Sheffield Shield round-up: Tasmania trounce NSW, Sutherland strikes thrice
A round-up from the opening day of the latest Sheffield Shield round as teams push to play NSW in the final
Tasmania 270 and 1 for 132 (Silk 67*, Doolan 47) beat New South Wales 195 and 203 (Patterson 46, Ellis 3-52, Rainbird 3-72) by 9 wickets
Nathan Ellis and Sam Rainbird first swung the game Tasmania's way, at home against New South Wales, and Jordan Silk and Alex Doolan put the finishing touches to the job, a nine-wicket win inside three days.
The win keeps Tasmania's hopes of making the final alive while Shield leaders NSW are looking shaky following a second loss in three games.
The day started with NSW on 3 for 105 in their second innings, just 30 runs in front. It didn't take long for their plans of setting Tasmania a big target to be dashed. Overnight batsman Daniel Solway added just five runs to his 36 before becoming the first to fall, and though some of the remaining batsmen got starts, Sean Abbott's 35 was the best on the day. Ellis, who had 6 for 43 in the first innings, returned 3 for 52, while Rainbird picked up 3 for 72.
The gave Tasmania a target of 129, and with Silk (67 not out) and Doolan (47) adding 101 for the first wicket, it took them only 40.3 overs to reach the target.
South Australia 214 and 4 for 80 (Head 32*, Sutherland 3-12) trail Victoria 292 and 6 for 320 dec (Dean 92, Maddinson 66, Agar 3-62) by 319 runs
Will Sutherland made big dents in South Australia's chase of a steep 399, picking up three wickets on the third evening to leave them at 4 for 80, still 319 runs adrift. The day started with Victoria, 79 ahead after the first-innings exchanges, add 265 runs to their total to get to a formidable 6 for 320 before declaring. Travis Dean and Nic Maddinson, the overnight batsmen, added 107 for the second wicket before Dean fell in the 90s for the second straight match, nicking a wide ball to second slip. Maddinson made 66, passing 50 for the fifth consecutive innings in Shield cricket. Victoria's middle-order all made swift contributions to allow skipper Peter Handscomb to make an aggressive declaration with 120 overs left in the match.
Sutherland justified the decision tearing through South Australia's top order, removing Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald and Callum Ferguson to leave them 3 for 32. Travis Head steadied with an unbeaten 32 by but lost Tom Cooper before stumps.
Western Australia 277 and 3 for 143 (Whiteman 53*) trail Queensland 496 (Street 115, Burns 93, Wildermuth 80, Kelly 5-85) lead by 76 runs
An unbeaten half-century from Sam Whiteman has given Western Australia a glimmer of hope of holding off Queensland at the WACA.
Whiteman posted his second half-century of the match, and his third in four Shield innings, as WA reached stumps on day three at 3 for 143, still 76 runs away from making Queensland bat again on the final day.
Earlier, Queensland piled up 496 with Jack Wildermuth posting 80 with ten boundaries to build a significant first-innings lead of 219. After a century from Bryce Street and 93 from Joe Burns on day two, the Queensland tail piled on the pain on day three with Wildermuth leading the charge. WA quick Matthew Kelly toiled away to collect 5 for 85 to bowl Queensland out for under 500.
Whiteman held firm late in the day. Jake Carder and Shaun Marsh made starts but neither could kick on while Marcus Stoinis was trapped in front by Mark Steketee for just 9. WA's form player Cameron Green helped Whiteman through to stumps but the pair face a monumental task along with the lower middle order to dig WA out of a hole on the final day.