Sheffield Shield Round 8, Day 1: Klinger’s Day After Slow Start
South Australia vs Victoria, Adelaide
South Australian veteran Michael Klinger has hit his 17th first class ton after warding off early danger against Victoria. After rain delayed the start of play in Adelaide, the Redbacks won the toss and elected to bat. Victoria’s team sheet included the recalling of David Hussey (surprise surprise).
It was slow going early on, Klinger and fellow opener Raphael played watchful cricket to have the team total at only 53 after the first 30 overs. Their early patience paid off as the run rate increased and they both picked up half centuries. Enter The Big Show, he picked up 2 quick wickets (including Raphael) and appears to almost be a one man team for the Vics at the moment. That brought the man 2nd on the run scorers list for the season, Tom Cooper, to the crease. An unbeaten 145 run partnership ensued, with Klinger bringing up his century off 247 balls. He finished the day on 115, while Tom Cooper regained the run scoring lead off Marcus North and will be looking for another century tomorrow, currently on 80 off 125 balls.
With figures of 2/20 off 7, perhaps The Big Show should have bowled a bit more?
Tasmania vs Queensland, Hobart
The Bulls won the toss and elected to bowl first on a green top in Hobart. In another slow innings, Ed Cowan and Steve Cazzulino bunkered down and fought through the difficult conditions. Tassy didn’t bring up their 100 until the end of the 50th over. Cazzulino fell for a well made 63, while Cowan fell painstakingly short of what would have been a well deserved hundred on 93 off 223 balls. Ben Dunk is now cashing in, racing to 43 off 68. Tassy are well placed at 5/244.
Western Australia vs New South Wales, WACA
It was a different story at the WACA. NSW chose to bat and made good use of it. Ryan Carters continued his great form by hitting his 3rd century of the season. He was eventually dismissed by Mitch Marsh on 104. Carters was supported by Ben Rohrer, who got 77 off 108 ball before falling to Behrendorff.
Some wickets late in the day from Hogan got Western Australia back into the game, New South Wales heading off 7/291 at stumps. The pick of the WA bowlers was Behrendorff who took 3/43.