WA v NSW, Ryobi Cup, Perth September 16, 2012

Smith and Bollinger help NSW win season opener

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New South Wales 5 for 281 (Smith 99*, Henriques 78, Henry 66) beat Western Australia 254 (M Marsh 78, Bollinger 4-67) by 27 runs
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Steven Smith and Doug Bollinger helped New South Wales claim the first victory of the Australian domestic season, a 27-run win over Western Australia at the WACA. Smith made an unbeaten 99 to set up a strong total of 5 for 281 before Bollinger collected 4 for 67 from 13 overs to ensure the Warriors did not chase down the target, despite the best efforts of Mitchell Marsh with 78.

In what was the earliest start to an Australian domestic season, the Warriors won the toss and sent the Blues in, and the debutant opener Scott Henry provided a steady hand with 66 from 105 balls. Mitchell Johnson, playing his first domestic one-day game for Western Australia, claimed two wickets, including that of the national captain Michael Clarke caught at slip for 1, but Smith and Moises Henriques proved the keys.

Smith must have been close to being part of Australia's squad in Sri Lanka for the World Twenty20, but instead found himself in Perth trying to prove his value to the national selectors once again. He blasted 11 fours and one six in his innings and was left one short of his maiden one-day century, while Henriques was even brisker in his scoring.

He made 78 from 45 balls including five sixes, and the Blues took 50 runs off Johnson's final four overs. Nathan Coulter-Nile also struggled to contain Henriques and Smith in the dying stages, conceding three sixes in his final over to finish with 2 for 69 from 12 overs. In reply, Western Australia needed a strong start but lost Liam Davis and Adam Voges to Bollinger in the early stages.

Shaun Marsh (37) and the debutant Sam Whiteman (31) provided something for the Warriors to build on but too much was left for the end, and despite Mitchell Marsh's 78 from 65 deliveries, the target was too tall for the Warriors. Bollinger collected another two wickets later in the innings and Western Australia were dismissed for 254 in the 50th over.

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  • POSTED BY RightArmEverything on | September 18, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Why does Smith not get much of a bowl these days?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 17, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Countdown on till the real cricket starts tomorrow!

  • POSTED BY J-ROD94 on | September 17, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Good to see Henriques finally scoring some runs.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 17, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    @shelts7 on (September 17 2012, 00:48 AM GMT) - apart from the fact that he has already played for Oz, the reality is that MMarsh did not make the National side because a) he was not fully recovered from injury & b) disciplinary issues! Neither of those reasons have anything to do with which state hedoes NOT play for! Ultimately he was out done by Henriques anyway! LOL! @RyanSmith on (September 17 2012, 00:50 AM GMT) - well said!

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | September 17, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Marcio. Good point mate but the opposition and conditions did play their part. Aus have SA next and Ind/Eng away. Eng have Ind/NZ away and then NZ home before we welcome you lads over. How do you think the rankings will look in a year? Personaly I feel Aus are going to free fall, Eng might lose a place too! Aus have a very tough couple of years and then replacing Punter/Hussy might make things even more difficult. Time will tell apart from the Ashes wish you lads well.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    @jonesy Mitch marsh maybe but certanly not shaun marsh ?

  • POSTED BY RyanSmith on | September 17, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    To all those saying Smith has done nothing at international level. What do you expect from a guy coming in at number 7, with 3 overs left to bat. If he was given time to build an innings and decent opportunities up the order and still failed you might have a case. But he hasn't really had that many decent opportunities in the limited-overs games at international level. He did have a very good IPL season though against many international standard players!

    But he has only played 5 tests and in the tests that he played he did every bit as well as Clarke and Ponting, but I don't see anyone suggest they can't bat! I am not saying he should be in the current test team, because I don't think he should. But I do think he can play and I am confident if he has a full season in the shield this summer that he WILL prove it. He has certainly made a good start so far. Don't expect it to be the last time you see him make runs.

  • POSTED BY shelts7 on | September 17, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    I agree with both Gillyforever and Jonesy2 that Mitch Marsh should be in the Australian side in T20 and the one day side but he might have to get a blue NSW cap first.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 17, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    Good contest. It would have to be a massive adjustment for Pup, going from the UAE (low slow), to the WACA! Interested to see how Henriques, Smith & O'Keefe went for NSW & the Marsh brothers & N-CN for WA. Henriques, IMO, is a good bowling allrounder, but has obvious up-side in his batting, that hopefully will be unlocked soon. Good signs re: M Marsh & Smith.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | September 17, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @MattyP1979, since Australia has lost only one of its last 13 test/ODI series, I'm quite happy if you call it a "re-building phase". That includes winning 9 of the last 14 tests (2 losses). Meanwhile England has lost 6/11. I guess that's not really "re-building". Perhaps "dismantling" might be a better term.

