Blues, Warriors and Bushrangers all dominate in the Sheffield Shield

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    The first day of the Sheffield Shield saw a powerful New South Wales side get a comfortable start to their season, Western Australia get ahead of South Australia and Victoria dominate Tasmania.

    First up, let’s have a look at the game which was played at the Gabba as the Queensland Bulls took on the New South Wales Blues, both sides complete with their complement of Test players.

    Queensland won the toss and rather strangely decided to bowl first. The wicket looked a little green but nothing like the monsters we have seen when the pink ball was in use before and it wasn’t humid either so the modern Kookaburra was never going to swing much.

    Bowling first looked like the right option for a short period of time though as Luke Feldman had both the Blues openers – David Warner and Ed Cowan – struggling to get bat on ball.

    Feldman was the pick of the bowlers all day bowling with some decent pace, good line and length and doing just enough with the ball.

    Both openers fell quickly, Cowan with a poor leave and Warner thrashing an edge to at a rising ball outside off. This is where it all fell apart for the Bulls. Queensland needed to snare more wickets to justify bowling first but Steve Smith and Kurtis Patterson got NSW through this tough period.

    The afternoon became more and more depressing as the two batsmen then cashed in on their good starts with hundreds to put NSW in a leading position.

    Once the night set in the ball was clearly doing a bit as the standard pink ball collapse came into effect. The Blues lost five quick wickets with Feldman ending up taking five himself for the innings.

    The real shame for QLD was the quick fire runs put on by Ryan Carters and Mitchell Starc. That really took the game away just that bit too far.

    A smart declaration followed to get the Bulls in against the Test bowlers late into the night with a new pink ball and it had early success with Charlie Hemphrey bowled by Josh Hazelwood.

    Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja saw out the rest of what was a testing period, with Starc a little wayward at times.

    NSW 7/327 declared
    QLD 1/39

    The other games saw Victoria build a big first innings with a hundred to Marcus Harris and a tough 78 to Peter Handscomb. The big story from this games was the dropping of Glenn Maxwell, though.

    From the outside, it really looks like he has put a lot of people offside with his attempted last-minute move to New South Wales – that or his perceived attitude problem.

    The Tasmanian bowlers struggled to make an impact throughout the day’s play, and as such find themselves a long way behind in the match.

    Vic 4/351

    Western Australia, after batting for most of the first day, decided to make the same declaration that the New South Wales side did on the other side of the country, and despite being on a batsman-friendly wicket, it paid dividends with a new pink ball swinging around under lights.

    Shaun Marsh complied a patient 73 to top score, with Michael Klinger making 61 at the other end. Back from the disastrous tour of South Africa, Joe Mennie was the pick of the bowlers for the Redbacks on what was a tough day in the field.

    Jason Behrendorff then picked up two quick wickets to put the men from the west right on top of the match, reducing South Australia’s top order to nothing.

    WA 2/271 declared
    SA 2/16

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    • Roar Guru

      October 26th 2016 @ 5:12pm
      Rellum said | October 26th 2016 @ 5:12pm | ! Report

      Wonderful hundred from Joey Burns. Against a near Australian Test attack is a quality day out. QLD making a comeback here.

      • October 26th 2016 @ 5:23pm
        BurgyGreen said | October 26th 2016 @ 5:23pm | ! Report

        Yep, with Shaun Marsh proving his fitness and making runs as well, it adds a lot of intrigue to the selection of the second Test opening spot.

    • October 26th 2016 @ 5:34pm
      BurgyGreen said | October 26th 2016 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

      Maxwell’s dropping is a shocking joke. According to Andrew McDonald, it’s about ‘balance’. According to Pat Howard, it’s poor Matador form. Neither answer stands up to even a moment’s consideration.

      Firstly, you never improve team balance by dropping arguably your best player. He should really be batting 4 in that side. An utterly ridiculous comment from McDonald.

      Secondly, last I checked, averages of 30 with the bat and 24 with the ball were entirely serviceable for a one-day allrounder. Sure, he threw away a ton once or twice, but so did Finch and White in the same matches. All of Victoria’s top three are responsible for their inadequate totals at the back end of the tournament.

      All of this stinks of politics over Maxwell’s attempt to move. Childishly vindictive from Cricket Victoria – they could be seriously affecting his international career through this.

      • Roar Guru

        October 26th 2016 @ 5:52pm
        Rellum said | October 26th 2016 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

        I don’t think Maxwell covered himself in glory either with the timing of his move. The whole thing shows how much politics and ego are at play at high level cricket in Aus.

        • October 26th 2016 @ 5:59pm
          BurgyGreen said | October 26th 2016 @ 5:59pm | ! Report

          True, it was a very strange move. Surely someone would’ve told him that he couldn’t do it? I guess he’s as impulsive off the field as on it.

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            October 26th 2016 @ 8:24pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | October 26th 2016 @ 8:24pm | ! Report

            There’s so much movement of players in State cricket that I’m surprised Vic would take Maxwell’s attempted move so personally.

            Look at the current Victoria v Tassie Shield match – of the 22 players involved 9 of them are players who switched from other States.

            • Roar Guru

              October 26th 2016 @ 8:52pm
              Rellum said | October 26th 2016 @ 8:52pm | ! Report

              I am glad they have. Shows some pride in the State they are representing. Assuming that is why he is 12th man.

    • October 26th 2016 @ 5:45pm
      BurgyGreen said | October 26th 2016 @ 5:45pm | ! Report

      My highlights from play so far would have to be Burns’ ton, made against a virtual Test-class attack (Ussie did well too).

      Kurtis Patterson’s knock was excellent as well – he should be in the frame for a Test berth as soon as there’s a middle-order opening. His record is improving all the time, I think he’s got the goods.

      Behrendorff looks to be bowling with good pace on his return. An exciting prospect. Bolter for the Pakistan series, or even the second and third Tests against SA?

      Tasmania were disappointing. Victoria absolutely dominant, but they probably should’ve declared last night like NSW and WA did. Now with the rain, Tassie have a good shot at salvaging a draw. Faulkner was as toothless as the rest with the ball but hopefully he makes some runs.

      • October 27th 2016 @ 11:09am
        dan ced said | October 27th 2016 @ 11:09am | ! Report

        Patterson is definitely on a charge, I think Heazlett was too before his injury. I think Ferguson/Klinger are ahead though.

        Behrendorf looks very dangerous when bowling, I think Mennie is ahead of him atm (as he should be ahead of Bird/Siddle too) but I’m definitely a fan.

    • October 26th 2016 @ 6:01pm
      Brissie Boy said | October 26th 2016 @ 6:01pm | ! Report

      Good fightback from the Bulls. Great to see Khawaja and Burns batting together even if it is only for one game.

    • Roar Guru

      October 26th 2016 @ 6:08pm
      Dutski said | October 26th 2016 @ 6:08pm | ! Report

      Thanks Rellum. Nice to get a summary of what’s been happening.
      Hoping Starc gets a good hit out and is ready for the Saffas. We need him firing!

    • October 26th 2016 @ 6:13pm
      Brissie Boy said | October 26th 2016 @ 6:13pm | ! Report

      Good fightback from the Bulls. Great to see Khawaja and Burns batting well together for Queensland even if it is only for one game.

      Did a double-take when I saw Maxwell had been left out of the Bushrangers’ side. Must be something going on off the field because he has consistently been one of Victoria’s best Shield batsman the past few years. Would have him ahead of Finch, Wade and maybe even Handscomb and White in the pecking order.

      Solid wrap up, Rellum!

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