Tasmania v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Hobart February 7, 2013

Blues fight back after Ponting double-ton

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New South Wales 1 for 145 (Dawson 70*) trail Tasmania 6 for 425 dec (Ponting 200*, Krejza 118*, Hazlewood 3-76) by 280 runs

Ricky Ponting turned back the clock with an unbeaten Sheffield Shield double-century and his partner Jason Krejza made his second first-class ton as Tasmania piled on 6 for 425 before declaring on the second day against New South Wales in Hobart. In reply, the Blues reached 1 for 145 at stumps, with the former Tasmania batsman David Dawson on 70 and Tim Cruickshank on 37, and they trailed by 280 runs.

The only wicket to fall on the second day was that of New South Wales opener Scott Henry, who was caught and bowled by Luke Butterworth for 27. Earlier, the Tigers had added 115 to their overnight total for the loss of no wickets as Ponting and Krejza built an unbeaten 293-run partnership, comfortably breaking the Tasmanian seventh-wicket record of 215 set by Michael Bevan and Damien Wright in 2004.

Krejza finished unbeaten on 118 and it was his first Sheffield Shield hundred; his other first-class ton came for Australia A against Pakistan A in 2009. Ponting, 38, brought up his third Shield double-century with a quick single off Trent Copeland and that brought the Tasmanian declaration with Ponting not out on 200.

It took his Shield tally this summer to 555 runs at the remarkable average of 185, for he has been dismissed only three times from seven innings. Only Phillip Hughes (673) has scored more runs than Ponting in this Shield season.

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  • Luke on February 8, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    @Rooboy, not talking to you mate but yes, I did. All I am expressing is a wish that Punter was still good enough to play against them. I know he isnt.

  • Andrew on February 8, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @Chris_P - our man Copeland is at it again - with the bat! LOL!

  • Andrew on February 8, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    @bobagorof on (February 7, 2013, 23:06 GMT) - I sort of agree with your what you say, although I think BobCo was sort of saying - what if it was just the Saffa attack that could do that? They are faster than England & probably more skilled (man for man). I think he ultimately made the right decision - but I wonder would he have done it IF he knew Mr Cricket was going to retire so soon? I am with you 100% about Punter playing Shield, but IF you assume that Oz have plenty of pace stocks, then for Punter to be doing what he is doing atm, surely a part of you must wonder 'did he go too soon?' @DylanBrah on (February 8, 2013, 4:44 GMT) - unlike a lot of other younger batsmen - Maddinson seems to know how to score a ton. He just needs to tough it out a bit more often (IMO)).Helps that it would appear that the pitch has turned into a road where Krezja & Copeland have hit tons. == == == What is it with our bowlers scoring so many runs? Cutting, Copeland, Krezja, Hauritz......

  • Dylan on February 8, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Good to see Maddinson actually get some runs. There's been a lot of talk about him, but not much results wise.

  • Michael on February 7, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    BobCo: Ponting could have stayed on, and filled his boots against Sri Lanka. Then what? Go to India and then be shown up in the Ashes when he faces 140+ kph bowling again? To what end? Ponting is probably serving Australian cricket best right now by being in the Shield and raising the quality of that competition, and allowing other batsmen to find their feet at international level so Australia will have a settled order in 2-3 years.

  • Imran on February 7, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Such domination by Punter this Shield season. Really hope he stayed on!

  • Robert on February 7, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    No, the problem for punter in the SA series was the SA attack. You only need to look at how that saffa attack has made mincemeat of everyone since to realise Punter should've stayed on.

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Clear that what went wasn't Pontings head or technique, just his reflexes.

  • Nathan on February 7, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Go Punter you legend. @ webba84, not sure what your point is but uhhh, did you consider the possibility that probably the best bowling attack in the world might be slightly better than NSW's attack? Just a thought ...

  • Luke on February 7, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Ah Ponting, what happened in the SA series? It wasnt a problem of skill or form, clearly.

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