New South Wales v Western Australia, Ryobi Cup, Sydney November 30, 2011

Copeland stars in New South Wales win

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New South Wales 5 for 198 (S Smith 57*, Nevill 55*) beat Western Australia 199 (Robinson 87, Copeland 5-44) by 5 wickets (D/L method)

Trent Copeland reminded Australia's selectors of his credentials with a five-wicket haul that set up victory for New South Wales in Sydney. Copeland was axed from the Test squad for the series against New Zealand, having toured in South Africa and Sri Lanka, and in his second match back for the Blues he picked up 5 for 44 to help restrict Western Australia to 199.

Copeland struck three times in his first three overs and the Warriors never fully recovered from their shaky start of 4 for 14. The opener Wes Robinson steadied things somewhat with 87 but his only serious support came from the fast bowler Nathan Rimmington, who was coming off his maiden first class hundred and scored 46 in an 89-run stand with Robinson.

The visitors were all out in their 49th over and didn't crack the 200 mark, hardly what the stand-in captain Luke Ronchi wanted when he chose to bat. The New South Wales chase was reduced to 198 from 46 overs due to rain and when they stumbled to 5 for 103 the hosts looked in danger.

But half-centuries to Steven Smith (57 not out) and Peter Nevill (55 not out) got the hosts home with 16 balls to spare.

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  • Andrew on December 1, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    Copeland was definately unlucky - but he got the same treatment as Pattinson, who got overlooked in Sth Africa because he carried the drinks in Sri Lanka. I back the selectors right to be concerned that Copeland didn't have much match practice. @Wozza-CY- Copeland DID bowl well in the List A game, however, he NEEDED the Shield match before it to find his groove. He went wicketless against a pityful WA in the 1st innings - came back well in the 2nd innings. I think he is primed for Belreive, & hopefully will be considered. @stuartk319 - I would of had Cutting in the side instead of Pattinson too! I think there is far more upside CURRENTLY in Cutting than Pattinson.

  • Stuart on November 30, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Copeland is unlucky alright. Except for Cutting with his Copeland like record, I've got a feeling the quicks in the Test team have been picked on look or promise, maybe they'll come up like Cummins did, we'll know by the weekend. Take nothing away from Copeland, but it is worrying how poorly WA are batting in the Ryobi Cup.

  • Warrick on November 30, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Not surprised By the way Copeland has responded to being dropped from the test team. He's not normally this successful in limited over cricket as the longer format suits him better, so he must be bowling well. Still can't believe he's not playing at the GABBA, hopefuly it won't be too long until he returns to the test team!

  • Randolph on November 30, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    you can put this pathetic lack of selection down to arthur and clarke. We've been set back 5 years because of these two.

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