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 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


2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 5

The results

Some very low scores were recorded in this round of the Shield.

Victoria v South Australia, MCG

South Australia recalled leg spinner Adam Zampa, whilst Victoria welcomed back John Hastings to replace Clint McKay. A green top greeted both the captains and Travis Head had no hesitation in sending in the Busharangers when he won the toss. It was to be a low scoring and short contest.

Dan Worrall (5/69) and Joe Mennie (3/46) rolled the Vics for just 180. Glen Maxwell produced the only innings of substance making 62 off 55 balls. The innings was over between lunch and tea on Day 1.

In reply South Australia could only manage 199 with Chris Tremain taking 5/52. An even 50 to Mark Cosgrove was the only score of note.

Batting a second time the Bushrangers fared worse, bowled out for 163 with Joe Mennie (4/55) and Chadd Sayers(3/61) and Dan Worrall (3/44) sharing the spoils for the Redbacks.

This left South Australia with a victory target of just 145 and they produced the most accomplished batting of the match. Tom Cooper made 54, Cal Ferguson finished 43* as the Redbacks attacked the small target with gusto chasing it down in just 27 overs at a run rate of nearly 5.5 per over. The game was over mid way through Day 3.

After this poor batting display the Vics might want to look at the balance of their side and include a few more batsmen rather than a fleet of allrounders, in particular replace Dan Christian with a batsmen.


South Australia 7.5

Victoria 1.5


Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA

Tasmania travelled to Perth and welcomed back James Faulkner from a toe injury. The Tigers lost patience with former Test player Alex Doolan and he was dropped, Beau Webster shuffled around the order again moving up to 3.

The revolving door selection policy at the top of the order continued with Dom Michael dropped again and Jordan Silk returned to the team. Xavier Doherty was picked as the spinner replacing Hamish Kingston.

Western Australia brought in Ashton Turner to the middle order replacing Tom Beaton and rotated their fast bowlers with Andrew Tye replaced by Simon Mackin.

Batting first Tasmania were all out for 261 with keeper Tom Triffit the top scorer with 66. The pick of the WA bowlers was old man Michael Hogan with 4/48 off 24 overs.

In reply the Warriors were struggling at 6/232 until Aston Agar produced his second century for the season. Agar scored 108 off 126 balls with 18 fours to lead the Warriors to 415 and a first innings lead. Tom Triffit had a shocker with the gloves dropping Agar twice plus another two catches for a total of four dropped catches in the innings. Tim Paine may yet get another chance.

The Tigers batting line up struggled again in the second innings, all out for just 205 with Ben Dunk’s 75 the only innings of note. Second gamer, 22 year old left arm quick Joel Paris was the destroyer with 6/23 off 14.3 overs – no doubt he will have moved up Rod Marsh’s depth charts now. Warriors wicket keeper, Sam Whiteman, took 5 catches in the innings (all from the bowling of Paris), to give him 7 dismissals for the match.

Western Australia chased down the small matter of 52 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket to secure an outright win.


Western Australia 8.34

Tasmania 1.11


Queensland v New South Wales, Harrup Park, McKay

Queensland made two changes bringing in 22 year old leg spinner Mitchell Swepson for his first class debut and veteran paceman Luke Feldman. The pair replaced Jake Wildermuth and Ben Cutting who were both omitted. Ben Cutting (8 wickets at an average of 40 in 4 matches this season) is not the same first class cricketer who was called into the Australian test squad a few years ago. This was James Hopes 100th Sheffield Shield match for Queensland.

New South Wales reconfigured their line up due to the loss of skipper Moises Henriques with a calf injury. Daniel Hughes came in to open, Ryan Carters moved down from opening to number 6 and took over the keeping gloves from Jay Lenton who was omitted. 31 year old NZ born off spinner Wade Somerville was called up and Nic Maddinson was made captain.

Batting first the Queensland innings was dominated by a magnificeint 170 from 19 year old opener Matt Renshaw who scored almost half of his teams 342 runs. On a slow pitch in McKay that made scoring difficult the runs came at just 2.50 runs per over. Wade Somerville was the pick of the NSW bowlers with 5/110.

