New South Wales v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Lincoln February 6, 2016

Nevill helps New South Wales stave off defeat

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 402 and 5 for 155 (Nevill 69, Paris 4-37) drew with Western Australia 491

Peter Nevill scored an important 69 ahead of the Test series (file photo) © Getty Images

Australia's wicketkeeper Peter Nevill warmed up for the Test series in New Zealand with a patient half-century to help New South Wales play out a draw with Western Australia in Lincoln. Nevill scored 69 in the second New South Wales innings and Joel Paris picked up four wickets before the match ended with the Blues on 5 for 155, with a lead of 66 runs.

The day had started with New South Wales on 1 for 11 and they soon lost nightwatchman Nathan Lyon, who was lbw to Paris for 3, and Kurtis Patterson, who was bowled by Paris for 21. Ben Rohrer's dismissal for 20 gave the Warriors hope of running through New South Wales in time to push for victory, but Nevill and captain Nic Maddinson shut things down effectively.

Their partnership added only 75 runs but most importantly used up more than 50 overs as they frustrated Western Australia's attack. Nevill was eventually bowled by Paris for 69 from 210 deliveries but the Blues had done enough, with Maddinson finishing unbeaten on 26 from 165 balls and Trent Copeland on 2.

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  • kieran on February 7, 2016, 4:57 GMT

    I know he's young and only played a handful of FC games, but Paris just looks the real deal. He certainly should've enjoyed greater opportunities against India, and I would've had him in the squad for the NZ tests, he compares well with Bird & Sayers (who deserve their selection), and he looks a class above Boland & Richardson to me.

    Top knocks from Nevill (the test gloves are his for the next 5 years) & Maddinson (great to see some dogged application with a broken thumb, the boy is definitely growing).

  • Terry on February 6, 2016, 14:10 GMT

    Would have been nice to see Joel Paris get the ODI chances that Boland has. Think he is the more likely prospect.

  • Izmi on February 6, 2016, 12:47 GMT

    I thought Joel Paris bowled very well in the ODI's against India and looked very impressive. He looked a very talented young cricketer and a definite prospect for the future but suddenly seems to have disappeared into oblivion. Hope the selectors haven't abandoned him just yet and have earmarked him for the future in test cricket. He has felled former Australian opening batsman Ed Cowan with a nasty bouncer in the Sheffield match against NSW Blues which proves that he has plenty of speed and could be very lethal. Australia needs young fast bowling talent like Paris to reinforce their depleted stocks due to recent retirements and injury.

  •   Jono Makim on February 6, 2016, 8:53 GMT

    Good stuff all round. This is what I like so much about Neville, I feel there are probably still a lot of people unsure about him but he has a strong game awareness and the ability to do what is necessary, fine cricketer, I think he will be a big part of the test side for the next five years.

  • Nathan Williams on February 6, 2016, 6:51 GMT

    You forgot to mention Maddinson was batting with a broken thumb, it was a gutsy innings.

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