Blues atone for record defeat
New South Wales 358 (Clarke 78, Henriques 78, O'Keefe 74, Rimmington 4-70) and 2 for 108 (Nevill 65*) defeated Western Australia 217 and 248 (Davis 73, Triffitt 51, Copeland 4-57) by 8 wickets
It takes plenty of character to return to the scene of a grim defeat and erase its memory by notching a strong victory, and that is precisely what New South Wales achieved by defeating Western Australia in the opening Sheffield Shield match of the season.
In February the Blues were routed by an innings and 323 runs inside three days at the WACA ground, but this time it was the visitors claiming outright points with a day to spare, by the handsome margin of eight wickets.
Starting out with a deficit of 141, the Warriors' second innings was never likely to amount to enough once Trent Copeland had nipped out three of the first four wickets with only 68 on the board, Steve O'Keefe claiming the other in what was a strong allround display by the NSW vice-captain.
Liam Davis and the wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt held up the Blues for a time by adding 97, and Mitchell Johnson added 48 with Nathan Rimmington down the order, but a target of 108 was never likely to trouble the Blues provided they attacked the target with the right intent.
Peter Nevill provided the required aggression with a stroke-filled innings, and he was at the crease to post the winning runs in the company of the captain Michael Clarke, thus completing a highly productive week for the Blues after they also won the limited overs match against WA.
After one match, NSW now have as many outright wins as they managed for the whole of last summer, and will be confident entering their second fixture against Tasmania at Bankstown Oval from Wednesday.