Sheffield Shield Round 8, Wrap: A Hilfy Hattrick, Vics Saved, Blues Crumble

Tasmania vs Queensland
Tasmanian quick Ben Hilfenhaus took a hattrick on day 3 of the Tigers vs QLD match to completely derail the Bulls’ first innings. Hilfy sent Hopes packing LBW for 12, and then proceeded to bowl the dangerous Ben Cutting and Cameron Boyce to complete the feat. Hilfenhaus’ hattrick helped the Tigers take the final 5 Queensland wickets for only 13 runs to to have them all out for 183, 167 ahead. Hilfy’s figures finished at 4/49 off 20. Joe Burns carried his bat for Queensland, being left stranded on 91.

Tassy struggled in their 2nd innings, declaring at 9/165, but their total was more than enough. Sam Rainbird took 4 wickets for the Tigers in Queensland’s 2nd innings, to help bowl them out for just 149. Tasmania comfortably took full points.

South Australia vs Victoria
David Hussey was unable to add more than just 1 to his 70 on day 3. However, Glenn Maxwell continued his purple patch, hitting another century. He scored 119 off 162 and is currently making a huge statement in the struggling Victoria side. The Vics were bowled out for 309 in their first, 4 from Kane Richardson (4/61 of 28) was the highlight for the Redbacks. Still 202 short of South Australia’s score, the Bushrangers were sent in to follow on.

An true team effort, a rare occasion for the Vics this season, saved the game in the 2nd innings. Things were looking ominous again at 2/29, but over a hundred run partnership between Stoinis (52) and White (65) gave the Bushrangers hope. 45 from David Hussey and 47 from Hastings, combined with a crucial 71 not out from keeper Matthew Wade got them ahead of SA’s first innings total and into comfortable territory. The game was called a draw with Victoria still batting at 7/334.

Western Australia vs New South Wales
The Blues crumbled at the WACA, resulting in Western Australia overtaking them and bumping them out of the top 2 on the ladder.

Adam Voges went on to record a fantastic 155 in the first innings. Him and Sam Whiteman (88) had almost a 200 run partnership to put WA in a great position. They were eventually all out for 462, a lead of 118. Sean Abbott took 4/71 off 20.1 for the Blues.

New South Wales then absolutely crumbled in their 2nd innings. They were rolled for 126, only 8 runs ahead of WA. Jason Behrendorff was again the main destroyer, he just missed out on 10 for the match taking 4/35 off 13.3. Marcus North was also an unlikely wicket taker – he picked up 3 Blues wickets.

New South Wales chucked Manjot Singh on to open the bowling, he was able to grab to consolation wickets before WA got the 8 they needed. Of course, Marcus North was not out on 4.

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