NSW v WA, Sheffield Shield, Canberra, 1st day March 11, 2014

NSW skittle Western Australia for 82

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New South Wales 4 for 127 (Smith 48) lead Western Australia 82 (Hazlewood 4-14, Bollinger 4-28) by 45 runs

Doug Bollinger and Josh Hazlewood gave New South Wales the perfect start in their push to earn hosting rights for the Sheffield Shield final, skittling Western Australia for 82 on the first day of their match in Canberra. At stumps, the Blues had already taken first-innings points and were 4 for 127, leading by 45 runs with Kurtis Patterson on 18 and Peter Nevill on 6.

New South Wales and Western Australia both entered this final round of matches on 26 points, along with South Australia, meaning that victory in this game would guarantee a place in the decider and possibly the home advantage. Because the SCG will be unavailable for the Shield final due to a Major League Baseball game, New South Wales have nominated Manuka Oval as their alternative venue and they certainly began well there in this match.

Western Australia chose to bat but captain Adam Voges might have quickly regretted his decision as Hazlewood and Bollinger reduced the Warriors to 5 for 15 in the eighth over. The return of Shaun Marsh from Test duty in South Africa did not help Western Australia as he was bowled for a second-ball duck by Bollinger, meaning that since the Centurion Test, in which he scored a century, he has now made three successive ducks.

Nathan Lyon chipped in with two wickets and only two batsmen reached double figures for Western Australia, Ashton Turner with 25 and Jason Behrendorff, who finished unbeaten on 15 after Bollinger and Hazlewood wrapped up the tail to end up with four wickets each. In reply, New South Wales passed Western Australia's total two wickets down, with Steven Smith top scoring with 48.

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  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    To be fair to SOK only bowling one over, WA did only last 35 overs.

  • Android on March 11, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    @mitty2 agree 100% with your o'keefe statement, I think lyon is doing a good job in general but I believe o'keefe is a better slow bowler. add to that his handy batting and he could be our copy of vettori but hopefully being a better bowler in doing so

  • James on March 11, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    BradmanBestEver you clearly haven't seen Hazelwood bowl very often. When he gets it right he's as good as anyone going around in international cricket. He's still very young, solenty of time for him to develop. Given that Rhino never played for Aus till he was 29, it seems just a little premature to be writing off a 22 year old who has had injuries.

  • Guy on March 11, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    @Darren James, Behrendorf's figures may look tidy, but I was at the game in the afternoon and in my opinion he bowled too short. This allowed the players to leave a lot and navigate a tricky period, but also meant he didn't concede many runs. For a promising young swing bowler in helpful conditions, it was a disappointing performance. Hogan and Duffield were both clearly superior. I didn't see the WA innings and given the score I suspect there must have been more movement than in the afternoon. When I saw the game there was good carry and a little bit of sideways movement, but nothing extravagant. For those interested in Agar's progress, the two wickets were lucky and his first five or six overs were very ordinary, but later in the day he varied his pace and flight well, and showed a bit.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    I'm sure the pitch must have had a few demons in it for the early stages of the match. WA bowled out for sub-100 and NSW 1/19 from 20 overs. Even if it's flattened out now it must of really taken some batting. Steve Smith has played a hugely undervalued innings and should be disappointed to be dismissed after doing all the hard work and so should Maddinson, a man who should be desperate to be back in the Australia set-up. Both these men were not many runs from a lot of balls after getting through some extremely tidy bowling from Behrendorf and co. Very excited to see Patterson bat tomorrow after he got through to stumps, hopefully he doesn't follow the trend of young batsmen not being able to push on with scores over sessions and days. Nevill should also be looking to continue on with his impressive and potentially baggy green promising form. Behrendorf, Hogan and Agar will be the ones to watch with NSW hoping to push on to 400+ tomorrow. Should be good viewing.

  • Matthew on March 11, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Nice to get some top class cricket in Canberra - NSW should go on to win this now, and with SA struggling we could have the final here too.

  • Peter on March 11, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @Mitty2 - agree with you on the Hazelwood comment - and the S. Marsh implication - that guy may be a good team man and good bloke but he is not test standard

  • Hamish on March 11, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Lyon for once has taken wickets in SS... A good way for him to overshadow SOK (who's coming off an 11 wicket haul) is just to not bowl SOK in the first place! Conspiracy: because Lyon is playing and SOK is statistically the best spinner in the country, CA have instructed NSW to play SOK but not bowl him because that'll show too obviously their hatred for him. Not that I'd replace Lyon with SOK anyway, just think that they should always be selected in all test squads as they are head and shoulders the two best spinners in the land.

    2 other things: About time that Hazelwood lived up to his potential. Shaun Marsh lol.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Go the Blues ! The Shield is in the Premier State this year.

  • Eddie on March 11, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    marsh just keeps getting better and better! Poor old Steve only got 1 over!

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