New South Wales v South Australia, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Coffs Harbour February 25, 2016

Lehmann ton rescues South Australia

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New South Wales 1 for 31 (Hughes 10*, Sandhu 8*) trail South Australia 298 (Lehmann 122, Weatherald 58, Carey 48) by 267 runs

Jake Lehmann's 148-ball 122 included 14 fours and a six © Getty Images

Jake Lehmann reeled off his third century of the summer as a young South Australia side held their own against New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield match at Coffs Harbour.

Following Lehmann's hundred, Joe Mennie was able to dismiss Ed Cowan cheaply before stumps were drawn. Cowan was returning to the team after he missed their draw against Western Australia in Perth due to the after-effects of a blow to the helmet inflicted by a Joel Paris bouncer in Lincoln.

The match is being held on the NSW north coast in memory of the late Phillip Hughes, and Lehmann marked it with a swashbuckling left-hander's century as part of a concerted Redbacks counterattack that followed the loss of three early wickets.

SA's selectors had been the subject of considerable debate in Adelaide after the decision to drop the experienced but underperforming Tom Cooper and Tim Ludeman.

Their replacements Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey both made strong contributions. Opener Weatherald made a sprightly 58 while the gloveman added 105 with Lehmann after the visitors had slipped further to 5 for 123.

Another youngster, the second-game seamer Cameron Valente, helped add further runs with Lehmann, allowing the Redbacks to reach the fringes of 300.

Arjun Nair, the teenaged finger spinner who became the Blues' 738th first-class cricketer and 11th youngest debutant, claimed a pair of tail-end wickets to help round up SA's innings.

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  • Graham on February 26, 2016, 21:53 GMT

    Jono Makin: I agree and reckom young Lehmann will have to go through a tightening up period as well. He is a honeymoon period at the moment. Im a South Aussie and love nothing more to have a Lehmann in the test side but I have watched quite a few Sa games and at some stage he is going to need to tighten up hos offside game much like Fergusson has done to become a test prospect. However his stats are outstanding and he may be an exception.

  • Jayaesh on February 26, 2016, 14:21 GMT

    @ JONO MAKIM : I am immensely flattered even though i am a bloke :P, it surely must be the name.... yes i agree with your theory concerning young batters batting more fluently.. BTW are you still in touch with the other Anshu ??

  •   Jono Makim on February 26, 2016, 7:44 GMT

    @Shaggy076, I would put that down to them all maturing as batsmen and looking to tighten up their games a bit, they needed to do that. Voges was only averaging 40-41 at FC level 3 years ago, he's never had any problems scoring runs though and he does it all around the wicket. @Anshu, I think if a batsman is struggling to score runs fluently at FC level than the pressure put on them by even better bowling at test level is going to make it very hard for them, that is all, it is not an elaborate theory by any means. By the way, I met an Indian girl by the name of Anshu last year, she was a flight attendant and a lovely person she was too, must be the name!

  • Sharyn on February 26, 2016, 6:57 GMT

    Doesn't matter who makes how many runs. Our top 5 is settled and going well. There won't be a spot available at least for the next 1-2 years more than likely.

  • Graham on February 26, 2016, 3:02 GMT

    JOno Makin: How do you explain the emergences of Voges and even S Marsh and Fergusson is another one, who all in the last couple of years have significantly dropped their scoring rate but increasing their averages significantly.

  • hayden on February 25, 2016, 22:13 GMT

    with jake lehmann and bancroft both making tons, the competition is heating up for the next test batsmans spot. dunk also making 70 odd not out on day one, surely the selectors cant even consider picking another new south welshman with these 3 putting their hands up!!! @Naylor Smith that was the saddest part of the phil hughes incident the man had turned it around and was about to storm back into the test team and flourish!!!

  • David on February 25, 2016, 20:28 GMT

    You are right Jono. Ian Chappell has always said that to succeed at the next level, you not only need to score runs at the lower level, but to dominate bowlers at that level. It's not foolproof though - some people who score fast in grade cricket particularly are 'Cowboys' - full of good shots but defensively too loose to succeed at a higher level. On the current bloke, Lehmann's certainly doing everything right. Scoring runs when your side is struggling - and the Redbacks are usually struggling - rates highly too.

  • Your_average_ on February 25, 2016, 16:54 GMT

    Travis Head continues to frustrate me with his below par performances. How could he secure a deal in county cricket with an average of just barely 30 when there are so many more talented

  •   Naylor Smith on February 25, 2016, 15:33 GMT

    @JONO MAKIM Yes I have seen plenty of batsmen who perform in domestic cricket but fail at international stage for example Phil Hughes. He was one dimensional offside player who struggled at short bowling and no runs on leg side and struggled against spin but Jake Lehmann is good player of short bowling and plays well against spinner although he is also a good offside player like Hughes. I was impressed with his batting i saw his whole innings but he needs to work on his leg side game little more to be successfull to play country.

  • Jayaesh on February 25, 2016, 14:50 GMT

    As an Indian i am obviously delighted to see young Aussie cricketers with subcontinental background getting chances in Shield cricket. @NAYLOR SMITH : I have read that the young lad (Nair) can also bat a bit . @JONO MAKIM : You put forth a very interesting theory that youngsters who score there runs frequently tend to or are better suited to make the step up to the next grade, could you please elaborate ...

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