South Australia 505 drew with Queensland 231 & 6-357
Man of the Match: Tom Cooper

If you saw white smoke billowing from the stands above the Adelaide Oval on the weekend it was because a new Pope had arrived: Lloyd Pope.

On a good batting deck, the teenage leg-spinner took seven day one wickets to announce himself as a future Australian representative.

However, Pope’s heroics couldn’t get South Australia its first win of the season, as some dogged batting from Sam Heazlett (119 off 356 balls), Charlie Hemphrey (87 off 156) and Michael Neser (57 off 124) defied the home side.

In the Redbacks’ first innings, Tom Cooper hit his 11th first class century with a dominant 178 and Jake Lehmann scored his seventh with a composed 126.

Mitch Swepson and Marnus Labuschagne bowled 52.5 overs between them, but could only muster three wickets.

Victoria 9-445 declared defeated New South Wales 159 & 179 by an innings and 107 runs.
Man of the Match: Marcus Harris

This was undoubtedly Marcus Harris‘ match.

The Victorians bowled first on a new-looking MCG wicket, despite the ground producing nothing but drawn matches for the last 18 months.

But the risk paid immediate dividends, with Chris Tremain (5-47) continuing his fine form and helping bowl out the Blues within 62 overs.

Although the home side was on the ropes early at 2-6 after a Trent Copeland double, Harris steadied the ship and found himself 51 at stumps on the first day.

He would day through the entire second day, and while none of his teammates would reach 50, Harris would be unbeaten on 250 when the declaration came on day three.

Scott Boland did the damage from there on, taking 6-49 from 26 overs.

For the Blues, Kurtis Patterson was the solitary resistance, reaching 50 in both innings (63 and 50).

Jason Sangha made a pair with the bat but impressed with his unusual leggies and took 3-80, having to bowl a lot more after the injury to Mickey Edwards.

Western Australia 243 & 3-195 defeated Tasmania 226 & 208 by seven wickets.
Man of the Match: Shaun Marsh

Both states went in pace-heavy at the WACA and it was an extremely close contest that emerged.

Western Australia was boosted by the return of veteran Shaun Marsh who showed his class in both innings, top scoring with 80 and 98.

The extremely talented 19-year-old Cameron Green shrugged off injury concerns from round one and snared a first-innings 6-30, to shock Tasmania. His career record now stands at five matches, 22 wickets at 13.72.

Matthew Wade continued his run of 50s with another two against the Warriors, with 66 not out and 50 even to make it four in a row.

The Warriors’ tricky chase of 192 was negotiated by Marsh and former Test batsman Hilton Cartwright, who anchored the innings with an unbeaten 84.

State FC games Internationals*
TAS 58.2 4
VIC 53.5 5
SA 37.5 5
QLD 37.5 6
WA 36.3 5
NSW 34.7 3

*Players with international experience in Test, ODI or T20I

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