Mid Off Cricket Podcast – Episode 17



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.


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.



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.


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 7

The results

A pink ball day/night round of Sheffield Shield cricket.

South Australia v Victoria, Adelaide Oval

Victoria regained the services of Glen Maxwell and Matthew Wade at the expense of Sam Harper and Cameron White. South Australia welcomed back Adam Zampa and handed a debut to right arm paceman Cameron Valente.

Victoria batted first and managed 325 thanks to half centuries to the Big Show (79 off 78 balls) and Travis Dean. In reply South Australia were all out for 224 with Scott Boland taking 5/38.

Victoria set about building its lead in the second innings. A fine century to Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell’s 63 allowed the Bushrangers to declare at 5/306 and set South Australia a victory target of 408.

The Redbacks were never in the hunt with Scott Boland taking another 3 wickets but it was Fawad Ahmed who did the real damage taking 5/24 off 12 overs. Only Travis Head provided a semblance of resistance with a half century as the Redbacks subsided for 189 all out.


Victoria 8.75

South Australia 1.74


Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA

New South Wales replaced Peter Neville and Nathan Lyon with Ryan Carters and Steve O’Keefe. Ed Cowan missed due to a blow to the helmet last match, Nick Larkin opened the batting in his place.

Western Australia omitted Nathan Rimmington and recalled Ashton Agar. Forgotten opener Marcus Harris was given an opportunity batting at number 4, replacing Adam Voges.

New South Wales batted first and were ably led by a century to opener Daniel Hughes and a patient 79 to Ben Rhorer on their way to 316. Best for the Warriors was Joel Paris with 4/61.

In reply Western Australia managed 8/511 (declared) thanks to 144 to Cameron Bancroft, 120 to the recalled Marcus Harris and 96 to Ashton Turner. Bancroft fell to the very occasional bowling of Ben Rhorer – just his 5th first class wicket, the other 4 all came in one innings.

Facing a first innings deficit of nearly 200, the Blues aim was survival. A mature innings of 129* off 289 balls from number 3 Kurtis Patterson helped New South Wales salvage a draw.


Western Australia 2.86

New South Wales 1.94


Queensland v Tasmania, Gabba

For Tasmania, George Bailey returned as skipper, replacing Alex Doolan as captain and in the batting line up. Jackson Bird was replaced by Hamish Kingston and Clive Rose was omitted, replaced by Evan Gulbis. For Queensland, Mick Nesser and Joe Burns were replaced by Mark Stekete and Marnus Labuschagne.

Tasmania batted first and were dismissed for 300 with Beau Webster impressing with his second century in as many matches, making 106 at number 3. Best bowlers for the Bulls were Peter George and Jack Wildermuth with 3 wickets each.

In reply Queensland were in a spot of trouble at 6/209. Enter James Hopes. The veteran smashed 94 off 60 balls including 16 fours. His batting partner Chris Hartley played the more restrained role finishing on 70* as the Bulls were all out for 376 a first innings lead of 76. The Tigers best bowlers were Andrew Fekete and Beau Webster with 3 wickets apiece.

Tasmania’s second innings was not pretty reading with the top 7 batsmen all getting starts (except skipper Bailey) but only wicket keeper Tom Triffit making a half century. The Tigers were all out for 233, Jack Wildermuth chipped in with another 3 wickets. George Bailey had a tough return match – 0 and 5.

This left Queensland needing 158 for victory and they were guided to the target by 79 not out to Chris Hemphrey.



Queensland 9.23

Tasmania 2.39


The points table

Victoria                      44.62
Queensland               36.98
South Australia        30.39
New South Wales     28.31
Western Australia    26.55
Tasmania                    14.68



The Shield final

Recently all states were asked to submit their preferred venue should they host the Shield final. Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania nominated their main ground but South Australia nominated Glenelg Oval in Adelaide, Victoria nominated Traegar Park in Alice Springs and New South Wales venue is yet to be determined but Coffs Harbour is being investigated.

If the Shield final is to remain then it needs to have a fixed venue – for example Manuka Oval in Canberra or Traegar Park in Alice Springs.

As a footnote Victoria’s final round match against New South Wales starting on March 15 has been moved from the MCG to Traegar Park in Alice Springs.


The XI

1. Cameron Bancroft (Western Australia)

2. Daniel Hughes (New South Wales)

3. Kurtis Patterson (New South Wales)

4. Peter Handscomb (Victoria)

5. Marcus Harris (Western Australia)

6. Beau Webster (Tasmania)

7. Chris Hartley (Queensland)

8. James Hopes (Queensland)

9. Scott Boland (Victoria)

10. Joel Paris (Western Australia)

11. Fawad Ahmed (Victoria)


The round ahead

New South Wales v South Australia, Coffs Harbour

Tasmania v Victoria, Bellerive Oval

Western Australia v Queensland, WACA


2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 6

The results

Victoria v Tasmania, MCG

Victoria made a host of changes to cover for those on Australian ODI duty with Ian Holland making his Shield debut, Cameron White playing his first Shield match in 12 months and Sam Harper, a 19 year old  wicket keeper, also making his debut.

Tasmania welcomed back Jordan Silk at the top of the order, Alex Doolan skippered the team and dropped down to number 5 and Ben McDermott, another wicket keeper batsmen and son of Craig, was given a debut batting at 6. Clive Rose was preferred to Xavier Doherty as the spin option.