  • POSTED BY RightArmEverything on | September 18, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Why does Smith not get much of a bowl these days?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 17, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Countdown on till the real cricket starts tomorrow!

  • POSTED BY J-ROD94 on | September 17, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Good to see Henriques finally scoring some runs.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 17, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    @shelts7 on (September 17 2012, 00:48 AM GMT) - apart from the fact that he has already played for Oz, the reality is that MMarsh did not make the National side because a) he was not fully recovered from injury & b) disciplinary issues! Neither of those reasons have anything to do with which state hedoes NOT play for! Ultimately he was out done by Henriques anyway! LOL! @RyanSmith on (September 17 2012, 00:50 AM GMT) - well said!

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | September 17, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Marcio. Good point mate but the opposition and conditions did play their part. Aus have SA next and Ind/Eng away. Eng have Ind/NZ away and then NZ home before we welcome you lads over. How do you think the rankings will look in a year? Personaly I feel Aus are going to free fall, Eng might lose a place too! Aus have a very tough couple of years and then replacing Punter/Hussy might make things even more difficult. Time will tell apart from the Ashes wish you lads well.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    @jonesy Mitch marsh maybe but certanly not shaun marsh ?

  • POSTED BY RyanSmith on | September 17, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    To all those saying Smith has done nothing at international level. What do you expect from a guy coming in at number 7, with 3 overs left to bat. If he was given time to build an innings and decent opportunities up the order and still failed you might have a case. But he hasn't really had that many decent opportunities in the limited-overs games at international level. He did have a very good IPL season though against many international standard players!

    But he has only played 5 tests and in the tests that he played he did every bit as well as Clarke and Ponting, but I don't see anyone suggest they can't bat! I am not saying he should be in the current test team, because I don't think he should. But I do think he can play and I am confident if he has a full season in the shield this summer that he WILL prove it. He has certainly made a good start so far. Don't expect it to be the last time you see him make runs.

  • POSTED BY shelts7 on | September 17, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    I agree with both Gillyforever and Jonesy2 that Mitch Marsh should be in the Australian side in T20 and the one day side but he might have to get a blue NSW cap first.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 17, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    Good contest. It would have to be a massive adjustment for Pup, going from the UAE (low slow), to the WACA! Interested to see how Henriques, Smith & O'Keefe went for NSW & the Marsh brothers & N-CN for WA. Henriques, IMO, is a good bowling allrounder, but has obvious up-side in his batting, that hopefully will be unlocked soon. Good signs re: M Marsh & Smith.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | September 17, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @MattyP1979, since Australia has lost only one of its last 13 test/ODI series, I'm quite happy if you call it a "re-building phase". That includes winning 9 of the last 14 tests (2 losses). Meanwhile England has lost 6/11. I guess that's not really "re-building". Perhaps "dismantling" might be a better term.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Wake up selectors, Heriques is a great 20/20 player and should be straight into the Aussie 20/20 side given our lack of success in the format.

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | September 16, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    CA is in the rebuilding phase (4 years and counting). With brilliant talents like Smith, Cowan, Doherty, Warner, Hughes, Johnson the rise to the top will come easily. WC first where the mighty Aus ranking below Ireland should be a cake walk, then SA where the flawless Aus batting card should easily punish the highly over-rated SA attack. With youngsters like Punter/Hussey not set to retire for days the card seems as solid as a rock.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | September 16, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    ICC Tech commitee reviews recommended 12 overs for 1 or 2 bowlers in an ODI.. CA and BCCI will be adopting these innovations, the dometic OD will now feature 1 or 2 bowling a max 12. id lke to see this in ODIs too, imagine the likes of Ajmals and Malingas bowling 12..a trump card for captains..

  • POSTED BY s.sreekant on | September 16, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    why this match wasn't telecasted,wld have been gud rather than watching d repeated t2o matches,wt hppn to star cricket,i was excited whn they announced tht ozz season starting early,bt it was disappointing to miss this.

