Weather played havoc with round three of the Sheffield Shield. 🌧🌧
Check out the leading run-scorers, wicket-takers and the standings at the bottom of this post.
Victoria 351 & 2-22 drew with South Australia 244 & 230
Only rain could prevent Victoria from securing its third win from as many matches.
There was no play at all on the final day, Tuesday, as the Victorians required 102 more runs with eight wickets in hand.
Earlier, Tom Cooper‘s fine form continued with his second Shield ton of the season, a quick 118 from only 159 balls.
But Scott Boland ruled the innings, taking 7-54, his second five-wicket haul for the season and the third seven-wicket haul of his career.
We then saw a patient and mature ton from Peter Handscomb in reply (123 from 216), and unlike Cooper, he had good support from his openers in Travis Dean (75) and the red-hot Marcus Harris (65).
Chadd Sayers‘ career-best 56 lifted South Australia from a dire position on day three, but only after James Pattinson‘s return to the wickets.
After only eight overs in the first innings, Pattinson took the top-order scalps of Jake Lehmann, Cal Ferguson and Cooper, to finish with nine overs, 3-24.
Queensland 9-448d & 2-135 drew with Western Australia 540
A batting friendly Gabba wicket greeted the teams and it was terrific to see some of Australia’s top bats get some good runs under their belts.
Matt Renshaw (89) and Joe Burns (49) got the Bulls off to an excellent start, but Test incumbent Marnus Labuschagne (11) missed out.
Then, early on day two, Bulls’ skipper Jimmy Peirson ended his side’s innings with himself on 82 not out, despite not yet having a Sheffield Shield hundred to his name. Respect.
But the declaration looked like a genius move for Queensland as the Warriors stumbled to 3-42.
However, vice captain Ash Turner (48) and captain Mitch Marsh (151) got their side back into the game with a healthy partnership.
However, it was the coming-of-age knock from Will Bosisto that will be remembered most fondly, as the 25-year-old put together a career-best 167 not out, from 377 balls, putting WA in a commanding position.
The former Australian Under-19 captain has struggled for consistency for the Warriors, often being used as an opener, but maybe No.6 (or in this case No.7, behind nightwatchman David Moody) is his spot.
The match petered out to the draw, but only after a smashing 80 off 85 from Burns, who took a particular liking to the bowling of Usman Qadir.
New South Wales 9-444d & 1-22d drew with Tasmania 4-115d & 7-264
Three matches, three draws in this round’s Shield action. But this one got closer than it ever should have thanks to some sporting captaincy.
A lot of rain in Sydney meant that Tasmania entered the final day only four down in its first innings.
But the Tigers declared 329 runs behind, and the Blues quickly followed with a secondary declaration four overs later.
It left Tasmania with 350 to win on a lengthened day, with the pitch likely to take seam and spin.
The result was a thrilling day of cricket.
Alex Doolan glided to 90 but after he fell to Stephen O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon began to spin a web.
The Test off-spinner claimed the wickets of Jake Doran, George Bailey, Tim Paine and Tom Rogers in short time, giving NSW a great chance at victory.
However a defiant Beau Webster (80* off 211) produced perhaps the best innings of his 39-match career to stave off the Blues.
Earlier, we saw maiden hundreds from Jason Sangha (117 off 223) and Jack Edwards (101 off 149) in a great sign for the future of Australian cricket.
|Top run-scorers||Runs||Average||Highest score|
|Alex Doolan (TAS)||350||58.33||115|
|Marcus Harris (VIC)||348||116||250*|
|Tom Cooper (SA)||342||68.4||178|
|Jake Lehmann (SA)||298||74.5||126|
|Matthew Wade (TAS)||261||87||72*|
*denotes not out
|Top wicket-takers||Wickets||Average||Best bowling|
|Scott Boland (VIC)||24||13.12||7-54|
|Joe Mennie (SA)||17||15.58||5-39|
|Chris Tremain (VIC)||17||21.17||5-47|
|Trent Copeland (NSW)||16||16.31||6-86|
|Jackson Bird (TAS)||13||18.23||5-35|
|Sheffield Shield Table||W||L||D||Points|
|New South Wales||0||1||2||5.19|