Hits and misses in the domestic one-day cup

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    In case you missed it, the Australian domestic one-day cricket tournament began a few weeks ago.

    It’s been rebranded the JLT Cup after its new sponsor, meaning the old sponsorship of barbecue manufacturer Matador is over, which may have been a result of all the ads for Weber during the coverage last summer.

    The tournament features an array of present and future Australian cricket stars, with the best of each state (who aren’t on national duty) participating, as well as a youth team playing under the ‘Cricket Australia XI’ banner. I can only assume the XI refers to their median age.

    Still, having a team of future stars is a lot more exciting than watching a bunch of has-beens making fools of themselves. If I wanted to watch that, I’d be tuning into the Footy Show.

    The tournament is being given a little more credibility than previous seasons, when it was played over a ridiculously short period of time, in NSW only, to ensure there was enough time to run the other summer tournaments including the BBL, the BBL, the BBL and a few Tests.

    Unlike the previous Sydney bias, this season’s matches are being played in other major cricketing centres, such as Brisbane, Perth and Drummoyne.

    That the comp is being played with so little promotion is more than a little odd, particularly considering that Cricket Australia just signed a multi-million dollar deal with Sony to broadcast Australian matches into Asia.

    You’d have thought that Sony could stretch a little further to help allow our good friends abroad watch James Faulkner bowl to Usman Khawaja, but perhaps JLT have pockets as deep as the soft tissue massages they offer.

    Despite the lack of promotion, or perhaps because of it, the tournament has been intriguing. No team seems to be decidedly dominant, with the strong batting line-up of South Australia being beaten by the previously inept Tasmanians and the infantile CAXI, then beating the perennially strong NSW shortly afterwards.

    For all the lack of promotion, this is still a great tournament and one I hope that is soon available to more people than the good folk of Drummoyne.

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    • October 13th 2017 @ 10:32am
      Perry Bridge said | October 13th 2017 @ 10:32am | ! Report

      Yes – the major cricketing centre that is Drummoyne – who clearly have a long and glorious history of attendance of national cricket contests.

      For all the coverage and promotion of this tournament – one might think it was played in Dubai.

    • October 13th 2017 @ 12:49pm
      John said | October 13th 2017 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

      Domestic Cricket is going backwards unfortunately.

      Would love if this tournament was on tv and also played in all the states so I could actually watch my team.

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        October 13th 2017 @ 4:17pm
        Rellum said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:17pm | ! Report

        I would love to see us go back to playing a game after every Shield game, Friday day/night staple for TV or streaming. Actually promote it and we might see more interest. Bring back the ACT, bring in the NT and ditch the CAXI and look to have a good lot of games, 14 rounds in Total.

      • October 13th 2017 @ 10:35pm
        Mark L said | October 13th 2017 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

        John – the streaming of every match on the CA website and app is actually quite good.
        Multiple cameras, good on screen graphics of the score etc, and decent commentary including Lisa Sthalekar and Mel Jones. Not quite as good as seeing the game live but really not a bad effort from CA.

    • October 13th 2017 @ 1:34pm
      BurgyGreen said | October 13th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

      Yeah disappointing that we’ve got no TV coverage despite having had it on 9 the past couple of years. Fortunately the live streaming on cricket.com.au is decent.

      • October 13th 2017 @ 3:28pm
        matth said | October 13th 2017 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

        Yep and it’s much easier to pretend to work while having the live stream on.

        In an unusual twist compared to most of the last 30 years, QLD have a good batting line up, but weak bowling.

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          October 13th 2017 @ 4:15pm
          Rellum said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

          This batting line up should do us well in the Shield, we are struggling big time to get runs out of these guys in this tournament. I am not surprised to see Starc make his first appearance against QLD.

          • October 13th 2017 @ 4:33pm
            Maggie said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

            This is not Starc’s first match. He played in the losing NSW team against SA on 6 October. He bowled his full 10 overs, took 1/55 and hit 23 runs off 21 balls.

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              October 13th 2017 @ 4:53pm
              Rellum said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

              Yeah, I see, just feels like it.

      • October 13th 2017 @ 6:41pm
        John said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

        Yeah i cant work out why Cricket Australia just dont offer it to a network for free. What do they have to lose. You think with networks now having multiple channels one of the networks would do the coverage. Also love the idea of 8 teams playing each otger twice over 14 rounds.

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          October 13th 2017 @ 7:41pm
          Rellum said | October 13th 2017 @ 7:41pm | ! Report

          CA used to pay 9 to broadcast the one day cup.