  • POSTED BY lazysnoopy787 on | September 16, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Special aussie local rules where 2 bowlers can bowl 13 overs and 2 can bowl 12 overs. This is designed to give more batters chances to secure a spot in the team and exposure at top domestic level

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | September 16, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    @DeepakSarathy Bowlers are allowed to bowl up to 14 overs I believe, not sure why though. @anuani Steve Smith did do good today, but he has been tried many times internationally and has failed, he needs to play domestically, get older, he is focusing more on his batting now, hopefully we will see him in the future in a few years.

  • POSTED BY willharry on | September 16, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    In the Aus ODD the maximum a bowler can bowl is 13 overs, was the same last season. That, and two new balls increases the reliance on specialist bowlers over bits and pieces types.

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | September 16, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Hey, not enough was made of Mozzy's 78. He came out slugging and galvanized the NSW innings. Smith did very well but Henriques was the one who broke the heart of the WA bowlers.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | September 16, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    its a joke that the marsh bros arent in the t20 team when they are among the very best in the world

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @DeepakSarathy i would also be interested in knowing this. @anuani one innings doesnt make up for years of underproforming smith has allways been highly overrated and i think the australian public is tired of all the chances he has been given. he needs a full summer of high scores if he wants to make his way back into the australian team remember when Matty hayden was averaging 60 at the gabba and couldnt force his way into the team ? that is idealy where australia needs to get back to. Also i hope that the selecters lernt there lesson last summer about what happens when you pick a player on the back of one innings (shaun marsh scored big in one 20/20 recalled to the australian team for the indian team dosnt hit double figures for the series)

  • POSTED BY maddinson on | September 16, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Henriques' inning was a turning point of the match. Voges is out of form since August, only scrored around 50 runs in his last 10 innings. Smith's inning was a surprise, he hardly looked even a decent bat in international cricket though his fielding is just amazing. Disappointing performance by Maddinson and NCN in this match.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | September 16, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Mitchell Marsh again showing why he should be playing for Australia. Ditto for Steve Smith and Doug Bollinger.

  • POSTED BY DeepakSarathy on | September 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    how are the bowlers bowling more than 10 overs?

  • POSTED BY anuani on | September 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    steve should be in sl with the aussie guyzz

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  • POSTED BY anuani on | September 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    steve should be in sl with the aussie guyzz

  • POSTED BY DeepakSarathy on | September 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    how are the bowlers bowling more than 10 overs?

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | September 16, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Mitchell Marsh again showing why he should be playing for Australia. Ditto for Steve Smith and Doug Bollinger.

  • POSTED BY maddinson on | September 16, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Henriques' inning was a turning point of the match. Voges is out of form since August, only scrored around 50 runs in his last 10 innings. Smith's inning was a surprise, he hardly looked even a decent bat in international cricket though his fielding is just amazing. Disappointing performance by Maddinson and NCN in this match.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @DeepakSarathy i would also be interested in knowing this. @anuani one innings doesnt make up for years of underproforming smith has allways been highly overrated and i think the australian public is tired of all the chances he has been given. he needs a full summer of high scores if he wants to make his way back into the australian team remember when Matty hayden was averaging 60 at the gabba and couldnt force his way into the team ? that is idealy where australia needs to get back to. Also i hope that the selecters lernt there lesson last summer about what happens when you pick a player on the back of one innings (shaun marsh scored big in one 20/20 recalled to the australian team for the indian team dosnt hit double figures for the series)

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | September 16, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    its a joke that the marsh bros arent in the t20 team when they are among the very best in the world

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | September 16, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Hey, not enough was made of Mozzy's 78. He came out slugging and galvanized the NSW innings. Smith did very well but Henriques was the one who broke the heart of the WA bowlers.

  • POSTED BY willharry on | September 16, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    In the Aus ODD the maximum a bowler can bowl is 13 overs, was the same last season. That, and two new balls increases the reliance on specialist bowlers over bits and pieces types.

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | September 16, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    @DeepakSarathy Bowlers are allowed to bowl up to 14 overs I believe, not sure why though. @anuani Steve Smith did do good today, but he has been tried many times internationally and has failed, he needs to play domestically, get older, he is focusing more on his batting now, hopefully we will see him in the future in a few years.

  • POSTED BY lazysnoopy787 on | September 16, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Special aussie local rules where 2 bowlers can bowl 13 overs and 2 can bowl 12 overs. This is designed to give more batters chances to secure a spot in the team and exposure at top domestic level