WA v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Perth, day one September 18, 2012

Blues round up Warriors for 217

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Day one New South Wales 0 for 2 v Western Australia 217 (M Marsh 67, Bollinger 3-55)

If New South Wales did not quite erase the scar of being bowled out for 91 on the first day of the corresponding match last season, then the rounding up of Western Australia's batsmen for 217 was a sound start to their bid for a victory to start the Sheffield Shield for 2012-13.

Led for the first time in a Shield match by Australia's captain Michael Clarke, the Blues bowlers made the most of their leader's successful call at the coin toss, limiting the Warriors to 3 for 61 at lunch then chipping away across a rain-speckled afternoon despite the efforts of Mitchell Marsh and Adam Voges (44).

Scott Henry and Peter Nevill, fit again after missing Sunday's limited overs match with food poisoning, then survived 1.5 overs without loss before bad light called a halt to play.

As he had done in the one-dayer, Doug Bollinger returned the best figures for NSW, though it was an ensemble effort as Trent Copeland, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Hanriques and the spinner Steve O'Keefe all contributed.

The wicketkeeper Brad Haddin claimed a trio of catches behind the stumps as lateral movement and outside edges accounted for three of the first four wickets, Marcus North upset to have given away the other when he hooked at Hazlewood and offered a catch to Bollinger at fine leg shortly before lunch.

Marsh's afternoon innings was a patient follow-up to the 78 he managed in the one-day match, but he and the rest of the bowlers will now have to redouble their efforts on day two if they are to regather the ground lost by the batsmen.

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  • Andrew on September 19, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    @Chris_P on (September 18 2012, 22:04 PM GMT) - I agree 100% re: Copeland. Even though he is a right hand seamer, I think he adds variety with his lack of pace & ability to extract bounce. He is not much slower than ANY of the Pommy "quicks" & Saffas aside, they have done well in England. Also in India (which is coming up soon), India have a plethora of seamers who are about the same speed as Copeland & they are good at home. Based on a solid (if unspectatcular) SL series abroad, I definately would have him on tour. The great thing about him is, he looks like a bloke who could bowl unchanged ALL DAY & still be as dangerous in the 45th over as the 1st! (slight exageration)!

  • Andrew on September 18, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Stoked to be talking about real cricket! @Ben1989 - didn't see any of the game but read the commentry on cricket.com, Copeland seemed to be getting them all to play & miss. Marcus Harris had a sound knock, but he played & missed quite a bit. It will be interesting to see whether this is a low scoring match or not, which put some perspective on things. @Moppa - I would say 26 innings is more plausible, which is basically 2 years. The only way I would make an exception is, if he was batting in the top 4 in ODIs for Oz & doing well (say 40+ ave). @jeauxx on (September 18 2012, 13:40 PM GMT) - I think there is a 2nd spinning spot up for grabs on the India tour next year. If it is a given (hope it is), that Lyon has one spot, a left-handed offie who could bat #7 (Wade #6), might be a genuine option? (Not a fan of Beer yet, but I think Holland & Boyce MUST be considered too)! @Winsome - I agree re: MMarsh. He couldn't of played for other reasons, but in the long run, Shield is more important

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    @ Dashgar Patterson will probably get more of a run when Clarke & Haddin return to the Australian Squad

  • Peter on September 18, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    This was a great comeback after last season's disaster. I was cringing at many of our home games last season, but the signs are looking much better for this season. @Meety, you know how highly I rate Copeland, but to me, he is down the pecking order for home games, but one of the first 3 quicks I would pick for the sub continent & England. Totally agree with Marsh, but he needs to converts these starts to be getting to that point.

  • Lou on September 18, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I watched a fair bit of the live stream and was impressed by Bollinger. He'll be solid as for NSW if he stays at state level. All the NSW bowlers kept fairly good lines and length, very much a team bowling effort. And Mitch Marsh played a committed innings with some fine driving and very smart shot selection. Keeping my fingers crossed that he can maintain the discipline this season as he didn't hit the ball in the air very much at all. It's difficult to remember that he's still only 20. Wonderful that he's not at the T20 World ruining his technique. He's too young to get completely sucked into that format.

  • Joe on September 18, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Agree Meety, plenty of good things to come out of today. O'Keefe took a couple, which is more than can be said about most of his efforts last season. I think all of Australia is rooting for Mitch Marsh. I don't think he's in for a look in the Test side as long as Ponting and Hussey are there, but he's young and exciting.

  • Guy on September 18, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @Meety, I agree, 40 has to be a pass mark for Test contention, irrespective of his bowling ability. We might be waiting a while though. Some quick sums: it would take him 52 completed innings averaging 50, 26 averaging 60 or 15 averaging 75 (representing essentially a Shield season of over 1100 runs with plenty of not outs or innings victories) to get his average up to 40.

  • Bryn on September 18, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    by the way, steve okeefe just keeps quietly getting wickets. he has to be seriously put into the ODI team

  • Bryn on September 18, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    yeah mitch needs to keep the form up and have some huge spells at the crease then he can be very much in line for test selection right now his batting average is a least half as high as it should be given his immense, rare talent

  • Tim on September 18, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Yeah great start to Mitch Marsh's season. 2 fifties, let's see if he can produce with the ball as well. NSW's young attack looks alright. Would like to see them find a place for young Patterson in the batting though. Hopefully we keep seeing a tough contest with high quality cricket. Especially from the youngsters

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