    • October 13th 2017 @ 2:11pm
      Maggie said | October 13th 2017 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

      I’m not sure which match you are referring to when you say ‘.. the infantile CAXI, then beating the perennially strong NSW .. ‘.

      On 8 October 2017, NSW 8/332 off 50 overs, CAXI all out 239 off 41 overs. NSW won comprehensively by 93 runs.

      This match was historic for several reasons:

      (1) One of the umpires was a woman.

      (2) Peter Nevill, NSW wicketkeeper, made 8 dismissals, equalling the List A wicketkeeping world record with three others (Somerset’s Derek Taylor in 1982, Boland’s Steve Palframan in 1997-98 and James Piper in 2001 for Worcestershire).

      (3) Nic Maddinson produced the seemingly impossible bowling figures of 1 wicket for 1 run, off 0.0 overs. Moreover, he took the wicket in the 42nd over, but the innings only lasted 41 overs. I’ll leave other cricket lovers to work out how he achieved this feat!

      • October 13th 2017 @ 10:28pm
        Mark L said | October 13th 2017 @ 10:28pm | ! Report

        I was actually watching the end of this match so am able to answer your tricky question!
        Maddinson took the last wicket to fall with a stumping off a wide. Hence 1 wicket, 1 run for the wide but no legal delivery.
        Funny game cricket! 🙂

        • October 13th 2017 @ 10:36pm
          Maggie said | October 13th 2017 @ 10:36pm | ! Report

          Congratulations, you get the door prize! I wasn’t watching but I saw the CA blog call of the wicket and according to that it was an excellent piece of wicket keeping by Nevill – and made his eigth dismissal for the innnings.

          • October 13th 2017 @ 10:47pm
            Mark L said | October 13th 2017 @ 10:47pm | ! Report

            It was indeed! Leg side wide to a left hander. Umpire Wilson only gave it wide as an afterthought!
            Nevill’s 8 are shown here with the last one at 1:55

            http://www.cricket.com.au/video#videoId=5601764314001

            • October 13th 2017 @ 11:09pm
              Maggie said | October 13th 2017 @ 11:09pm | ! Report

              Thanks for that link, that’s a very nice video (straight to Peter Nevill’s pool room I should think).

    • October 13th 2017 @ 3:10pm
      Maggie said | October 13th 2017 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

      The JLT one-day series are being played a little more widely than ‘Brisbane, Perth and Drummoyne‘. The matches in Sydney are also being played at Hurstville and North Sydney. And the last match of the series plus the two finals will be played in Hobart.

      So the two cities that don’t get any of these one-day matches are Melbourne and Adelaide. I know my two cricket-loving siblings in Adelaide are extremely annoyed about this.

    • October 13th 2017 @ 3:31pm
      matth said | October 13th 2017 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

      By the way, WA are again the stand out short form team. Will it translate to the Shield this year so they go one better than falling just short of the final last year?

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        October 13th 2017 @ 4:18pm
        Rellum said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

        NSW v WA is my final pick. QLD are far to inconsistent to trouble the pointy end of the couple of weeks long season.

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          October 13th 2017 @ 6:32pm
          Ronan O'Connell said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:32pm | ! Report

          NSW are my pick for the JLT Cup, just pipping WA.

          The Shield is pretty open I think. WA and NSW will be strong in that too, VIC have a really good, experienced and well-rounded side and SA have a really strong batting lineup plus a good attack with Sayers, Mennie, Worrall and Zampa.

          Tas will struggle in the Shield and QLD have a decent batting lineup but lack strikepower with the ball – they really need Stanlake to stay fit and be their spearhead.

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            October 14th 2017 @ 11:11am
            Rellum said | October 14th 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

            I don’t see QLD winning it this year. Our batting has talent but no consistency. Our collapses have cost us so much over the last few years and don’t seem to be going away, with only Hopes and Hartley able to stem the tide in the past. Our bowling is not good enough to win games on their own so they need the batsmen to do their job and put up good scores all year. I can’t see Stanlake playing much if at all. Swepson needs to have a good season for us and for his national team chances. The good thing for QLD is that we should have a full strength team(baring Pat Howard selection interference with Stanlake) for maybe up to 8 rounds of the season.

            I don’t think NSW are in with a chance to be honest. Without their Aus stars they just don’t have enough bowling talent to knock sides over.

            If WA players are not picked for Aus, they have the talent in both batting and bowling, with consistent performances that they should be favorites. Vics will be there too but not sure how they will go with the slow changing of personnel. Wade leaving, Maxwell maybe with the Aus team for most of the season, Siddle nearing retirement. Quiney gone.

            SA look better than most think, they can make the final but not sure they will, gut tells me they will miss out.

            I am picking a WA – SA/VIC final.

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