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Bailey, Silk extend Tasmania's lead to 300


SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2018-19

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Bailey stayed unbeaten on 96 to frustrate Queensland. © Getty

Tasmania vs Queensland, Hobart

After 18 wickets fell on the opening day across both teams, Tasmania are well ahead in their clash against Queensland extending their lead to 300 at the end of the second day at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

Tasmania, after being bowled out for 167, had Queensland on the mat at 86 for 8 – thanks to a five-wicket haul from Alex Pyecroft – when play resumed on Saturday (December 8). The visitors could add only 26 runs more before being bowled out for 107 giving Tasmania a 60-run lead. With some runs in their kitty, the loss of early wickets didn’t peg the hosts back.

Opener Jordan Silk notched up a fifty before George Bailey and skipper Matthew Wade shared an unbeaten 104-run stand to put them in a strong position with two days to play. While Bailey remained unbeaten on 96, Wade was not out on 40, taking their side to 204 for 4 at the end of day’s play.

Brief scores: Tasmania 167 & 204/4 (Jordan Silk 54, George Bailey 96*, Matthew Wade 40*) lead Queensland 107 (Michael Neser 27; Alex Pyecroft 5-28) by 300 runs.

Victoria vs Western Australia, Melbourne

Victoria tightened their grip on the clash against Western Australia by reducing the visitors to 170 for 5 at stumps, who still trail by 254, after having declared their first-innings on 424 for 9 on Day 2.

Nic Maddinson, who was unbeaten on 159, on resumption of play on Saturday, could only add three more runs before being trapped leg before by Jhye Richardson, falling for 162 on his first-class debut for Victoria. His knock, coupled with Cameron White’s century, had Victoria extend their total over for the 400-run mark before making the declaration at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. White, unbeaten on 65 at the start of the day, went on to bring up his century, eventually falling for 119, as David Moody returned three wickets.

In reply, WA’s batsmen got starts but failed to convert any into a substantial knock as Scott Boland’s three-wicket pegged them back. D’Arcy Short looked good in his 66-ball stay, but he fell on 42, failing to capitalise on his start too. William Bosisto (22 not out) and Ashton Turner (38 not out) saw the side through to stumps unscathed.

Brief scores: Victoria 424/9 dec (Nic Maddinson 162, Glenn Maxwell 57, Cameron White 119) lead Western Australia 170/5 (D’Arcy Short 42, Ashton Turner 38*; Scott Boland 3-39) by 254 runs.

New South Wales vs South Australia, Sydney

An unbeaten 223-run stand from New South Wales’ openers has eaten into large chunk of the deficit after South Australia were bowled out for 380 on the second day of their Sheffield Shield clash. Nick Larkin and Daniel Hughes scored centuries en route their double century stand, remaining unbeaten on 109 and 105 respectively at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with NSW still trailing SA’s first-innings total by 157.

As many as four half-centuries on the opening day had SA resume the day on 315 for 5, with Tom Cooper and Alex Carey having added 130 for the sixth wicket. Cooper, who resumed batting on 87, didn’t get to a century, after being dismissed by Sean Abbott on 89. Carey, however, got to a century and remained unbeaten on 110, as NSW’s bowlers came back strongly to run through the lower order. Greg West, on his first-class debut, returned three wickets, as did Abbott.

South Australia haven’t registered a single win in 5 games this season, having drawn three and lost two.

Brief scores: South Australia 380 (Jake Weatherald 59, Jake Lehmann 57, Tom Cooper 89, Alex Carey 110*; Sean Abbott 3-97, Greg West 3-88) lead New South Wales 223/0 (Nick Larkin 109*, Daniel Hughes 105*) by 157 runs.

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