WA v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Perth, day two September 19, 2012

Blues take points, build lead

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Day two New South Wales 9 for 358 (Clarke 78, Henriques 78, O'Keefe 74*, Rimmington 4-70) v Western Australia 217

A trio of substantial innings by Michael Clarke, Moises Henriques and Steve O'Keefe capitalised on the platform laid by the openers Scott Henry and Peter Nevill as New South Wales took control of the Sheffield Shield opener against Western Australia on day two at the WACA ground.

Henry and Nevill made only 39 and 34 respectively, but their contributions helped to blunt the new ball and allowed Clarke, Henriques and O'Keefe to play their shots and take the Blues to 9 for 358 in reply to WA's 217 on a day ended early by bad light.

Nathan Rimmington claimed 4-70 for the Warriors while Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Coulter-Nile also bowled handily.

They might have enjoyed greater rewards with a little more help from the field as several chances went down.

Henry was turfed by Adam Voges in the slips on six, and Clarke was dropped by Shaun Marsh in the cordon off the bowling of Coulter-Nile.

Clarke had to that point made only 42, and the innings was delicately poised at 5 for 151.

However from that moment the Blues took greater control, as Henriques and Clarke were not separated until the visitors were on the cusp of first innings points.

O'Keefe then made a doughty lower order contribution, and the No. 11 Doug Bollinger even had the temerity to attempt a reverse sweep off the left-arm spin of Michael Beer before the close.

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  • Andrew on September 21, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @bobagorof - Copeland pretty much proves that sheer pace is not everything!

  • Andrew on September 21, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    @Rahul_Ashok - you are 100% right, one game does not show anything, but as @Hippiantor said - his career stats in FC cricket are superior to Lyon. SO'K also has better bowling stats in FC & T20 cricket than Doherty. The thing that has puzzled most Ozzy fans is, back during the horrow-show that was the last home Ashes, SO'K was technically next in line (albeit with Hauritz), after Doherty to have a crack at the Poms. He had done relatively well with BAT & BALL against an England XI in Hobart. Out of the blue Beer gets selected (Merv Hughes said after his retirement from the selection panel said that SO'K was next in line), so it left many Oz fans confused. The usual bleating from overseas fans is that Oz have no spinners, but the reality is, SO'K is basically an "unused" talent who has built a fairly strong domestic record in a tough environment & SHOULD succeed if given an opportunity, I think last season needs to be considered as an outlier for many reasons!

  • Michael on September 20, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Congrats to Trent Copeland, putting a woeful last season behind him to pick up 6 wickets. Looking forward to a big season from both he and O'Keefe.

  • Luke on September 20, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @Rahul_Ashok, you're right one game doesn't show anything, but you might wanna check O'Keefe's overall stats. Then you should realise why he is highly rated by many.

  • Rahul on September 20, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    For those pushing for O'Keefe, one game doesn't show anything, he is well behind the likes of Lyon and Doherty in the spinners race.

  • Roo on September 20, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @Chris_P... re: Moey - I was semi-following the match while Moises was batting & its surprising that his highest FC innings is only 82... Really was hoping he got to 3 figures to get the bogey of his back... A great talent that has never clicked properly... Any idea why?...

  • Roo on September 20, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    @jonesy2... Don't know if I've ever replied to your comms ;) ... But agree, Coulter-Nile & Mitch Marsh would get a start in any team in Oz... Johnson is still a fine FC & ODI bowler... Adding Rimmington, WA have a good bowling attack... The difference in this match so far has been some poor fielding by WA & NSWs lower order really stood tall with the bat...

  • Roo on September 20, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @jeauxx... O'Keefe had some bad luck last season (split webbing) which restricted his bowling & batting, so yes, its great to see him back fit & playing well... If his form continues this summer, I would seriously like to see him go on the India Test tour in autumn - being a leftie he would be a good foil with Lyons RA offies... Dougies reverse sweep must have been sight to see - lol...

  • Peter on September 20, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Am totally enjoying the Blues resurgence under MC. This is why we follow & love the game of cricket. Last season NSW were woeful, pitiful, but look at the turnaround. Moises has so much talent, but it really does frustrate me when he doesn't go on with the job. A quality all rounder who should have progressed to the next level by now. here's hoping it all comes through for him. Marsh's bowling efforts were so-so, either he gets serious or just concentrate on his batting with a back-up style medium pace. O'Keefe played without any luck last season & was a solid performer without the stats to show for it, I am genuinely eager for him to continue is form. Go you good things!

  • Bryn on September 19, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Kirk Mackintoss is having an absolute laugh. WA has some of the worlds best let alone some of australia's best (NCN, MM, S marsh, north, beer)

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