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.
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.
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
New South Wales 44.13
South Australia 40.67
Western Australia 36.18
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.
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.
- 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