Western Australia v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 2nd day February 18, 2012

Blues humiliated by Davis and Voges

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 2 for 448 (Davis 230*, Voges 160*) lead New South Wales 91 by 357 runs

Western Australia could be on track for a colossal victory after Liam Davis and Adam Voges batted through the second day and left New South Wales totally demoralised. Davis posted his first double-century in first-class cricket and Voges was within sight of his best first-class score at stumps, as the Warriors reached 2 for 448, leading the Blues by 357 runs.

Davis was unbeaten on 230 and Voges was on 160 - his career best is 180 - and their partnership has ballooned to 343, the second-highest by any Western Australia pair against New South Wales. They added 290 runs for the loss of no wickets on the second day, a remarkable achievement after the Blues had been skittled for 91 on the opening day.

Davis moved to the top of the Sheffield Shield run tally with his third hundred of the summer, while Voges finished the day third on the list behind Davis and Victoria's Rob Quiney. The Warriors didn't miss their captain Marcus North, who had been sent for surgery after the first day due to a finger injury picked up in the field, and a declaration should come early on the third day.

Shane Watson continued his comeback from injury by bowling spells of four overs and by stumps he had 1 for 16 from 12, but none of his team-mates could boast figures that good. Watson was one of five bowlers in the New South Wales side to have represented Australia - the others were Trent Copeland, Nathan Hauritz, Steven Smith and Steve O'Keefe - but Davis and Voges made them look toothless.

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  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    One of the most humiliating loses in Shield history - 120 years... Worse lost by NSW in over 80 years... On paper the strongest batting line-up in SS... Biggest win in WA history... With NSW languishing near the bottom of the SS, this is a disaster for them & everyone associated with the team - management, selectors, coaches, fans... Well maybe next season will be better for them after failing to get anywhere in SS or Ryobi Cup - 2nd last in both comp's... Perhaps they could import some good interstate players... lol...

  • zenboomerang on February 20, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @Simoc... Yes agree - gets tiring listening to how great Steve Smith is at bowling (among the worst averages in domestic cricket) & catching (missed another this match which could have changed the game)... Hauritz, O'Keefe I think are good bowlers & the pitch didn't help them early in the match - still with Watson, Copeland, Lalor, O'Keefe, Hauritz, Smith being experienced bowlers you would expect more than just 3 wkts in the whole match...

  • Meety on February 20, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    @Blakey - the trick for Davis is to keep scoring 100s & 50s. He c;learly has not done that often enough in the past, hope this is a case of a young player realising their potential.

  • Blakey on February 19, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    So, if Liam Davis is not in the class of our test peripheral batsmen and he makes 200+, where does that leave these 2 promising efforts from Watson? Add to that Daniel Christian's perfomances and it's a hard row to hoe for Mr Watson.

  • Winsome on February 19, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Gizza, that's a bit nasty. Haddin is the only oldish player in the NSW camp. The oldest of the others is 31. Just a whole stack of decent players out of form at once, that's what it is.

  • Simoc on February 19, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    So spinners Hauritz, OKeefe and Smith managed 1 wicket in three days and Beer picked up 7 in a couple of sessions. I think NSW fans are clean out of excuses. Strange those people who quote averages. A bit out of touch it would seem.

  • Gizza on February 19, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Impressive performance by WA. A strange combination of pensioners, technically flawed cricketers and blokes with massive inexperience for NSW. I'm surprised nobody has trotted out the line "It is much harder to be brought on the flat, turning SCG and adjust to higher bounce that it is to practise on the WACA and then adjust to lower bounce" considering we hear that all the time in the context of international cricket! I'm don't actually believe in that necessarily but thought it would be the perfect excuse O'Keefe uses when he talks to the media (if the media does cover Sheffield Shield).

  • sanj747 on February 19, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Just checked the score for NSW and they are 6 for 88 in the 2nd dig. Haddin has got a pair in the game. Not deliberately focusing on Haddin but this should settle the issue that he has been dropped rather than rested. Seems a straightforward decision. Have also watched Ponting fail again. With Clarke due back in Ponting must be dropped if performance is the key to making team selections as per Mickey Arthur.

  • dummy4fb on February 19, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    @Winsome, there is no excuse for the batting, and I'd forgotten that Lee no longer plays FC. As I said, a good effort from WA. They will deservedly go on to win this match.

    @Mari2619, averages can be misleading. Liam may well be taking his game to the next level, but his average will take a while to catch up if he is.

    Another factor that wasn't mentioned is that the attack is a bunch of spinners, on the WACA pitch. Not their favoured environment. Go with your best bowlers sure, but it's the best bowlers for the conditions too.

  • Mikecricket on February 19, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Great stuff from Western Australia!

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