and then Sam Harper departed in consecutive deliveries from Jackson Bird the Vics were once again in trouble at 6/261 with 20 odd overs remaining. More wickets fell, the Vics were 8 down and it was unclear if John Hastings would bat. On what turned out to be the last ball before the rain arrived, Jackson Bird rapped Dan Christian on the pads and a huge LBW appeal ensued. The umpire was unmoved, rain halted play and persisted meaning the match was not able to be restarted. The Vics had escaped with a draw.
Dan Christian won the Scott Mason Memorial medal, for his two fine innings. The medal is awarded annually during the Tasmania v Vcitoria Shield match in Hobart in memory of Tasmanian cricket Scott Mason who died in the nets of a heart attack in 2005 aged just 28.
South Australia v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval
South Australia continue to be without the services of Dan Worrall due to injury. Adam Zampa was replaced by paceman David Grant making his first class debut. Batsmen Sam Raphael came in for Travis Head.
New South Wales coach Trent Johnson said on match eve that captain Moises Henriques would play as a batsmen only and that one of the two fast bowlers Gurinder Sandhu and Charlie Stobo would fill the vacant position created due to Trent Copeland breaking his finger in the previous match.
Moises Henriques did not play, Gurinder Sandhu replaced Copeland for his first match of the summer and somewhat surprisingly Doug Bollinger was made 12th man and Charlie Stobo debuted.
New South Wales batted first with Daniel Hughes and Nic Maddinson making half centuries and Nathan Lyon slogging his way to a career best 61 off 65 balls. The Blues were all out for 269, opening bowlers Chadd Sayers and Kane Richardson took 3 wickets apiece for the Redbacks, wicket keeper Alex Carey took 4 catches.
South Australia fared no better in reply making only 236 thanks mainly to 61 to Sam Raphael. Nathan Lyon and Charlie Stobo took 3 wickets each.
In the NSW second innings Ed Cowan battled hard with a Cowan ton, 45 off 100 balls faced. Whilst Ryan Carters ran out of partners as he registered a red ink Cown ton of his own – 25 not out off 104 balls. The innings contained 5 ducks and a pair of 1s as the the Blues were rolled for 87. Chadd Sayers (5/27 off 19 overs) and Kane Richardson (3/23 off 13 overs) once again did the damage. Alex Carey collected another 4 dismissals.
This left South Australia to chase 121 for victory and they were in all sorts of trouble at 5/49 with Charlie Stobo taking 3 top order wickets. Jake Lehamnn (47 not out) worked with the tail and just as the situation was growing tense at 8 wickets down he belted Nathan Lyon for 6 and finished the game. Charlie Stobo finished with 4 wickets.
Gurinder Sandhu made an inauspicious return for the Blues picking up 1 wicket, bowling keeper Alex Carey. He went for 4 runs an over and was trusted with the least number of overs in the first innings, 14, where as the other bowlers bowled 20, 29 and 23 respectively.
In the second innings Sandhu did not bowl, and captain Peter Neville preferred to turn to debutante Charlie Stobo when he needed a wicket in the final overs.
How Sandhu’s stocks have fallen in the past 2 seasons.
South Australia 7.36
New South Wales 1.69
|New South Wales||5||2||2||0||1||20.95|
Leading run scorer
|Marcus Harris (Victoria)||5||480||60.00||1||4|
|Usman Khawaja (Queensland)||3||432||72.00||2||2|
|Ashton Turner (Western Australia)||4||429||71.50||2||1|
|Peter Handscomb (New South Wales)||4||410||68.33||1||2|
|Jake Weatherald (South Australia)||5||391||48.87||1||2|
At the other end of the scale are a few notable names:
Callum Ferguson has 157 runs from 8 innings including 101 in one innings.
Glenn Maxwell has managed 129 runs in 5 innings.
Matthew Wade has 113 runs from 4 innings.
To put this in context, South Australia’s number 9 Chadd Sayers has 114 runs for the season.
Leading wicket taker
|Chadd Sayers (South Australia)||5||29||18.58||2.63||42.20|
|Chris Tremain (Victoria)||5||27||17.55||2.63||40.00|
|Jon Holland (Victoria)||5||27||18.48||2.69||41.00|
|Scott Boland (Victoria)||5||19||28.94||3.07||56.40|
|Jackson Bird (Tasmania)||4||18||26.05||2.92||53.40|
Interesting to note a couple of players who changed states in the off-season.
Marcus Harris moved from Western Australia to Victoria and leads all run scorers at the half way point of the season.
Leg spinner Cameron Boyce moved to Tasmania but has found opportunities as hard to come by as he did in Queensland. He has played 2 Shield matches taking 2 wickets at an average of 80 whilst going for 5.27 runs per over.
- Jonathan Wells (Western Australia)
- Jordan Silk (Tasmania)
- Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
- Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
- Beau Webster (Tasmania)
- Dan Christian (Victoria)
- Alex Carey (South Australia)
- Simon Mackin (Western Australia)
- Chadd Sayers (South Australia)
- Charlie Stobo (New South Wales)
- Jon Holland (Victoria)
The round ahead
The Shield now takes a 7 week break for the BBL.
It returns on the 1st of February with the Duke cricket ball.