The Blues struggled with the slow pitch combined with a lush outfield, and crawled along at just 2 an over to post 260 all out in 125 overs. Half centuries to Ben Rhorer and Kurtis Patterson were the highlights for NSW whilst for the Bulls Jason Floros and Luke Feldman took 4 wickets apiece, with Feldman cleaning up the tail claiming his 4 wickets in just 11 balls.

Queensland declared its second innings at 7/131 shortly after lunch on Day 4 leaving NSW to chase 214 for victory. At tea the visitors were 2/66 and needed, up stepped stand in captain Nic Maddinson. Defying the slow scoring throughout the match he belted 80 from just 72 balls to almost lead the Blues to victory. He fell with NSW needing 23 more runs and the team stumbled losing 3 more quick wickets before Steve O’Keefe and Gurinder Sandhu steadied the ship and scored the remaining 12 required runs as the light closed in. Best bowlers for Queensland were offspinner Floros with 4/71 and leg spinner Swepson with 3/69.


New South Wales 5.97

Queensland 0.68



Points table

Team Points
Victoria 27.70
South Australia 27.00
New South Wales 23.80
Western Australia 21.14
Queensland 18.50
Tasmania 10.41


The XI from Round 5

A very poor round for batsmen, just 2 centuries were scored.

1. Matt Renshaw (Queensland)

2. Ben Dunk (Tasmania)

3. Michael Klinger (Western Australia)

4. Nic Maddinson (New South Wales)

5. Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)

6. Jason Floros (Queensland)

7. Ashton Agar (Western Australia)

8. Chris Tremain (Victoria)

9. Dan Worrall (South Australia)

10. Joe Mennie (South Australia)

11. Joel Paris ( Western Australia)


Leading run scorers

Player State Matches Runs Highest Average 100 50
BR Dunk Tasmania 5 595 144* 66.11 3 2
GJ Bailey Tasmania 5 543 148* 60.33 2 2
CJ Ferguson South Australia 5 478 213 53.11 1 1
M Klinger Western Australia 5 453 202* 64.71 1 3
TJ Dean Victoria 5 418 154* 69.66 2 1
MT Renshaw Queensland 4 395 170 56.42 1 1
EJM Cowan New South Wales 5 376 107* 53.71 1 1
PSP Handscomb Victoria 5 362 137 51.71 1 2
AC Agar Western Australia 5 354 106 44.25 2 1
AI Ross South Australia 5 334 92* 47.71 0 3

Leading wicket takers

Player State Matches Wickets Average Economy Strike Rate
JM Mennie South Australia 5 24 18.87 2.39 47.20
JM Bird Tasmania 5 22 24.00 2.69 53.40
SNJ O’Keefe New South Wales 5 17 24.64 2.53 58.40
AL Fekete Tasmania 4 17 33.94 4.07 50.00
DJ Worrall South Australia 3 16 21.43 3.20 40.10
CJ Sayers South Australia 4 16 25.81 2.56 60.40
DE Bollinger New South Wales 4 15 18.66 2.39 46.80
Fawad Ahmed Victoria 5 15 24.86 3.42 43.60
MG Hogan Western Australia 4 15 28.00 2.69 62.20
JS Paris Western Australia 2 14 16.85 3.27 30.90
JR Hopes Queensland 4 14 25.00 2.37 63.10



The round ahead

A break now for the BBL, the next Shield round commences on February 3:

New South Wales v Western Australia, Lincoln, New Zealand

Victoria v Tasmania, MCG

South Australia v Queensland, Adelaide Oval



2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 4

The results

Western Australia v Victoria, WACA

Western Australia lost Shaun Marsh to a national call up and were all set to regain fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile from injury but he was suspended for 1 match showing dissent during the proceeding Futures League match so was not available for selection. Instead WA went with young fast bowler Joel Paris on his first class debut and former Tasmanian batsmen Jon Wells stepped into the batting order at number 3.

Victoria lost Peter Siddle to Australian duty and James Pattinson for half the match as he did some preparation with the national team. Clint McKay played his first shield match for some time and Chris Tremain was the nominated player who would make way for Pattinson (not Patterson)

David Saker must see it as essential that the Vics have 4 bowlers plus 3 allrounders – Maxwell, Stoinis and Christian – to have 7 bowling options in Shield matches. It is difficult otherwise to understand why wicketkeeper Aaron Ayres (the late injury replacement for Matthew Wade in the previous game) was dropped and Dan Christian recalled with Peter Handscomb taking over keeping duties. With Wade injured and Siddle away, Aaron Finch was skipper of the Bushrangers.

