NSW v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, SCG, 1st day March 14, 2013

Sandhu's four puts NSW on top

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 1 for 38 trail South Australia 182 (Botha 53, Sandhu 4-58) by 144 runs

Gurinder Sandhu's four wickets put New South Wales in a strong position against South Australia after day one of the Sheffield Shield match at the SCG.

The Redbacks are second on a tightly packed competition table, but struggled for traction on a well-grassed pitch in the face of Sandhu's bounce and Josh Hazlewood's economy, his 13 overs surrendering a mere 11 runs for the wickets of Callum Ferguson and Chadd Sayers.

Only South Australia captain Johan Botha made a score of note, punching a half-century to keep up his strong showing in the closing games of the season.

Left with 23 overs to face on a sticky, overcast day lending itself to swing bowling, the Blues lost David Dawson to the accurate Sayers, but Scott Henry and Daniel Hughes fought out the final hour to ensure their side can enter day two with plenty of confidence.

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  • Basil on March 15, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Sayers should be on the plane to England. He is in red-hot form, swings the ball, and would be devastating in England. Although, with our selectors .....

  • Andrew on March 15, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    & Sandhu bats better than NSWs top order! (ditto for SO'K & Copeland)!

  • Andrew on March 15, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    @John Verdal - interesting re: Silk, but from what I've heard Patterson has been pretty average in Grade cricket! == == == With NSW 6/108 - I think I want to revise my Shield prediction!

  • Andrew on March 14, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    @Thefakebook on (March 14, 2013, 18:46 GMT) - I've been waiting for him to have a quiet game, & I guess I'll to keep on waiting - it's not like he gets cheap tail end wickets either! @Chris_P on (March 14, 2013, 20:41 GMT) - I think we'll have to wait & see how the NSW innings pans out to see whether SA (& Botha), were par or not. The interesting thing is NSW are a GENUINE chance of making the final if they win outright here. Victoria are under the pump & the WA v QLD match may not get an outright result. I think there is a strong chance of a NSW v Tas Final with Tas hosting!

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    i cant believe nsw allowed jordan sillk to go to tasmania. he was outstanding in grade cricket in sydney and deserved to play first class cricket for nsw. they need to start giving opportunites to young players like patterson and adam zampa has been given very limited playing time. sandu has taken his opportunity with quality bowling.

  • Satish on March 14, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Gurinder Sandhu should go to England I think he can be a very successful test bowler like Vernon Philander!