Sheffield Shield Round 8, Day 2: Klinger Completes Double
South Australia vs Victoria
After finishing the first day unbeaten on 115, veteran opener Michael Klinger continued to dominate the Victorian bowlers on day two, going on to record a brilliant double century.
Earlier in the day, quick John Hastings gave Victoria a bit of hope after he took 3 quick scalps in a great spell of bowling. He prevented Tom Cooper from cashing in on his 80 from day 1, only allowing him to add 1 more to his tally before getting him snicking a cut shot. Hastings then dealt with Callum Ferguson and Johan Botha shortly after. Keeper Tim Ludeman then joined Klinger and together they put on 184 for the 6th wicket. Klinger eventually fell for 213 to, guess who, Glenn Maxwell. Ludeman continued on to his maiden first class ton, brought up off 154 balls, which brought about the declaration from the Redbacks at 6/511.
This week Victoria managed to get to 12 safely, a vast improvement on 6/9 from last week. But then it was almost déjà vu for the struggling Bushranger batsmen as they proceeded to lose 3/0. Skipper Cameron White couldn’t revive the innings, he was out for 16 making Victoria 4/50. Chadd Sayers was the chief destroyer for South Australia with 3 of those wickets. That brought Glenn Maxwell to the crease with David Hussey. That’s right, Mr Can’t Make the Team With the Worst Batting Line-up in the Comp, David Hussey. These two led the Victorian recovery. Hussey finished the day on 70 not out, made in good time too off 113 balls. To think Victoria even considered leaving this guy out. Preposterous. Maxwell will resume on 42, with the team on 4/146. Maybe we should upgrade Victoria to a two man team?
Western Australia vs New South Wales
An intriguing day awaits at the WACA, where Western Australia require 82 run, or the Blues need 5 more wickets, to take first innings points. The Blues’ lower order added another 53 to their overnight tally before being bowled out. Jason Behrendorff grabbed a 5 fa for WA, his figures finished at 5/65 off 23.5.
WA had a shocker of a start with Doug Bollinger trapping opener Bancroft LBW first ball of the innings. His partner, the prolific Marcus North, was in the runs yet again. The signs were ominous for the Blues until Sean Abbott was able to run out the leading run scorer for 69. Abbott was already in the game, getting the Blues second wicket through his bowling, that of Marcus Harris for 49, too. Adam Voges is putting up a staunch fight for WA, he will continue on day three 73 not out with Sam Whiteman, after Abbott also dealt with Marsh and Turner. WA are 5/263.
Tasmania vs Queensland
The Tigers’ lower order did a great job boosting their total to 350, with most of the tail chipping in. Ben Cutting took 4/54 off 25.5 for the Bulls. Queensland opener Joe Burns has been the only constant so far in the Bulls’ innings, he sits on 76 not out. Tassy managed 3 scalps to have QLD 3/136. Peter Forrest is at the crease with Burns and will be looking to steady the ship and progress towards the 350 run target.