Victoria were keen for an outright victory following the draw when the teams met in the previous round. Batting first the Vics made 322 in just 83 overs with Peter Handscomb leading the way with 98 and Marcus Stoinis – the king of the unconverted half century – making 75. For WA the pick of the bowlers was débutante Joel Paris with 4/68.

In reply WA made it to 50 without loss before collapsing to be 186 all out. Chris Tremain was the pick of the bowlers with 4/48. Batting a second time the Vics once again made 322 – this time 7 declared –  with Marcus Stoinis making a rare journey to triple figures with 110 and Rob Quiney and Pete Handscomb making half centuries.

Set an improbable 459 for victory the Warriors collapsed to be all out for 102 in 29 overs. Peter Hanscomb did not wicket keep in the second innings for personal reasons and Aaron Finch wore the gloves, Scott Boland took 7/31 for the Vics. The rout was completed inside 3 days.


Victoria 8.8

Western Australia 1.5 


Tasmania v South Australia, Bellerive

Tasmania lost James Faulkner to toe and knee injuries and recalled Dom Michael to open the batting with Beau Webster shuffling down to number 6. Andrew Fekete returned after some work on his bowling action according to Tigers coach Dan Marsh. Spinner Xav Doherty was dropped and no spot for Ben Hilfenhaus again.

South Australia lost patience with opener Kelvin Smith. He was dumped and Tom Cooper moved up to open with Jake Lehmann slotting in at number 5 in the batting order. The Redbacks also dropped their spinner, leg spinner Adam Zampa, and like Tassie instead preferred a 4 pronged right arm medium fast battery of bowlers.

Batting first SA ran up a remarkable 7/600 declared at a rate of 4.83 runs per over thanks to double centuries to Cal Ferguson (213) and Jake Lehmann(205) who shared a 4th wicket partership of 378,  plus a handy 66 off 67 balls to Alex Ross. The Tassie bowlers copped some fearful tap with Fekete going for 5 an over, Kingston 6 an over and Webster 7 an over.

In reply Tassie folded for 284 which included 115 to Ben Dunk and 112 to George Bailey. No other batsmen made more than 14. SA shared the wickets around with Nick Benton the pick of the bowlers with 3/45.

Curiously the Redbacks didn’t enforce the follow on despite having a lead of 316. Just to show consistency isn’t one of their hallmarks the Redbacks were bundled out for 185 in 38 overs. Alex Ross made 56 not out of 55 balls. The Bird brothers Jackson Bird (5/69) and Sam Rainbird (4/50) shared 9 wickets for Tassie.

Set 502 for victory, Tasmania slumped to 2/4 before folding for 199. Only half centuries to Jake Doran and Beau Webster – 2 of the youngest members of team – limited the damage somewhat. Dan Worrall and Chad Sayers took 4 wickets each.

After the win last round against NSW it was back to the same old insipid batting from the Tigers.


South Australia 10

Tasmania 0.9


New South Wales v Queensland, SCG

Cricket returned to the SCG and both sides brought unchanged line ups.

Chastened by their loss to Tasmania the Blues controlled this game from the start. Queensland batted first and struggled to 259 thanks to a patient 82 to Jason Floros. Steve O’keefe snared 3 wickets.

In reply NSW made 303 thanks to 90 to Ed Cowan and 112 to Nic Maddinson. Skipper Moises Henriques did not bat due to a calf injury sustained in the match. James Hopes was best for the Bulls with 4/47.

Queensland’s second innings was not a pretty sight as they were rolled for just 145. Srteve O’keefe backed up with 4 more wickets and Doug Bollinger chimed in with 3. This left NSW a victory target of 102 which they cantered to for the loss of just 3 wickets.


NSW 8.03

Queensland 1.82


Points table

Team Points
Victoria 26.2
South Australia 19.5
New South Wales 17.83
Queensland 17.82
Western Australia 12.8
Tasmania 9.3


Golden ducks

Travis Dean &  James Pattinson


Futures League

Some very big individual scores in the Futures league round that proceeded this Shield round.

Daniel Hughes made 300 for NSW as they defeated Tasmania in Coffs Harbour. Despite having a line up featuring Jordan Silk, Tim Paine and Ben Hilfenhaus Tassie weren’t able to compete against the Blues. Kiwi off spinner Wade Sommerville and Trent Copeland took 5 wickets each for NSW.

Jake Hancock made centuries in both innings opening for Victoria in their loss to the ACT. Ian Holland also made a century for the Vics but it wasn’t enough as the Comets chased down a 4th innings target of 351 thanks to 145* to Michael Spaspeski and 121* to Jono Dean.

Western Australia defeated Queensland thanks to an unbeaten double century to skipper Aston Turner. Luke Feldman took 5 wickets for the Bulls but Peter Forrest scored 45 and 0 and his omission from the Queensland Shield team looks set to continue. WA leg spinner Liam O’Connor took 3/40 and 6/59 for match figures of 9/99.

The next round of Futures League starts on January 11.

Tour match

The West Indies commence their tour of Australia with a 4 day tour match against the Cricket Australia XI (version 4 for the 2015/16 season) from Wednesday December 2 to Saturday December 5 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

It would be great to see Australia A play a tour match and reward the best performing Shield players with selection. But alas this tour match will feature players not selected in Shield sides rather than the best players from the Shield.


The XI

  1. Ben Dunk (Tasmania)
  2. Marcus Stoinis (Victoria)
  3. Cal Ferguson (South Australia)
  4. Nick Maddinson (NSW)
  5. Jake Lehmann (South Australia)
  6. George Bailey (Tasmania)
  7. Peter Handscomb (Victoria) +
  8. Steve O’Keefe (NSW)
  9. Dan Worrall (South Australia)
  10. Scott Boland (Victoria)
  11. Jackson Bird (Tasmania)


The round ahead

Matches start Sunday December 6th

Victoria v South Australia, MCG

Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA

Queensland v NSW, Harrup Park, McKay


2015/16 Sheffield Shield Round Up 3

The results

New South Wales v Tasmania

Tasmania reacted savagely to its loss to Queensland, its 7th consecutive outright Shield loss, by dropping Tim Paine, opener Dom Michael and fast bowler Andrew Fekete. Fekete has gone form being picked in the Australian squad for the Bangladesh tour to being dropped by his state team in the space of six weeks. No surprises that Tim Paine was dropped, his batting has been terrible for a very long time. Tom Triffit got another opportunity behind the stumps, Beau Webster slotted in a t the top of the order and Hamish Kingston replaced the rested Ben Hilfenhuas, who like the office recalcitrant is having his ‘workload managed.’

New South Wales were a paradigm of consistency picking an unchanged line up, in contrast to this match which was shifted from the SCG to Bankstown Oval in Sydney.

Batting first Tasmania, battled through a rain interrupted Day 1 and with half centuries to Ben Dunk, Alex Doolan and Tom Triffit made it to a mediocre 295. Doug Bollinger and Steve O’Keefe were the pick of the Blues bowlers with 4 wickets each.

New South Wales fared no better than Tassie with the willow in hand, all out for 215, with only Kurtis Patterson resisting the Tigers with a pateint knock of 86 off 179 balls at number 3. He found very little support as Jackson Bird and Sam Rainbird took 3 wickets apiece along with Hamish Kingston.

Tasmania relished the opportunity to have a fist innings lead. Ben Dunk batted with panache and flair, complimenting his first first-class century last week with another this week, and recorded 144 not out leading the Tigers to 7/313 declared. Doug Bollinger was once again the pick of the NSW bowlers with 3 wickets. Interestingly Gurinder Sandhu changed from pace to off spin mid spell when bowling to Tom Triffit and dismissed him for a duck. He then reverted back to pace.

This left New South Wales with a target of 394 for victory whcih they did not even briefly threaten to make an impression upon. Ryan Carters provided the only spine of the innings with 77 as the Blues were dismissed for 170. Hamish Kingston took 4/61 for Tasmania to seal their outright win.


Tasmania 8.4

New South Wales 1.68


Victoria v Western Australia, MCG

The Warriors travelled to Victoria with an inexpereinced line up. Opener Marcus Harris was omitted as was fast bowler Jason Behrendorff, they were replaced by David Moody and Hilton Cartwright.

