New South Wales v South Australia, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Coffs Harbour February 28, 2016

Rohrer, Copeland seal five-wicket win for NSW

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New South Wales 211 (Carters 54, Hughes 32, Mennie 4-52, Worrall 4-48) and 5 for 267 (Rohrer 109*, Copeland 49*) beat South Australia 298 (Lehmann 122, Weatherald 58, Maddinson 2-10) and 177 (Head 44, Raphael 34, Copeland 5-62) by five wickets

Trent Copeland and Ben Rohrer's 120-run partnership sealed New South Wales' chase © Getty Images

Ben Rohrer's brave century and a vital supporting hand from Trent Copeland lifted New South Wales to a stirring fightback victory over South Australia in the Sheffield Shield match at Coffs Harbour.

Joining one another on the shaky ground of 5 for 147 in pursuit of 265, Rohrer and Copeland responded positively and proved impossible to dislodge for a South Australia bowling attack that had performed impressively up to that point.

New South Wales had trailed comfortably on first innings and it was Copeland's five wickets on day three that had helped round up the visitors for a mere 177 when they batted a second time, keeping the target within the realm of possibility.

So it was fitting that he was there to help Rohrer carry off the points, the left-hander playing with all the common sense and experience of his well-grooved game, which has rebounded strongly after a serious blow to the head early last season.

Rohrer's hundred and the match result were emotional times for the New South Wales players, in a fixture being played on the NSW north coast in memory of the late Phillip Hughes.

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  • Peter on February 29, 2016, 19:20 GMT

    @CodedSteve For some odd reason, he struggles to get into the Blues team, even though he puts in 100% & just about always delivers. The few games I see him, he places lots of pressure on the batsmen drying up one end giving his co-bowlers opportunities. Ask Northant supporters what they think of him, they loved him over there. I see some guys get dream runs whereas this guy doesn't.

  • Stevan on February 29, 2016, 11:58 GMT

    Great win, shame Copeland cant break into the test team, normally playing for the blues means you are a shoe-in ;-)

    RIP PH :) miss you

  • Phat on February 29, 2016, 2:20 GMT

    boys Copeland is originally from Bathurst where I'm from, he was a wicket keeper batsman when he left to go to st George and started bowling mediums in third grade, broke all sorts of records as he went through the grades. Jackson Birds return to the test fold might offer some encouragement - it's not all about pace. did really well for north ants a few years back in County too. hope he gets back to his best.

  • kieran on February 28, 2016, 20:54 GMT

    I'm sure Phillip scored more than a few of his 60-70 centuries in Coffs during his early years, a fitting tribute for his home state to pull off a good win.

    @Mervo, I think Copeland started out as an opening bat, didn't he? I'd probably trust him more than Marsh at 6. But yeah top class bowler injured at the wrong time, and suffered from our selectors' obsession with pace a few years back. Paris is looking like a brilliant prospect though.

  • Izmi on February 28, 2016, 20:38 GMT

    What's happened to Trent Copeland who toured with the Australian cricket team to Sri Lanka in 2011 and bowled so well to help win the series 1-0? He has never been seen or heard ever since. He could be the ideal bowler for subcontinent conditions such as the T20 cricket world cup and the tour to Sri Lanka in July.

  • Merv on February 28, 2016, 9:58 GMT

    Copeland is the forgotten man of Australian cricket. Bowls all day long and has a first class bowling average 25. He should be ahead of Paris, Boland and all the other aspirants. Perfect replacement for Siddle.

  • Peter on February 28, 2016, 8:34 GMT

    Great effort from Copeland. RIP Hughsey.

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