Victoria won the toss and sent Tassie in. The Tigers managed 241 thanks to two of their youngest batsmen. 22 year old Beau Webster batting at 3, made his maiden Shield century and he was ably supported by Ben McDermott’s 65. For the Vics Pattinson, Siddle and Tremain shared 7 wickets amongst them.

In reply Victoria managed just 271, a lead of only 30 runs, thanks to 50 to Peter Handscomb and 95 to Dan Christian. Cameron White, playing his first Shield match this season, made a first ball duck. Sam Rainbird was the pick of the Tassie bowlers with 4/68.

Tasmania’s second innings was held together by 79* to Ben McDermott as the visitors were dismissed or 228. The pick of the Victorian bowlers was Chris Tremain with 4/37. This left Victoria a target of 199 for outright victory and they achieved it late on Day 3 in an extended final session for the loss of just 3 wickets.

Ron Quiney made 85* and was ably supported by Travis Dean (50) and Cameron White (30).

Victoria had two player replacements during the match. Marcus Stoinis was dispatched to NZ late on Day 1 (as an injury replacement for the national team) and was replaced by Ian Holland. James Pattinson did not play on Day 3 as he also departed for NZ for test preparations (rather early some may say). He was replaced by Clint McKay.

Sam Harper was meant to be playing for Australia in the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh at this time but security concerns meant the Australian team didn’t participate. Instead he became the youngest ever Victorian wicketkeeper and claimed a record 9 dismissals on debut. He is also the 5th wicket keeper Victoria have used this season (Wade, Ayre, Handscomb, Finch)


Victoria 8.21

Tasmania 1.91


South Australia v Queensland, Adelaide Oval

South Australia lost Adam Zampa to national duties in NZ and replaced him with left arm orthodox spinner, 21 year old Tom Andrews who made his SA debut. Andrews was rewarded for good form in the Futures League where he recently took a 7 wicket haul. Sam Raphael replaced the injured Callum Ferguson at number 3.

Queensland welcomed back Joe Burns and Chris Lynn to the batting order. Batsmen Charlie Hemphrey and bowling all rounder Mick Nesser also played their first Shield matches of the season.

Queensland won the toss and batted scoring 6/474 declared thanks to a fine 146 to opener Matt Renshaw, the 19 year olds second century of the season, and a maiden century to 22 year old Jack Wildermuth, batting at number 6.

In reply South Australia were all out for 315 with a century to Jake Lehmann (126 off 121 balls) the highlight. He was ably supported by a patient 65 to Sam Raphael. Ex-SA paceman, Peter George and 22 year old leg spinner Mitch Swepson were the pick of the Queensland bowlers with 3 wickets a piece.

In the second innings Queensland needed quick runs to set South Australia a 4th innings target. Sam Heazlett (72) and Chris Hartley (55*) helped the Bulls to 8/258 declared which set South Australia a victory target of 418.

The Redbacks never seriously threatened this total despite all batsmen, right down to number 10, getting into double figures. South Australia were dismissed for 244 to hand Queensland outright victory.


Queensland 9.23

South Australia 1.65


New South Wales v Western Australia, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, NZ

Western Australia recalled Nathan Rimmington for his first Shield match this season and Ashton Agar was omitted.

New South Wales also recalled a forgotten pace bowler with Trent Copeland in the team also for the first time this season. Peter Neville made a rare Shield appearance too.

New South Wales batted first and made 402 all out thanks to half centuries to each of the top 4 – Daniel Hughes, Ed Cowan, Kurtis Patterson and Nic Maddinson. The pick of the WA bowlers was David Moody with 3 wickets.

In reply the Warriors innings was anchored by a fine 149 to Adam Voges ably supported by keeper Sam Whiteman who made 93. Western Australia were all out for 491 off 148 overs. Some of the New South Wales 5 man attack did a power of bowling – Trent Copeland sent down 36 overs and Nathan Lyon bowed 46 overs. Each of them, along with Doug Bollinger, finished with 3 wickets for over 100 runs.

In their second innings NSW struggled to 4-77 which was effectively 5 wickets down. Ed Cowan was ruled out of the match with the concussion rule after receiving a blow to the head whilst batting in the second innings. Peter Neville (69 of 210 balls) and Nic Maddinson (26 off 165 balls) dug in to secure a draw for NSW. Joel Paris claimed 4/37 for the Warriors


Western Australia 2.57

New South Wales 2.57


Points table

Victoria 35.87
South Australia 28.65
Queensland 27.75
New South Wales 26.37
Western Australia 23.69
Tasmania 12.29


The XI

1. Matt Renshaw (Queensland)

2. Rob Quiney (Victoria)

3. Beau Webster (Tasmania)

4. Adam Voges (Western Australia)

5. Jake Lehmann (South Australia)

6. Jack Wildermuth (Queensland)

7. Sam Harper+ (Victoria)

8. Chris Tremain (Victoria)

9. Sam Rainbird (Tasmania)

10. Mitchell Swepson (Queensland)

11. Joel Paris (Western Australia)


The round ahead

Another pink ball, day night round of fixtures commence next Sunday February 14

South Australia v Victoria, Adelaide Oval

Queensland v Tasmania, Gabba

Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA