2016/17 Sheffield Shield Round Up 3

The Australian players return… sort of

The Australian test batsmen, keeper Peter Neville and spinner Nathan Lyon returned for State duty after the early finish to the second test against South Afirca in Hobart.

Why the Australian fast bowlers in Mennie, Starc and Hazlewood were not sent back to Shield duty is part of what is wrong with Australian cricket, managing bowling loads to the point where bowlers don’t bowl.

The Australian bowlers last bowled in the first test in Perth on Sunday November 6.

They then bowled the following overs split across Saturday November 12 and Monday November 14. Sunday was washed out.

Starc 24 overs

Hazlewood 31 overs

Mennie 28 overs

And they will now not bowl in a match until, at the earliest, Day 1 of the Adelaide test on Thursday November 24.

That’s 17 days in the middle of cricket season and the most overs bowled is 31 – its less than 2 overs per day. These are professional athletes who spend months in the gym developing the fitness to bowl, so let them bowl!

 

Victoria v New South Wales, SCG

For New South Wales, Dave Warner and Steve Smith edged out Ed Cowan and Ryan Gibson respectively, Peter Neville replaced Ryan Carters with the gloves and Nathan Lyon took the spot of Will Somerville.

Victoria took in an unchanged line up. John Hastings can’t force his way into the XI with Dan Christian preferred batting at No 8 and bowling his medium pacers.

Victoria batted first and were totally dominant on Day 1 fininshing on 2/292 at stumps. Travis Dean and Peter Handscomb were both unbeaten on centuries at the end of the days play. Day 2 started with Travis Dean dismissed on the third ball of the day without adding to his overnight score of 134. Peter Handscomb batted on, being out in the middle for 120 overs, on his way to his maiden double century, finally falling to Steve Smith for 215. Cameron White made another score of note tallying 75* before the Vics declared at 6/510.

Most of the NSW bowlers copped some tap but Nathan Lyon’s figures made for depressing reading 39 overs, 3 maidens, 0-141. His bowling appears completely innocuous at the moment, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he had a long spell out of the national team.

The Blues innings started poorly with Warner and Smith both dismissed cheaply and a stready procession of wickets meant NSW were dismissed for a paltry 225. Chris Tremain returned the parsimonious figures of 18 – 11 – 22 – 4. Scott Boland chipped in with 3/51.

Quick runs were the order of the day for Victoria and Marcus Harris answered the call with 62 off 67 balls as the Vics declared at 2/105 a lead of 391 runs.

New South Wales fared no better in the second innings, rolled for 192. Chris Tremain and Scott Boland were at it again, taking 3 wickets apiece.  A comprehensive victory for Victoria, their third outright win to start the season.

Points

Victoria 7.94

New South Wales 0.55

 

 

Queensland v South Australia, Gabba

Queensland reacted to the 0-2 start ot the season by making 3 changes. Forgotten fast bowler Ben Cutting was recalled fo his first shield game in a long time. He replaced Mick Neser. Spinner Mitch Swepson was dropped in favour of Jason Floros and opener Matt Renshaw returned after a knee injury at the expense of Charlie Hemphrey.

South Australia were without the services of Dan Worral (back injury) and Joe Mennie (rested initially then foot injury). Kane Richardson and Nick Benton were called up as replacements.

Batting first Queensland lost Joe Burns early for 4. Matt Renshaw dug in, after the first hour of play, Renshaw had just 7 off 56 balls. His half-century took 137 deliveries, but he attacked leg spinner Adam Zampa to bring¬†up his hundred off 190 balls. It was a fine example of accumulating runs, seeing off the swinging ball and moving through the gears as batting became easier. It was 20 year old Renshaw’s 3rd Shield century following two in his debut season in 2015/16.

Usman Khawaja also notched a century, 104 off 137 balls, and Jake Wildermuth and keeper Chris Hartley both contributed 70s as the Bulls declared at 7/475.

South Australia’s leg spinner Adam Zampa copped some stick going for 141 off 31 overs (4.75 runs per over) but did have the consolation of 4 wickets.

South Australia’s batting performance was uninspiring, only wicket keeper Alex Carey provided a innings of substance with 76. For the Bulls Luke Feldman and Peter Goerge picked up 3 wickets apiece. Marnus Labushagne claimed up a rare first class wicket, just his second, with his occasional leg spin knocking over Chadd Sayers.

Quick runs were the order of the day as Queensland looked to set South Australia a fourth innings target. Matt Renshaw started the innings in fine fashion with 50 off just 51 balls, Sam Heazlett chipped in with 62 and the Bulls decelared at 7/228, a lead of 445 runs.

South Australia looked to survive for 4 sessions to secure a draw. At stumps on Day 3 the Redbacks were 2/71. Regular wickets fell in the mroning session and it was Tom Cooper and Alex Carey each with half centuries who looked to solidify the innings. Wickets continued to fall but time was running out and the last wicket pair needed to survive 7 overs to secure a draw. The last ball of the 3rd last over of the day disaster struck for SA as Chadd Sayers was out bowled by Jason Floros with a ball that just trickled onto the stumps.

 

Points

Queensland 8.43

South Australia 1.08

 

 

 

Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA

Western Australia swung the changes. Batsmen Will Bosisto, Ashton Agar (calf) and fast bowler David Moody (shoulder) were omitted. Mitch Marsh (shoulder) and Shaun Marsh (broken finger) were not avaialble. Adam Voges returned, as did fast bowler Simon Mackin.

D’Arcy Short, a Northern territory born left arm orthodox spinner, made his first class debut as a like for like replacement for the injured Agar.

Tasmania welcomed back James Faulkner at the expanse of Dom Michael. Leg spinner Cameron Boyce was omitted for the trip to the WACA with paceman Hamish Kingston preferred.

Batting first Western Australia started disastorously with Simon Milenko having both openers cught behind. Michael Klinger fell cheaply and the Warriors were 3/15. Adam Voges was hit in the back of the helment by a bouncer from Cameron Stevenson and reitred hurt on 16. He took no further part in the game due to the concussion he suffered from this blow.

Ashton Turner did his best to rescue the WA innings hitting 110 off 144 balls to register his maiden first class century. He was ably supported by keeper Sam Whitemen who chipped in with a half century. The damage was done early however and the Warriors wer all out for 262. Cameron Stevenson, Jackson Bird and Milenko snared two wickets apiece.

Tasmania made an interesting batting order change, promoting Alex Doolan to number 3 and demoting Beau Webster to number 5. The move work, Doolan peeled of his maiden first class double century. This was a remarkable innings mainly because it was completeley out of the blue Рin the three years before this game Doolan had scored 1315 first class runs at 24.81 with 1 century.  Doolan batted through out day 2: he was 18 not out at stumps on Day 1 and by stumps on Day 2 he was 202*.

Perhaps Doolan was motivated by thoughts of adding to his 4 test appearances for Australia. Unforturnatley his match ended there as he was hit on the head late on Day 2 and after being assessed after stumps he was ruled out for the rest of the match.

Tasmania finished on 402 a lead of 140. Best of the WA bowlers was Jason Behrendorfwith 5/80.

The Wariors top order stumbled again with WA reduced to 4/44 before opener Jono Wells found an ally in keeper Sam Whiteman – both made centuries. Remarkably for Wells, a batsmen who made his debut for Tasmania in 2008, this was his maiden first class hundred. Jackson Bird and Hamish Kingston each took 3 wickets for Tassie.

The Warriors were all out for 345 leaving Tasmania a victory target of 206 off 71 overs. The Tigers did it in a canter finishing 1/209 off 51 overs with Jordan Silk back in the runs with 77*

 

Points

Tasmania 7.90

Western Australia 1.22

 

Points table

Victoria                     25.28

South Australia       19.67

New South Wales   16.40

Queensland             11.13

Tasmania                   9.65

Western Australia    3.89

 

Tour Match: Victoria XI v South Africa, MCG, D/N

South Africa reduced this planned pink ball day-night 2 day game to a 1 day game. A claytons toss meant South Africa would bat under lights against he pink ball.

The Vics put out a decent line up with Aaron Finch as skipper along with former test player Rob Quiney. Unfortunately for Victoria fast bolwer Jake Reed injured himslef and Sam Grimwade hurt his shoulder fielding. In a strange and eery match at a nearly empty MCG the result was a draw. South Africa did not seriously chase the 250 odd the Vics had made.

 

Futures League

Prior to this Shield round a round of Futures League cricket was played.

Queensland and Victoria met at Allan Border Field. Sam Truloff made a centruy and 90 for the Bulls as they easily accounted for Victoria. Leg spinner James Muirhead’s second innings bowling figures for Victoria were 12 overs 2-111. Matt Short made a century for the Vics.

Tasmania travelled to Blacktown and defeated NSW. Ben Rhorer skippered a NSW team featuring Pat Cummins, Garinder Sandhu and Arjun Nair. Cummins had a light load bowling 21 overs across the 4 days returning figures of 21 – 11 – 3 -25.

For Tasssie Tim Paine played as a batsmen batting at number 4 and Ben McDermott took the gloves.  There were a plethora of scores in the 40s and 50s throughout the match but the one score of note was 102* to Dan Salpietro batting at 3 for Tassie as he anchored their succesful final innings pursuit of  276 for victory.

Western Australia beat the ACT at Manuka Oval. The ACT first innings featured¬†5 ducks (including both openers) fortunatley number 3 Jono Dean steadied the ship with 162. Josh Inglis made 121 for WA and Dean Solway (son of Canberra legend Peter) made 102 in the second innings. WA won comfortably thanks to the left arm orthodox spin bowling of D’Arcy Short who took 4/49 and 5/79.

The XI

  1. Travis Dean (Victoria)
  2. Matt Renshaw (Queensland)
  3. Alex Doolan (Tasmania)
  4. Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
  5. Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
  6. Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
  7. Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)
  8. Jason Behrendorf (Western Australia)
  9. Chris Tremain (Victoria)
  10. Scott Boland (Victoria)
  11. Peter George (Queensland)

 

 

The round ahead

Matches start on Saturday November 26

Tasmania v New South Wales, Bellerive

Victoria v South Australia, MCG

Queensland v Western Australia, Townsville

2016/17 Sheffield Shield Round Up 2

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, ‚ÄúThe Buzz‚ÄĚ 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.

Points

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‚Äôs 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.

 

Points

Victoria 8.61

Queensland 0.7

 

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.

Points

South Australia 8.98

Tasmania 0.8

 

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.

 

The XI

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)
5.
6.Cameron White (Victoria)

Alex Carey (South Australia)
7.

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

 

2016/17 Sheffield Shield Round Up 1

The Sheffield Shield Season commenced in 2016/17 with a pink ball day-night round of matches.

Victoria v Tasmania, MCG

A surprise selection for Victoria with new coach Andrew McDonald omitting Glenn Maxwell from the XI. Aaron Finch and Cameron White were preferred to Maxwell in the batting line up, Dan Christian was a like for like replacement for the injured Marcus Stoinis and Marcus Harris moved from WA into the openers role at the expense of Bob Quiney.

Tasmania omitted Tim Paine, no surprise really, and youngster Jake Doran took the gloves. He looks to be Tasmania’s Shield keeper but you never know with 4 keepers in the squad. Queensland imports allrounder Simon Milenko and legspinner Cameron Boyce debuted for the Tigers. 19 year old Caleb Jewell opened the batting for the Tigers, in just his second first class match.

Victoria batted first and Marcus Harris had a point to prove. He made 115 off 144 balls. A pair of 78s to Peter Handscomb and Matthew Wade plus 64 to Cameron White lead the Vics to 415. Jackson Bird and Simon Milenko tokk 3 wickets apiece for the visitors.

In reply Tasmania were rolled for 255. The only resistance offered was by George Bailey (64) and some late hitting from Cameron Boyce with 56 off 53 balls. The pick of the Victorian bowlers was Dan Christian with 4/35.

In the second innings Marcus Harris continued to bat like with the consistency that WA coach Justin Langer had said was missing from his game. He made 77 off 88 balls and was the only score of note as the Vics declared at 9/204 a lead of 365. Jackson Bird and Beau Webster each took 3 wickets for Tasmania.

The Tigers were never in the hunt as they slumped to 4-21. A stead flow of wickets thereafter meant that James Faulkner patient innings of 78 off 156 balls was in vain. Chris Tremain and Scott Boland both took 3 wickets for the Bushrangers as they won by 113 runs. Marcus Harris justified his recruitment winning the man of the match award.

Points

Victoria 8.73

Tasmania 0.95

 

Queensland v New South Wales, Gabba

New South Wales took a strong line up into this match with 9 current or former test players in the XI.

Queensland were not able to select young opener Matt Renshaw due to an injury suffered in the Matador Cup. The Bulls recalled forgotten middle order batsmen, and Australian ODI player,  Peter Forrest. Ben Cutting did not make the XI which is not surprising as he has been on the outer of Shield cricket since February  2015.

New South Wales batted first and it was one of the non internationals who made a century. Kurtis Patterson (111) and Steve Smith (117) shared a 228 run partnership which was the back bone of the NSW innings of 7/327 declared. Luke Feldman took 5/68 for the Bulls.

In reply Queensland were lead by a century to Joe Burns and half centuries to Usman Khawaja(79) and Marnus Labushagne (85*). The Bulls declared just in front at 6/330. Josh Hazlewood was the best bowler for NSW with 4/70.

Dave Warner dominated in the second innings. Ably supported by Ed Cowan (95), Warner plundered 134 off 160 balls in a 230 run opening stand. The Blues declared their innings at 7/367 setting Queensland a victory target of 365. At stumps on Day 3 Queensland were 1/51 with Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns at the crease.

Day 4 wasn’t Queensland’s day. Doug Bollinger had replaced Mitch Starc in the NSW XI after the frist innings and now dismissed Khawaja in the second¬†over¬†of the days play. The Bulls quickly subsided to be all out for 139 in 48 overs. Bollinger cleaned up the tail to finish with 4/32.

This took Bollinger to 5th on the all time wicket takers for NSW in Shield cricket. The 35 year old in his 14th season for NSW now has 265 wickets at an average of 26. He is just one wicket behind Richie Benuad, but  a bit further behind the top 3 of Geoff Lawson (367) Greg Matthews (363) and Stuart MacGill (328).

Bollinger has been in fine form this season taking 4 consecutive hauls of 3 wickets in the Matador Cup – he would have been a prudent selection of an experienced bowler for the recent ODIs v South Africa.

Peter Neville continued his lean run with the bat – making just 1 and 13. Peter Forrests recall was not a happy one registering just 7 and 11.

Points

New South Wales 7.87

Queensland 2

 

Western Australia v South Australia, WACA

Western Australia headed into this match with a strong batting line up but a mixed bowling line up due to injury. Ashton Agar was the spinner and the pace trio was Jason Behrendorf, journeyman Ryan Duffield and youngster David Moody.

South Australia preferred Alex Carey withe the gloves to Tim Ludeman, and omitted legspinner Adam Zampa preferring a 4 man pace attack of Kane Richardson, Joe Mennie, Dan Worral and Chadd Sayers at the WACA.

Western Australia batted frist and struggled to 9/270 declared with only Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger contributing half centuries. Joe Mennie was the Redbacks best with 3 wickets.

In reply South Australia were in all sorts of trouble at 2/3 but recovered to run up 9/505 declared in quick time scoring at 4.76 runs per over.  Callum Ferguson made 101 off 127 balls, Travis Head made 66 of 61 balls, Tom Cooper made 138 off 154 balls,  and Alex Carey chipped in with 79.

Interestingly Cooper was cut from SA contracted players  at the end of last season but has played every game so far this season.

Aston Agar was WA’s best with 3/71 and Mitch Marsh made a ton – with the ball – taking 2/110 off 23 overs going at 5.23 runs per over. Batting at number 5, ¬†Mitch made 12 and was bowled for first ball in the second innings for a golden duck. With these kind of numbers it is easy to see why he has been retained in the Australian test squad.

The WA second innings was little better than the first. Shaun Marsh made a ton opening the batting and number 6 Hilton Cartwright made 80 but they were bowled out for 302 leaving South Australia needing 69 runs for victory. The Redbacks made light work of this target to register a 10 wicket win. Chadd Sayers took 4/57 and it was a 3 over burst which ran through the WA middle order of Klinger(30), Voges (0 off 9) and Mitch Marsh (golden duck) that proved decisive. Redbacks keeper Alex Carey collected 5 dismissals in the second innings.

Points

South Australia 9.61

Western Australia 1.51

 

Futures League

Prior to round 1 of the Shield season  the first roudn of Futures League matcehs were played.

The ACT hosted South Australia and Brad Haddin made a cameo appearance frot he Comets making 114 (out of 276) and 190. Alas it was not enough as Kelvin Smith made 210 and Jake Winter 144 as South Australia made 613 and won comfortably.

Victoria hosted WA at the satelite city of Casey Fields in Melbournes far outer east – so far east you are shaking hands with Gippsland. For WA Jonathan Wells made 153 and 149*, Victoria’s Seb Gotch made 125 and leg spinner James Muirhead took 3/85 and made a ton taking 1/107 in the second innings in 21 overs. The match fininshed in a draw.

Queensland traveled to the Kingston Twin Ovals in Tasmania. Peter Forrest and Sam Truloff both made tons for Queensland. Whilst for Tasmania Caleb Jewell made an even 100 and the forgotten man of Tasmanian cricket, Jordan Silk, made 106* batting at number 3. Could he be the answer to Tasmania’s top order woes?

After declerations in each ofthe first 3 innings, Tasmania were set a victory target of 325. Enter opener Jake Hancock who crossed from Victoria after an impressive Futures League campaign fort the Vics in 2015/16. Hancock made 134 and Jake Doran made 138* as the Tasmanians strode to victory with 7 wickets in hand.

The Futures League schedule looks to be well structured this season with this first round played during the Matador Cup finals and prior to the first round of the Shield. There is also a round during the BBL finals, just prior to the Shield recommencing in early February. With 7 teams in the Futures League (the 6 states plus the ACT) one team has a bye in each of the seven rounds of matches. The question is, is it time to introduce a CAXI team into this competition to make it 8 teams and eliminate the bye?

Tour Matches

South Africa have played two 2 day tour matches that have been little more than centre wicket practice. A day night encounter at Adelaide Oval against the CAXI was followed by a match at Glenelg Oval against the SA 2nd XI. Omitted SA keeper Tim Ludeman made the most of the opportunity blasting 167 off 134 balls.

The XI

  1. Marcus Harris (Vic)
  2. Shaun Marsh (WA)
  3. Callum Ferguson (SA)
  4. Steve Smith (NSW)
  5. Kurtis Patterson (NSW)
  6. Tom Cooper (SA)
  7. Alex Carey (SA)
  8. Chadd Sayers (SA)
  9. Josh Hazlewood (NSW)
  10. Luke Feldman (QLD)
  11. Doug Bollinger (NSW)

 

The round ahead

Starting Friday November 4

New South Wales v Western Australia, SCG

Victoria v Queensland, MCG

South Australia v Tasmania, Adelaide Oval

AFL Grand Final Entertainment – Sorted

Right the annual shitfight about AFL grand final entertainment is on, so here is the definitive solution to the biggest annual problem facing the AFL.

The answer is simple have the same entertainment every year!

The big dance  starts at 2:30pm so we need something to entertain the crowd prior. Here is the lineup:

 

1:38pm Fanfare of the Common Man

Channel 7s football theme from the early 1990s will get the people in the mood for football.

1:40pm Mike Brady – Up There Cazaly & One Day in September.

Mike loves the Grand Final so wheel him out every year and get him to sing his 2 greatest hits – and they sound so similar. The best bit is unlike Meatloaf, Mike will do it for free. Catchy tunes on the cheap!

1:50pm Greg Champion – The Thing about Football.

One of Champs best – get him to duet with Richard Champion!

 

 

1:55pm Angry Anderson and the Batmobile – Bound for Glory

We cringe but deep down we all love it – bring it back!

2:00pm Hunters and Collectors – Holy Grail

Didn’t hear enough of this song when Channel 10 had the AFL rights – bring it back!

2:05pm Some big name current Aussie act doing a 10 minute set.

For example: ACDC, Frenzal Rhomb,The Seekers or Cold Chisel.

 

Your welcome AFL, you can thank me anytime for sorting the AFL Grand Final entertainment.