Western Australia v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, 1st day, Perth February 10, 2011

Honours even as Pomersbach, Lyon shine

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South Australia 1 for 15 (Smith 10*, Klinger 4*) trail Western Australia 324 (Pomersbach 82, Lyon 4-81) by 309 runs

Consistency in batting from Western Australia and a similar effort from South Australia's bowlers ensured that honours were even at the end of the opening day of their Sheffield Shield encounter at the WACA. Luke Pomersbach top-scored for the hosts with 82 and was backed up by steady contributions from the rest of the line-up, particularly the lower order, to set up 324.

However, the South Australia bowlers kept chipping away at the home team despite the batsmen getting starts and threatening to build substantial partnerships. Pomersbach added 71 with captain Marcus North, and 44 with Adam Voges but lost both to the offspin of Nathan Lyon, who, on first-class debut, finished with four wickets. Tom Beaton, Luke Ronchi and Michael Beer fell within a space of 18 runs but Nathan Coulter-Nile (46), along with No.10 and 11 Ryan Duffield and Michael Hogan, took the score past 300.

For South Australia, Lyon was supported by the seamers, Rob Cassell and Jake Haberfield, who shared five wickets. In their response, the visitors lost opener Daniel Harris early and ended the day on 15 for 1.

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  • David on February 13, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    I want to know who in their right mind thought it was a good idea to play O'Brien and Christian as Number 5 and 6 bats. As much as I see thier value in the short forms of the game, in a 4 day match 2 extra batsmen would have been more useful. Their grand contribution for the game has been 4 runs from 4 innings and 1/130 with the ball. The people coming up with these decisions have been as much a problem for us as Sorrell was and now we are back where we belong BOTTOM. We lost this game before a ball was bowled.

  • Warrick on February 11, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Is is just me or are we preparing poor pitches domestically....cos it doesn't seem there are too many batsman around the country playing long innnings? 82 the highest score & a heap of unconverted starts is similar to the ozi batting in the Ashes & test cricket in general lately. Have they lost the hunger? Playing too much cricket? Nice to see both teams fielding 'youthful' squads and Mick Lewis is hopefully passing on his knowledge from the sidelines. Seems there are a lot of good young spinners around the country, hope they are well 'managed' for our future and don't get caught in the current spin cycle.

  • Andrew on February 11, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    @Neil Hunt - well maybe your 5yo could be in line for a call up soon! @GlinnMgraw - also he is technically an International player too. Some sportsman have to sort themselves out before they sort their sporting selves out I guess! @ PlayingItStraight - I would prefer he be given some time to develop with (Murali?) & Warney before thrown in the deep end. I still think Oz missed the boat years ago not developing the 2 Sth Ozzys Dan Cullen & Cullen Bailey. I know Dan Cullen looked the goods to me about 7 yrs ago I think. Where is he now?

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Well, I'll be taking my 5yo tomorrow to watch the game, and am looking forward to seeing the young offie in action, although I'd rather see us get off the bottom of the ladder. Carn WA!

  • Ralph on February 10, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Have to agree with @GlinnMgraw ... Lyon obviously has talent, but he needs to perform consistently and continue to develop over the rest of this season and into the next before he should come into calculations - although Michael Beer only played 5 first class games before his call up so you never know.

  • King on February 10, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    I hope so, Meety. Pomers averaged over 45 in his first season, IIRC...

  • John on February 10, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    I know it does seem early to call it, but just watching him bowl, you get the feeling there's something about him. He's one of the most aggressive offies I've ever seen, turns the ball a great deal for a finger spinner, has great pace variation and gets nearly all of his wickets by deceiving batsmen with flight. Add that to the fact that he's only 23, and the selectors seem to have gone off the only other test quality spinner in the country (Hauritz), and I can't really fathom a reason for him not getting a go in the Aussie side.

  • King on February 10, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Steady on there Witty, he's only played a few T20 matches. But, yes, if he continues like this for the rest of the season, and next season, I suspect he'lbe our main spinner.

  • Andrew on February 10, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    BTW - I wonder if this is a turning point in Pomersbach's career, this unit has talent, but he appears to have issues!

  • Andrew on February 10, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    @Something_Witty - I think he'll play for Oz soon - because it will be his turn soon! LOL! 4 wickets on debut + his T20 form is pretty good going. I wonder how close he was to going on the plane to India???

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