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Tasmania 355 & 132 defeated Queensland 148 & 93 by 246 runs.

It was a convincing win for Tasmania to begin the season. An opening day century to Alex Doolan (the tenth of his career) looked more and more impressive as the match wore on. Matthew Wade’s 72* was the second-highest score of the match.

Then, the Tassie quicks put Queensland to the sword – a ten-wicket haul for Jackson Bird (the fourth of his career) and an impressive second-innings 4-17 for Gabe Bell were the highlights.

Can Wade put some pressure on his Tasmanian counterpart Tim Paine this summer? He was the only batsman on this match to reach 50 in both innings, took five catches and let through no byes.

The inexperience of the Bulls’ side showed, particularly in the top order, showed. When your side only scores 241 runs across both innings there aren’t going to be many highlights, but debutant Nathan McSweeney’s 35 from 179 balls in the first innings showed real determination and resolve.

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New South Wales 246 & 279-8d drew with South Australia 273 & 103-6.

Trent Copeland did it with bat and ball to nearly score the Blues an unlikely victory over South Australia.

The match was ruined by regular rain breaks, but Copeland’s first-innings 55 and 6-86 ensured the match was going to go down to the wire.

Having to survive only 45 overs, Jake Lehmann’s side was collapsing around him on the final day. But his 33 from 126 balls, along with Joe Mennie’s resistance of 12 from 51, proved enough to hold on for the draw.

Lloyd Pope made an eye-catching debut thanks to his maiden wicket, but his match figures of 2-105 reinstated that’s he’s still a young leggie with a lot to learn.

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Western Australia 208 & 251 lost to Victoria 504 by an innings and 45 runs.

This match will be remembered fondly as Will Pucovski’s arrival. The 20-year-old blasted 243 from 311 balls in a knock completely turned the match on its head.

Pucovski made his maiden century on a placid MCG wicket last year, but this WACA wicket at least offered the bowlers something.

Chris Tremain continued his Sheffield Shield dominance of the last few years with nine wickets (4-37 and 5-100) while Scott Boland took seven of his own.

The bright spot for the Warriors was the form of young gun Josh Philippe, who hit a counter-attacking 41 off 27 in the first innings and followed it up with a defiant 104 off 142 in the second. Entering the crease at 4-42 and 4-32, those knocks took place when the bowlers were right on top.

The Warriors might be in for a long season, with their XI for round one being the most inexperienced of all the states.

State FC games (average) Internationals*
TAS 57.2 4
VIC 47.7 4
NSW 44.1 5
SA 38.7 4
QLD 33.8 5
WA 25.5 3

*Players with international experience in Test, ODI or T20I