The Vics welcomed back James Pattinson (not Patterson) but lost Matthew Wade to a broken collarbone suffered in the nets during the warm up. The match referee allowed him to be replaced after the toss by débutante Victorian wicket keeper Aaron Ayres. Peter Siddle stepped in as captain.

Travis Dean continued on his fine form making 84 as the Vics went to stumps on Day 1 at 4/296. Aaron Finch (79) and Glen Maxwell (98) took to the WA bowlers on the second morning, running up a hundred in under an hour, before the Vics declared at 7/423. David Moody, nephew of Tom, and Andrew Tye were the pick of the WA bowlers with 4 and 3 wickets respectively. Western Australia had their own injury problems – Hilton Cartwright was aided from the field with a hip flexor injured suffered while chasing a ball to the boundary.

In reply Western Australia could only manage 272 with half centuries to Shaun Marsh, Michael Klinger and Ashton Agar. Fawad Ahmed was the pick of the Victorian bowlers with a 5 wicket haul – 5/105.

Victoria had a lead of 151 and proceeded to look for quick runs to set the Warriors a fourth innings target. Rob Quiney made 79 as the Vics scored at over 4 an over before declaring at at 7/238 setting WA a target of 390 runs in just over a days play.

At stumps on Day 3, WA were 1/25 and they managed to bat out Day 4 to secure a draw finishing 8 wickets down. The Warriors were saved by a maiden century to Will Bosisto, thrust into the role of opener, and an unbeaten half century to keeper Sam Whiteman. James Pattinson and Fawad Ahmed took 3 wickets apiece for the Vics but alas it wasn’t enough to secure outright victory.

Peter Siddle accused WA of not trying to win the game saying they  ‘didn’t have a crack’ which is exactly how it should have been. Victoria were trying to bowl WA out and WA were trying to bat out the game and deny Victoria victory. Pretty striaght forward to me and hardly something worth complaining about – thats cricket, Peter.

Perhaps Siddle would have preferred it if the WA batsmen had played their natural game…. as per some of Australia’s batting efforts on the recent Ashes tour. This WA team is made of sterner stuff with Justin Langer at the helm as coach.


Victoria 3.7

Western Australia 1.49


Queensland v South Australia, Gabba

South Australia ventured to Queensland with one change, Kane Richardson was rested and was replaced by Nick Benton.

Queensland brought in an unchanged line up and bossed the Redbacks from a rain interrupted Day 1 onwards.

South Australia collapsed to 6/65 in their first innings before Alex Ross and Adam Zampa (57) added some respectability to the scoreboard. Ross eventually ran out of partners to be left standard on 92 not out as the Redbacks subsided for just 203. Veteran James Hopes was in fine form with 4/52 and two meter Billy Stanlake took 3/53.

Queensland had no such trouble a the crease making 452 thanks to 94 to 19 year old opener Matt Renshaw, 112 to Marnus Labushagne and half centuries to veterans Nathan Reardon and James Hopes. SA fast bowler Joe Mennie continued his fine season with 3/66 off 33 overs.

Batting again South Australia fared little better with Billy Stanlake (4/63) and who else but James Hopes (4/33) taking the bulk of the wickets as the Redbacks were dismissed for 235. Only Mark Cosgrove managed a half century for South Australia.

Queensland wicket keeper Chris Hartley completed 10 catches for the match, taking him to 521 catches for Queensland and past the old record of 519 held by his predecessor, Wade Seccombe.


Queensland 8.5

South Australia 0.5


The Points Table

Teams Won Lost Draw Points
Victoria 1 0 2 17.4
Queensland 2 1 0 16
Western Australia 1 1 1 11.3
New South Wales 1 1 1 9.8
South Australia 1 2 0 9.5
Tasmania 1 2 0 8.4


The XI

1. Ben Dunk (Tasmania)

2. Will Bosisto (Western Australia)

3. Kurtis Patterson (New South Wales)

4. Marnus Labushagne (Queensland)

5. Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)

6. Chris Hartley (Queensland)

7. James Hopes (Queensland)

8. Hamish Kingston (Tasmania)

9. Fawad Ahmed (Victoria)

10 Billy Stanlake (Queensland)

11. Doug Bollinger (New South Wales)


The Round Ahead

Matches starting Friday November 27:

