SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
Jake Lehmann was unbeaten on 41 but other South Australia batsmen disappointed. © Getty
A stunning five-for by Jon Holland helped Victoria stage a sensational comeback and leave the Sheffield Shield encounter against New South Wales (NSW) on an even kneel. On the back of Harry Conway’s superb figures of 5 for 14, NSW skittled out Victoria for just 106, after the visitors had opted to bat first at the Drummoyne Oval, Sydney. Nic Maddinson made 24 while four others reached double figures. Conway was well assisted by Trent Copeland, who took three wickets while Steve O’Keefe grabbed the other two.
The openers then put on 67 for the first wicket as NSW threatened to bat Victoria out of the contest. But the dismissal of Nick Larkin by Holland opened up the floodgates as the hosts collapsed from 67-0 to 87-7, all in the space of 83 deliveries. Holland was well complemented by Peter Siddle, who took the other two wickets, as NSW finished the day at 97 for 7, still adrift by 9 runs. Daniel Hughes made 45, but the middle-order meltdown meant the match is still well in balance.
Brief Scores: Victoria 106 (Nic Maddinson 24, Harry Conway 5/14, Trent Copeland 3/50) lead NSW 97/7 (Daniel Hughes 45, Jon Holland 5/27, Peter Siddle 2/19) by 9 runs
Western Australia found useful hands right throughout the batting order as they finished the first day of their clash against Tasmania at a healthy 334 for 7. Asked to bat first at the Blundstone Arena, Western Australia were indebted to handy knocks from Josh Phillipe (76), Hilton Cartwright (66) and Sam Whiteman (55), as they recovered from a middle-order blip. After a reasonable start, WA slipped to 63 for 3 and then again to 184 for 5, but decent stands for the fourth and the sixth wicket meant that the innings didn’t subside rapidly.
Jackson Bird kept reeling away and was rewarded with three wickets while Ryan Meredith and Gabe Bell provided support with two wickets each.
Brief Scores: Western Australia 334 for 7 (Josh Phillipe 76, Hilton Cartwright 66, Sam Whiteman 55, Jackson Bird 3/56) v Tasmania
As many as 20 wickets fell on yet another action packed day at the Gabba, Brisbane, with Jake Lehmann (41*) keeping alive South Australia’s slender chances of staging an upset win over hosts, Queensland. Resuming at their overnight score of 67 for 7, South Australia fell away rather quickly, getting bundled out for just 71, thereby conceding a small but significant lead of 44 runs. Queensland’s second dig wasn’t any better either – six batsmen went past double-figures, but none could top Sam Heazlett’s 37 as the hosts were bowled out for 130. All the bowlers chipped around, with Joe Mennie and Tom Andrews taking three wickets each while Nick Winter and Luke Robins took two apiece.
Needing 175 for a come from behind victory, South Australia’s batsmen failed to come into grips with the pitch once again, falling to 46 for 6 before a 40-run stand between Lehmann and Tom Andrews (12) gave them hope. Andrews was dismissed towards the fag end of the day’s play, but Lehmann ensured that his team had a chance going into the third and final day – needing another 81 runs for an improbable victory. Mark Steketee was the destroyer in chief, claiming four wickets.
Brief Scores: Queensland 115 (Marnus Labuschagne 36, Tom Andrews 6/40) and 130 ( Sam Heazlett 37, Joe Mennie 3/16, Tom Andrews 3/42) lead South Australia 71 (Luke Feldman 4/19, Michael Neser 3/17) and 94/7 (Jake Lehmann 41*, Mark Steketee 4/16, Feldman 2/35) by 81 runs.