NSW v SA, Ryobi Cup, Sydney

Maddinson, Zampa roll Redbacks

Daniel Brettig at the SCG

February 14, 2013

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New South Wales 8 for 264 (Maddinson 85, Cruickshank 61, Richardson 6-51) beat South Australia 8 for 208 (Ferguson 78, Sandhu 3-50, Zampa 3-55) by 56 runs

Nic Maddinson cuts, NSW v SA, Ryobi Cup, Sydney, February 14, 2013
Nic Maddinson crashed seven sixes in an attractive innings for the Blues © Getty Images

Nic Maddinson, Adam Zampa and Gurinder Sandhu showcased their considerable talents to deliver New South Wales a bonus-point victory over South Australia's final aspirants in the domestic limited overs match at the SCG.

SA had entered the match needing to win one of two games over the Blues to guarantee their spot in the tournament decider, but were second best by a distance in Sydney, leaving them with it all to do in Sunday's return bout at Adelaide Oval.

For much of this summer Maddinson's best batting touch has deserted him, in keeping with a season that had the Blues well out of contention for the final before this match. But he was crispness itself for much of his afternoon innings, setting NSW on the path to a strong total.

After Sandhu's early incisions, Zampa kept SA's middle order quiet with his array of leg breaks and variations. He then snapped up the wickets of Johan Botha and Kane Richardson to ensure the visitors would fall short.

Richardson deserved better after plucking six NSW wickets in his 13 overs, another striking analysis to follow his premium purchase for this year's IPL. Callum Ferguson scrounged 78 but was afflicted by a groin problem, which may yet rule him out of Australia A's matches against the England Lions.

The Redbacks made a halting start to their pursuit when Tim Ludeman touched a Trent Copeland away swinger behind. Sandhu's bounce accounted for Michael Klinger and Travis Head, leaving Ferguson and Dan Christian to attempt a salvage operation.

Ferguson played neatly but was soon hobbling, and stands of 60 with Christian and 62 with Alex Ross were kept from blossoming fully by neat bowling from the young legspinner Zampa. The handicap of injury ultimately proved too much for Ferguson, who scooped Copeland to the NSW captain Ben Rohrer.

Richardson landed a few late blows, but Zampa's return brought his demise alongside Botha's, and the match petered out to the unedifying sight of SA's tail trying to bat out the innings. The final over of the evening was a maiden.

SA had made a decent start in the field, Richardson nipping out David Dawson before Scott Henry picked out deep midwicket when trying to swing Jake Haberfield for a boundary. However Maddinson and Tim Cruickshank would establish a strong union, pushing the Blues towards a staunch total on a pitch that played better than its dry appearance suggested.

Maddinson's first scoring stroke was a six cut cleanly over gully, and it would turn out to be a fitting start to an innings in which he cleared the rope seven times in all. Nevertheless this was not the innings of an agricultural basher, Maddinson's strokes played crisply and correctly, underlining the talent he possesses.

Having made a century in the Blues' recent Sheffield Shield win over Tasmania in Hobart, Maddinson's strong form was welcome, after he struggled badly in the first half of the season. In the end he was to fall short of a hundred here, bowled as he drew back to blaze at Richardson.

That dismissal brought a change to the tone of the innings, as Richardson surged into the hosts' tail with bowling of pace and accuracy. His rising fortunes contrasted with those of the legspinner Cullen Bailey, who was taken for 43 in four overs, including one of the batting Powerplay that went for 19 - an over Botha might have delivered.

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Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (February 15, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

Gurinder Sandhu sure has made an impression in his first few games for New South Wales. He is yet to make his first class debut but if he continues in this vein he could well be good enough to play for Australia. Sadly for him, we already have plenty of pacemen. If only he was a spinner then he wouldn't have to be half as good to get into the test team.

Posted by chicko_1290 on (February 15, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

I used to play with and against Maddinson and Zampa. Got Nic out a few times and pumped Zampa's bowling. I hope they get in the Australian side so I can live off their glory through the retelling of these stories.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 15, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

@Ken, I hear you mate. Zampa is a good prospect, but you don't just brush over 6 wickets.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

@Meety - Richardson bowled very well and is another promising up and coming quick. I really like the look of him. Sandhu started slowly but gained in pace and bounce. It was the first time I had seen Sandhu and he is rising star quick from the NSW nursery. @VivGilchrist - I sense the sarcasm about Zampa's three wickets to Richardson's six but you had to be there to see how he bambozzled both Ferguson and Christian who are class players. He constantly beat them in flight. That doen't demean Richardson's performance at all - anyone who gets six in a 50 over game must have bowled well.

Posted by Meety on (February 15, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

@Rabbito on (February 14, 2013, 11:47 GMT) - I believe Patterson's grade form has been woeful, & that is why he hasn't been sighted for NSW. I thought Maddinson has been mediocre for a couple of seasons, but he seems to know how to score a ton, so hopefully he can keep making starts & then convert more often. Agree re: Burns, but he threw his wicket away TWICE against WA recently (both to Agar I think), - he needs to get his head back down & start scoring runs as he now has to overcome the NSP's fascination for allrounders & their blind spot for QLD players. @Ken McCarron - how well did Sandhu & Richardson bowl?

Posted by Rabbito on (February 14, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

BTW, i've never actually seen Zampa bowl, but is he a turner of the ball? and does he have many variation deliveries?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 14, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Wow! Amazing! Zampa got 3 wickets! Just noticed that Richardson picked up 6. He's taken 11 wickets in his last 2 List A games. Has that been done before? People were knocking the selectors for picking him - he's obviously got something. But anyway, Zampa got 3 Wickets! Wow!

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (February 14, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

The first time I saw him was in last year's champions league t20. He didnt score much but did play some momentum changing cameos. He also seemed ready to use his feet, which is rare for an australian. If he rotates strike and gains some consistency in his game then he could be a good player.

Posted by azzaman333 on (February 14, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Maddinson had better not get anywhere near the Test team until he learns to rotate the strike better. Boundaries are nice, but against quality bowling lineups you have to find a way to take singles off good balls, because you won't get anywhere near as many boundary balls.

Posted by Rabbito on (February 14, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Finally some form for Maddinson! I'd been penciling him in for the comming ashes, but after the year his had, i think thats a little too soon. But he's definitely one hell of a player, just needs another shield season behind him. Him, Joe Burns and Kurtis Patterson are all players that's make the grade i reckon, out of the youngsters coming up. Zampa looks the goods too, another season or two of consistent shield appearances and he should fit straight into the team. (i hope!) he seems to have pretty good control and accuracy for a young leggie.

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