NSW v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 2nd day March 11, 2011

Warner and Marsh strike maiden centuries

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New South Wales 5 for 248 (Warner 114, Hughes 54, Coulter-Nile 3-75) trail Western Australia 382 (North 158, M Marsh 111, Cummins 3-111) by 134 runs

David Warner's maiden first-class century has kept alive New South Wales' slim hopes of hosting the Sheffield Shield final. The Blues need full points from their match against Western Australia to have any chance of hosting the decider and at stumps on the second day, they were 5 for 248 in reply to the Warriors' 382.

Warner fell late in the day for 114, the first breakthrough for the debutant fast bowler Matt Dixon. At the close, Steve O'Keefe was yet to score and Ben Rohrer had 1, and the Blues needed another 135 runs to take first-innings points.

Phillip Hughes made 54 and was the first to depart, one of three wickets for Nathan Coulter-Nile, who also picked up Phil Jaques (13) and Simon Katich for 1. Nic Maddinson chipped in with 44 before he was run-out by Mitchell Marsh, who earlier in the day had become Western Australia's fourth-youngest centurion.

Marsh, 19, beat his brother Shaun by 54 in reaching his maiden first-class ton and he finished with 111, a strong contribution in his 248-run stand with Marcus North. The Western Australia captain North made 158, while the teenager Pat Cummins had the best figures for the Blues, with 3 for 111.

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  • Meety on March 12, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    @hyclass re: "Its hard to rate western australian runs in this game." This IS an issue in the modern Shield environment. If you consider Smith - he had an average of over 60 in 1st class cricket BEFORE becoming a Test player. Struggling at the moment to get to 30 now, early days for Khawaja, but once upon a time a Shield average of 50 meant you'd probably average close to that (slightly below), in Tests. I think Oz cricket NEED the Stuey Clarks of cricket to stay playing for a few years (give them special central contracts). I am sure if a young bloke can knock off a ton after being worked over by Stuey they are the real deal. I think the only thing I'd change is - bring in a NT team playing out of Darwin. Not only would it be more likely to unearth Aboriginal talent (anyone following the AFL or NRL know what I'm talking about). Also the pitch there is a bit "sub-continental" & so spinners would get more of a go. I applaud SA for giving Bailey AND Lyon ago where's D Cullen????

  • Meety on March 12, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    @hyclass - pretty well spot on re: Hughes & Marsh brothers. That being said I think that the younger Marsh is the more talented (stats don't back that ... yet). Neilsen has got to go, the whole Ozzy attitude during the Ashes sucked. It seems that according to Nielsen, because we don't have McGrath, Warne, Hayden & Gilly & co, we need to throw away the Ozzy way & grind out wins in tests. The Poms (particularly when Finn & Broad were bowling), bowled a lot of short crud outside off stump & was let thru to the keeper. The classic was Watto in Sydney - 1st innings he was slower than a wet week, eventually got out & had not much to show for it, 2nd innings (after Clarke said bugger it lets go down swinging), he actually rattled Strauss & the bowlers - & it was against the run of play he got out. Oz cricket = aggressive cricket. It does not equal a timid wait & see IF the other side wilts & makes mistakes.

  • hyclass on March 12, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Fortunately,we live in an age when the more emotional members of the community have to answer to hard facts.A look at the statistics of the Marsh brothers will reveal that,far from being close to quality national players, they are very modestly performed first class players whose records suggest that they are lucky even to make the state sides.Neither score consistently or even quickly.They have only the Marsh name to recommend them.For those of us who remember what a very average test player their father was,thats never going to be enough.Let them serve their apprenticeship like everyone else.Phillip Hughes at 22 is already the holder of a number of batting records including the youngest player in 130 years of test cricket to score a century in each innings of a test.He also has twice as many first class hundreds as the Marsh brothers combined.He joined the team with a first class average of 61.After 3 tests he averaged 68 and was a star.Nielsen changed his batting and ruined his game

  • Something_Witty on March 12, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    I often wonder why there is so much criticism of Phil Hughes. It really just seems like the ultimate tall poppy syndrome. A young guy is super successful for a period, then experiences a slump and suddenly he's "worthless, has no technique and will never be a success and should never play for Aus again"??? That's just ridiculous. Hughesy is class and anybody who thinks players like Warner and Cosgrove should be in ahead of him need to pinch themselves REALLY hard. Warner is finally showing promise in the test arena after a long time of being typecast as a slogger but has a long way to go, and Cosgrove is quite OBVIOUSLY not committed enough to play for Aus. He can't even maintain a proper fitness level to suit state cricket, how the heck would he succeed at international level??? Steve O'keefe and Trent Copeland are also hugely impressive (O'keefe just keeps getting better and better), and should be tried out at the top level sooner rather than later.

  • Rajeev129 on March 12, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I hope Aus selectors will never prefer Phil Hughes. instead they should try to pick Marsh(both brothers), warner, cosgrove...

  • hyclass on March 12, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Its hard to rate western australian runs in this game.The entire NSW attack had a grand total of 26 first class games between them coming into this match.They were basically a two bowler team-hence Copelands'22 over marathon.Copeland reminds me of the old fashioned english professionals.He doesnt have much pace-around 130-135km/h- but is deeply impressive in the way he extracts wickets and limits runs.Steve O'Keefe is equally impresssive.His bowling is top class,containing runs and taking wickets.His batting is also versatile and reliable.Hard to believe these two arent playing test cricket.Warner has finally added a better rythm to his often spectacular but brief batting.He could be anything.After his appalling treatment by Nielsen and Hilditch,its good to see Hughes finding his game again.His choices were to bat their way and make no runs or bat his own,make runs and not be selected.North has hard hands and far too many movements at the crease to be consistent.I dont rate his game.

  • Wozza-CY on March 11, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Great to see both teams playing youthful squads and even better to see the younger brigade doing well. With his all round skills M.Marsh would be an asset to any team, Coulter-Nile continues to show promise as does Cummins. Warner has real designs on being a test player and on recent form you would think he is on track? Copeland is an absolute machine & if that's not a test bowler I don't know what it is! Opening spell of 22 overs! Always has a good economy rate & hopefully he keeps his speed up as well. Also realy good to see some 'big' scores from individuals & teams.

  • jonesy2 on March 11, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    um who says there is a problem with australian cricket? this stuff is ominous for the rest of the world...

  • Something_Witty on March 11, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    M Marsh, David Warner, Nic Maddinson, Pat Cummins, Phil Hughes. These are just a FEW of the young guys from TWO of the six sides in our domestic comp. - And people say Aus has no young talent?! Good to see North making some runs. There is still hope for him to play for Aus again if he can do a Simon Katich and become a more consistent run scorer in 4 day cricket. I wish him all the best.

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