Victoria v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne March 7, 2013

Blues lead on 16-wicket day

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 6 for 201 (Maddinson 76, McKay 3-51) lead Victoria 128 (McKay 41, Sandhu 5-31, Hazlewood 3-39) by 2 runs

Victoria risked losing their place atop the Sheffield Shield table with a horrid batting display that allowed New South Wales to forge ahead after day one at the MCG.

The Bushrangers slipped as low as 9 for 79 before Clint McKay and Fawad Ahmed pushed the innings up to a still paltry 128. The young pacemen Gurinder Sandhu and Josh Hazlewood enjoyed themselves against the Bushrangers' shaky batting, sharing eight wickets between them.

Regular wickets also fell when the Blues batted, but Nic Maddinson put space between the teams with a fluent innings that featured one moment of rare quality - a cover driven six from the bowling of McKay, who nonetheless produced the most naggingly accurate display for the hosts.

Maddin's innings was ended only by Ahmed, again compelling in a seven-over spell that was both tidy and wicket-seeking.

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  • Andrew on March 9, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @BrendanCarter- there has been a few articles about Fawads great deeds since coming to Oz. "..Fawad`, is a genuine World class, bowler..." - I don't like the push to fast track him in the Oz side YET. Worth noting (although not neccessarily a great comparison), SO'K outbowled him in this match!

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    We have the bowlers, Australia could fill two teams with bowlers, now Gurinder Sandhu, has put his hand up. I have followed his progress, through the Aussie juniors, Under 19`s, now state Cricket, Sandhu is a future star. Then we have Fawad Ahmed, what an awesome bowler he is, but what most people in world cricket do not know, he has been coaching and nurturing young Cricketers, in Melbourne, since he settled in Melbourne. His bowling has improved so much in Melbourne, bowling on up to 15 different turf wickets, Fawad`, is a genuine World class, bowler, his wrong-un is unplayable.

  • Andrew on March 8, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    @Rabbito on (March 7, 2013, 21:13 GMT) - Maddinson is a big dissappointment (so far). His debut ton he tonked the bowling, I think he is a batsmen that's growth has been retarded by 20/20 cricket. For a bloke with his talent, his FC average needs to be about 10 runs higher! As for Sandhu, I have seen some readings in the high 130kph - not this game though. I just think he has really been so unfazed by the rise in standard he faces. I would consider him to be very close to the ODI side already!

  • Lester on March 7, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    @Meety - I agree, he does look very good, hes got a nice smooth action too. what pace does he bowl at, do you know? i havn't picked up on that. I'm a big fan of Nic Maddinson too, but it seems that this year, hes just been trying to smash the ball every time he goes out to bat, dunno why hes going like that....T20?