WA v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Perth, day three September 20, 2012

Blues atone for record defeat

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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.

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  • Peter on September 21, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    @Nick Henderson I guess that was a gee-up. There are plenty of back-ups to cover Clarke. Smith had an off game, his game has improved a lot last season, we have young Patteron in the wings, various players available from the T20 squad, all in all, as long as the group dynamics remain positive, it shoudl be a much better season that last year. S. Marsh....... a long way to go to get back into the selector's eyes, a long way. @Meety, Moises has a bucket load of talent, is it very frustrating watching him get starts & failing to go on with it. As high as I rate SOK, Moises, I feel, is far the better bat, but oly my thoughts.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Nick Henderson, true enough, Clarke made a telling contribution in the first innings but he failed in the one day game this week and NSW were good enough to win that on the back of Smith and Henriques' batting. No doubt they're a better side with him but I think you're being a bit harsh.

  • John on September 21, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Certainly life will be more difficult for NSW when Clarke leaves to fulfil international commitments but I think that it's safe to say that they would have won this game without him. At least jonesy2's claims about S Marsh being the best #3 in the world were vindicated. ;-)

  • Andrew on September 21, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    @Nick Henderson - a long tail? There is only one batting bunny in the NSW line up (v WA), & that was Bolly. Copeland & Hazlewood are technically very capable, & SO'K @ #8 has an FC batting ave in the mid 30s. (Personally I would have SO'K above Henriques in the batting line up)!

  • Warrick on September 21, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    The blues- Off to a good start, already as many outright wins this year as last. Hopefully last season is well & truly buried now. I like Neville opening the batting as I think someone needs to put pressure on the current Test openers to perform. Hopefully he can have a good season.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Take Michael Clarke out of NSW batting line-up, all of a sudden an extremely long tail ... will be a long summer for the Blues !!

  • David on September 21, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    The great part for the Blues was that every one of the XI contributed. Smith got a duck but took 4 catches. I'm told Haddin kept well although he failed with the bat. Everybody else got runs or wickets, or both. Now, just keep performing.

  • Andrew on September 21, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    Rimmington had a great match in a losing team. Neville keeps scoring runs & Copeland & Henriques had good games.

  • Peter on September 20, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Great start. Go the Blues!!!

  • Martin on September 20, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    * Liam Davis

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