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

Smith and Bollinger help NSW win season opener

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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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  • Matthew on September 18, 2012, 3:13 GMT

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

  • Andrew on September 17, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Countdown on till the real cricket starts tomorrow!

  • justin on September 17, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Good to see Henriques finally scoring some runs.

  • Andrew 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!

  • Mathew 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.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    @jonesy Mitch marsh maybe but certanly not shaun marsh ?

  • Ryan 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.

  • Peter 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.

  • Andrew 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.

  • 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.

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