NSW v South Australia, Sheffield Shield 2016-17, Sydney, 2nd day March 8, 2017

In-form Cowan strikes another century

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New South Wales 4 for 333 (Cowan 125*, Maddinson 70, Henriques 54, Patterson 52) lead South Australia 229 (Ferguson 75, Carey 56, Cummins 4-57) by 104 runs

File photo - Ed Cowan scored his third hundred in four games © Getty Images

Ed Cowan's dominance of the Dukes ball in the Sheffield Shield continued as he plundered his third century in four matches to help New South Wales into a strong position at stumps on the second day against South Australia in Sydney. Cowan ended the day unbeaten on 125, with Peter Nevill on 1, and the Blues had cruised along to 4 for 333, already holding a 104-run advantage over the Redbacks.

In the first half of the Shield season, before Christmas, Cowan did not manage a century against the Kookaburra balls, but since the Dukes have been introduced in the second half of the campaign he has made 212, 0, 115, 51* and now 125*. In this match he came to the crease at first drop, with the score on 1 for 82 after Daniel Hughes fell for 26.

Opening the batting in his first Shield match following his axing from the Test side and subsequent time away from the game, Nic Maddinson flew to 70 from 60 deliveries before he was caught behind off the bowling of Daniel Worrall. But Cowan had plenty of support from Kurtis Patterson (52) and Moises Henriques (54) as the Redbacks struggled to make inroads.

South Australia had started the day on 5 for 169 but added only 60 for the loss of their final five wickets. Callum Ferguson failed to add to his overnight score and was caught off Pat Cummins for 75, before Alex Carey chipped in with 56. Cummins finished with 4 for 57 in his first innings of Shield bowling for nearly six years.

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  • Chris_P on March 8, 2017, 18:56 GMT

    @Jono_M. I want Zampa to succeed as well, it is good for Australian cricket, but he is nowhere near close to a test call-up, & those advocating for him can't see that picture.

  • Jono_M on March 8, 2017, 11:38 GMT

    @Chris, to be fair to Zamps, he is not going to improve if he only has the chance to play a couple of shield games every season. I hope they don't now do the same thing to Swepson too and cart him around on lots of tours with no actual thoughts about playing him. Not easy being a spin bowler in our domestic ranks.

  • GoodAreasShane on March 8, 2017, 10:15 GMT

    As much as another South Australian batting collapse annoys me, it is good to see Cummins bowling well. Hopefully he can stay fit for a while now.

  • Chris_P on March 8, 2017, 9:44 GMT

    Went down and saw about an hour & half. MoHen was smoking them, trying to go for quick runs in the end. Saw a bit of Patterson & he looked really smooth, he really needs to convert those starts though. As for Zampa, anyone who recommends him for the test team either has never seen him bowl or is clueless about cricket. Gives up 1 or 2 boundaries every over. The Indians would feast on him, they would finish his career. He has learnt nothing in his time away, nothing. How he got all those wickets last game staggers me.

  • annoyedofit on March 8, 2017, 9:03 GMT

    Maddinson moved to his most successful position and scores runs. Who's the dingbat who moved him to the middle order

  • Jono_M on March 8, 2017, 9:00 GMT

    Ed is dominating the shield now, pity he isn't better known for an ability to play spin! Might also be a bit old by the time the next ashes tour rolls around? Still, I'm sure NSW are more than happy to have him on board full time and there's always the chance of a call up in case of injury if you are clearly the form man at the time.

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