Tasmania v South Australia, Bellerive Oval

Western Australia v Victoria, WACA

New South Wales v Queensland, SCG

2014/15 Sheffield Shield Final Round Up

Victoria v Western Australia, Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Western Australia won the toss and batted and were lead by none other than skipper Adam Voges who made another century with 107. Openers Marcus Harris and Cam Bancroft both made half centuires as did keeper Sam Whiteman but the Warriors tail subsided quickly as they were dismissed for 421. Fawad Ahmed was outsanding for Victoria returning the best ever bowling figures in a Shield final 8/89 off 40 overs.

Adam Voges celebrates a century in his 100th Shield match
Adam Voges celebrates a century in his 100th Shield match

In reply Victoria were cruising at stumps on Day 2 at 0/135. Chris Rogers made 112, his 72nd first class hundred,  in what is likely to be his last appearance for the Vics. However from 2/259 the Vics couldn’t capitalise on starts and were all out for 381. Ashton Agar and Nathan Rimmington were the pick of the WA bowlers with 3 wickets apiece.

With a lead of 60 Western Australia went about setting Victoria a target whilst leaving themselves enough time to bowl the Vics out. Marcus Harris showed how it was done, making 158 not out off 153 balls including 16 fours as the Warriors scored at the merry clip of 5.3 runs per over. Adam Voges picked up another 36* runs for the season and after adding 53 runs in the first 6 overs of Day 5 declared the innings giving the Vics a target of 334 or, more likely, the rest of the day to survive to secure the Shield. Voges decision to bat on Day 5 is one that can be debated, given that WA needed to give themselves maximum time to bowl out Victoria if they were to win the Shield.

Marcus Harris celebrates 158 off 153 balls
Marcus Harris celebrates 158 off 153 balls

The Bushrangers decided not to chase the target and settled on batting out for a draw. Rob Quiney got things off to the right start with a 4 hour 163 ball 53. But he was positively lightning compared to the retiring Dave Hussey’s  37* off 169 balls in 1 minutes shy of 4 hours but neither were a patch on Matthew Wade. Wade made 9 not out in just under 2 hours off 99 balls – missing out by 1 ball on possibly the greatest ever Cowan century (100 balls faced).

Victoria had secured the 37th Sheffield Shield title with a draw.

Greg Shippherd bowed out victorious after 11 years of coaching the Vics and has decided to retire his lucky green towel which brought him so much success.

Captain and Coach: Wade and Shippherd embrace the lucky green towel
Captain and Coach: Wade and Shippherd embrace the lucky green towel
The winning Shield side Victoria. Note Shippherd has his lucky green towel.
The winning Shield side Victoria. Note Shippherd has his lucky green towel.

The Shield final 

With the Shield final shunted away from the home team’s home venue for the second year in a row and  the result of the final a rather staid draw, there is once again speculation about the future of the final.

With all of the main cricket venues in each state except the WACA used for football and cricket (and other events in between) it does not make sense to have six venues on stand by for the Shield final when only 1 will be used.  For the Shield final to continue it needs have a venue set when the fixtures are released. The best option would appear to be a neutral venue of suitable standard such as Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

The issue of draws in the Shield final is not going away however I believe the Shield final should remain in it’s current format  – played over 5 days and with the top team needing only to draw. It is said to be as close as you can get to Test match cricket, with Shield final performances noted by national selectors and it provides a fitting finale to the first class season. Draws happen in cricket, it’s a fact, move on.

The season low

South Australia all out 45 v Tamania.

Set 359 for victory South Australia were abysmal collapsing to 4/5 as Ben Hilfenhaus ripped through the top order taking 3 for 0 in 4 overs. Hilfenhaus finished with bowling figures of 14-11-11-5 as South Australia were routed for 45 all out in 39 overs. Callum Ferguson top scored for the Redbacks with 11 off 94 balls in an innings containing 5 ducks.

The season highs

Doug Bollinger took a hatrick against Victoria at Robertson’s Oval in Wagga Wagga. He dismissed a trio of fast bowlers in Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain and Scott Boland.

