South Australia vs Western Australia, Adelaide
South Australia pacer Daniel Worrall helped his side regain control of the proceedings in Adelaide with a fantastic seven-wicket haul, which enabled his team to bundle out the visitors for 207 – 44 runs short of South Australia’s total.
After Joe Mennie got rid of Shaun Marsh early on Day 2, Worrall struck to run through the middle-order. From 35 for 2, Western Australia slipped to 106 for 7, when Jhy Richardson – the hero with the ball on Day 1 – arrived. He stitched a couple of brief partnerships and scored a half-century to drag his side beyond 200 before Worrall dismissed him and the No.11 batsman David Moody to finish with figures of 21.4-3-64-7.
South Australia then made a solid start to their second innings, as openers Jake Weatherald and Conor McInerney took the lead past the 100-run mark. Moody broke the opening stand but South Australia still finished the day in a far superior position than their opposition – extending their lead to 136 runs.
Brief Scores: South Australia 251 & 92/2 (Conor McInerney 41*; David Moody 1-5) lead Western Australia 207 (Jhy Richardson 53; Daniel Worrall 7-64) by 136 runs
Tasmania vs Victoria, Hobart
Fast bowlers – across both Tasmania and Victoria – enjoyed a field day as they picked 15 wickets between them in an entertaining start to the fixture in Hobart.
Things unraveled rather swiftly for Tasmania, who were asked to bat first, as Chris Tremain finished with splendid five-wicket haul and was ably supported by James Pattinson (3 for 13) and Scott Boland (2 for 22). Tasmania crashed and burned on their way to a paltry 81 by the time they lost their final wicket, with the best batting effort coming from Jordan Silk (16).
Victoria too lost early wickets and emerged only marginally better than their opponents by the time play came to an end of Day 1. That was largely down to Cameron White’s fighting 63 and the small partnerships he forged around it.
Brief Scores: Tasmania 81 (Jordan Silk 16; Chris Tremain 5-13, James Pattinson 3-13) trail Victoria 148/5 (Cameron White 63; Riley Meredith 2-25) by 67 runs
New South Wales vs Queensland, Canberra
Australia’s Test regulars – Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood – made the switch to red-ball cricket in fine fashion, combining well to help New South Wales claim a 16-run first innings lead against Queensland on Day 2 of their Sheffield Sheild clash. Lyon finished with 4 for 83 while Cummins shrugged off the disappointment of the ODI series against South Africa with three wickets from his 20-over workout. Josh Hazlewood picked up a couple while Starc had only one wicket to show from his 23 overs.
NSW needed their senior bowlers to step up, having made only 279 in the first innings. Queensland had made a handy start in the morning with Matt Renshaw and Marnus Labuschagne stitching a half-century stand for the second wicket. Lyon removed Renshaw and, in the process, dented the southpaw’s chance of a Test call-up. Labuschagne completed his half-century but was soon cleaned up by Cummins for 52.
Wickets in regular intervals left the visitors reeling at 146 for 7 before Mark Steketee (41) and Michael Neser (62) got together for a 64-run partnership. Neser went on to add another 49 for the last wicket with Brendan Doggett reducing the deficit. NSW’s openers then batted out 12 overs in the day to take the lead to 52.
Brief scores: NSW 279 & 33/0 lead Queensland 260 (Michael Neser 62, Marnus Labuschagne 52; Nathan Lyon 4-83, Pat Cummins 3-41) by 52 runs.
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