SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
Maddinson kept Victoria in the game with solid partnerships with Glenn Maxwell and Cameron White. © Getty
On a 18-wicket opening day, Tasmania made a rousing comeback after losing the toss and being bowled out for 167. Seamer Alex Pyecroft claimed 5 for 18 to leave Queensland tottering at 86 for 8 at Stumps on the opening day of their Sheffield Shield fixture. Pyecroft’s efforts have put Tasmania in pole position to claim a handy first innings lead and push for victory as they look to keep the pressure on table-toppers Victoria.
There were early signs of a difficult life for batsmen on this wicket as Jordan Silk, Ben McDermott and Alex Doolan departed inside the first 10 overs of the match with only 13 runs added. George Bailey then made a crucial 25 before captain Matthew Wade played what could potentially be a match-winning knock of 63. Tasmania found another 63 vital runs from the final two partnerships as Gabe Bell and Riley Meredith pushed the total to 167 with their useful contributions.
Queensland made a significantly better start, putting 25 for the first wicket before Joe Burns fell for a 17-ball 18. Matt Renshaw fell to Jackson Bird soon after, triggering an almighty collapse. Pyecroft scythed through the middle-order even as Marnus Labuschagne made a concerted effort to reprise the Wade effort from earlier on. He was sixth out for 21, leaving Queensland with a mountain to climb in the rest of the game.
Brief scores: Tasmania 167 (Matthew Wade 63; Mark Steketee 3-35, Michael Neser 3-43) lead Queensland 86/8 (Alex Pyecroft 5-18) by 81 runs.
Nic Maddinson’s unbeaten 159 on his Sheffield Shield debut for Victoria guided the side to a position of strength at the end of the opening day of their clash against Western Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After opting to bat on Friday (December 7), Victoria lost Travis Dean and Will Pucovski in the span of four overs, after which Maddinson kept them in the game with solid partnerships with Glenn Maxwell and Cameron White respectively taking Victoria to 311 for 3 at stumps.
Maxwell had a sedate start, requiring as many as 15 balls to get off the mark. He did so with a boundary, finding his feet gradually. Once he got going, he fought his way through to a half-century, looking in fine touch. Maxwell, however, was dismissed in rather unlucky fashion. Matthew Kelly dropped a return catch off Maddinson, when on 92, only for the deflection to ricochet onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end, catching Maxwell well-short of his crease, ending a 112-run stand.
Maddinson reached a century soon after, with White for company, as the pair stitched together an unbeaten 134-run stand by the end of day’s play. While Maddinson reached his 150, White was unbeaten on 65.
Brief scores: Victoria 311/3 (Nic Maddinson 159*, Glenn Maxwell 57, Cameron White 65*) vs Western Australia.
As many as four half-centuries from South Australia’s batsmen put them in pole position against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground at the end of the opening day’s play. Opting to bat on Friday (December 7), South Australia ended the day on 315 for 5, with Tom Cooper and Alex Carey unbeaten on fifties, en route a 130-run stand.
After having added 51 runs for the opening wicket, Conor McInerney gave Greg West, who made his first-class debut, the first of his two wickets on the day. Two balls later, West got Kelvin Smith, in a double strike that dented South Australia’s start. Opener Jake Weatherald got to a half-century, and with skipper Jake Lehmann resurrected their innings with a fifty-run stand. Callum Ferguson failed to get going after Weatherald departed for 59 as SA were dented once again by quick wickets.
Lehmann was trapped leg before by Jason Sangha as SA were reduced to 185 for 5, but a century stand between Cooper and Carey, whilst unbeaten on 87 and 66 respectively, gave SA the upper hand at the end of day’s play.
South Australia haven’t registered a single win in 5 games this season, having drawn three games and lost two.
Brief scores: South Australia 315/5 (Jake Weatherald 59, Jake Lehmann 57, Tom Cooper 87*, Alex Carey 66*) vs New South Wales.