Chris Lynn returned to the Queensland side post BBL after a shoulder injury. In his first match back he made 250 batting throughout Day 2 of the match against Victoria at the Gabba. Lynn finished the season with 439 runs from 5 matches. . At 25 years old he is a name to watch.

Michael Klinger ran up his 2nd 1000 run Shield season and showed he is still at the top of his game batting at number 3 for his new state WA.

Adam Voges had a memorable season. He made 1358 runs the 4th highest ever total of runs in a Shield season. The Shield final was his 100th Sheffield Shield match and he put himself in elite company by scoreing a century in his 100th match. He was also named Shield player of the year and has now been called up to the Test squad for the tours of the Caribbean and the Ashes.

The best names in Shield cricket

Sam Rainbird (Tasmania)

Cameron Brimblecombe (Queensland)

Marcus Labushagne (Queensland)

The 2014/15 Sheffield Shield XI

1. Ed Cowan (Tasmania)

Cowan was in rare form pre-BBL and finished the seasson with 815 and 4 centuries from 9 matches for Tasmania. In a team that performed dismally with the bat all season, Cowan was a beacon and his runs at the top ofthe order will be sorely missed by the Tigers.

2. Cam Bancroft (Western Australia)

Bancroft scored 2 centuries and 460 runs pre-BBL but endured a lean spell post-BBL. However he roared back into form with a double century in the last match of the home and away season and followed up with a half century in the final. In total he scored 896 runs with 3 centuries.

3. Michael Klinger (Western Australia)

South Australia must be kicking themselves for farewelling Michael Klinger, he scored over 1000 runs in the season including centuries for Western Australia. He could possibly have been a better option than Kelvin Smith opening the batting for the Redbacks.

4. Adam Voges (Western Australia)

A season like no other for the Warriors captain.

5. Cal Ferguson (South Australia)

Ferguson took on the responsibility of batting at number 3 for SA and delivered with 836 runs including 4 centuries.

6. Peter Neville (New South Wales) +

Peter Neville continued to impress as a wicket keeper batsmen. He claimed dismissals and made 764 runs, placing him 7th on the season’s run scorers list. Neville also scored his maiden double century when he made 235 not out against Tasmania.

7. Steve O’Keefe (New South Wales) – James Hopes

After his one test against Pakistan in the UAE in October, Steve O’keefe returned to domestic cricket to do what he does best – take bulk Shield wickets. From 9 matches the left arm orthodox spinner took 28 wickets at an average of 23.

He also scored 329 runs at an average of 36 with a top score of 99.

8. Nathan Rimmington (Western Australia)

Veteran paceman Rimmington proved to be a constant for Western Australia in a season where their key fast bowlers were struck down with injury. Jason Behrendorf, Joel Paris,  and Nathan Coulter Nile all missed parts of the season. Rimmington played 10 of WA’s 11 matches and took 35 wickets at an average of 24.

9. Peter Siddle (Victoria)

Peter Siddle handled his omission from the test team by taking a swag of Shield wickets. In 7 matches he took 28 wickets at an average of 20 including the best figures of the summer, 8 for 54 against South Australia.

10. Andrew Fekete (Tasmania)

Fekete was a shining light for Tasmania with the ball this summer. The fast bowler was a model of consistency picking up 37 wickets at an average of 24 including two 5 wicket hauls.

11. Fawad Ahmed (Victoria)

The leg spinner was the leading wicket taker in Shield cricket with 48 wickets at an average of 25. He also returned the best ever figures in a Shield final with 8/89 off 40 overs.

12th man

James Hopes (Queensland)

The veteran keep’s getting the job done with both bat and ball at age 36.

Phillip Hughes

The saddest of footnotes to the 2014/15 Sheffield Shield season cannot go unmentioned.

I hope there is a fitting tribute at Sheffield Shield level, perhaps a Phillip Hughes medal for the man of the match in games between NSW and SA at the SCG so the memory of this unique batsmen is not forgotten.

Matthew Wade showed his own tribute to Phil Hughes during the Shield final.


According to UK newspaper The Telegraph,

The image shows Hughes’ face, along with the Sydney Cricket Ground clock face, the scene of where Hughes was struck on the neck. In the finer detail, the clock can be seen to read 4:08, the Test number awarded to Hughes when he made his debut in February 2009.