NSW v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Sydney November 15, 2012

Blues fight their way into a lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 293 and 3 for 184 (Henry 78*, Nevill 54*, Hussey 2-16) lead Victoria 330 (Rogers 125, White 72, Starc 4-72) by 147 runs

Mitchell Starc did his prospects of an Adelaide Test call-up no harm with four wickets as NSW fought their way into the Sheffield Shield match with Victoria on day three in Sydney.

The Blues restricted Victoria to a first innings lead of 37 despite a century by the prolific left-hander Chris Rogers and 72 to Cameron White, before a sturdy partnership between Scott Henry and Peter Nevill pushed the Blues' lead towards 150 by the close.

Used sparingly at times during the Busharngers' innings, Starc showed his knack for wicket taking with the second new ball, defeating Rogers, White and the last man Louis Cameron.

Josh Hazlewood and Moises Henriques also bowled effectively, while Doug Bollinger was more threatening than figures of 0-70 from 20 overs suggested.

Batting a second time, NSW lost a trio of wickets for 11 runs after Henry and David Dawson had added 78, two falling to the useful part-time off spin of David Hussey. Despite the pitch showing signs of wear, Henry and Nevill then showed good sense to build the lead and set up an intriguing final day.

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  • Andrew on November 16, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    @bobagorof on (November 15 2012, 22:46 PM GMT) - at the risk of suggesting another teen prodigy - Kurtis Patterson?

  • craig on November 15, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    further to Sydneyump and bobagorof's comments, why is NSW playing 3 keepers (Neville, Dawson & Haddin), and not picking Kurtis Patterson? Or Rohrer for that matter?

  • Phil on November 15, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    @Beertijie you are kidding me mate, so you want Rogers to make his debut(I know he played 1 game already) at 36, that would be a joke, we want to bring the future batsman such as Hughes, Khawaja, Doolan in not dad's army. This is Roger''s first century for a long time in shield, you just don't give a baggy green for 1 century. Also take note that he was out caught behind(I was at the game) by Dougie but wasn't given out.

  • Michael on November 15, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Sydneyump: Agreed. Maddinson had a great debut season but has tailed off meekly since then. Meanwhile Ben Rohrer can't get a game.

  • Peter on November 15, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Whatever has happened to the much hyped Nick Maddinson? Hardly made a run for a long time now and from what I've seen more convinced of his own ability than the evidence supports. Time for NSW to stop finding child prodigies and look for batsmen who can deliver reliably when it is needed most.

  • Mashuq on November 15, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Great knock Chris Rogers. I'll sleep a lot more soundly if Cowan and Rogers become the established openers for the year 2013 than this tendency of persisting with Warner and Quiney. If the latter are still scoring prolifically after the 2013/14 Ashes then they can come back for Rogers. Hope Cowan's knock isn't a flash in the pan. Steady consistent openers are the basis of any team.

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