Sheffield Shield round-up: Victories for NSW, Tasmania and Victoria

Cricket

New South Wales 373 (Hughes 103, Mennie 6-103) and 2 for 236 dec (Hughes 136) beat South Australia 207 (Copeland 5-63) and 269 (Ferguson 82, Cooper 62, Copeland 4-60) by 133 runs

New South Wales surged to victory in the final session to consolidate their position at the top of the table as South Australia lost their last six wickets for 25 runs having put themselves in a position to salvage a draw. Trent Copeland completed a magnificent match as he burst through the lower order to add to the earlier key scalp of Travis Head to finish with match figures of 9 for 123.

After losing two early wickets to be 3 for 46, a stand of 95 between Head and Callum Ferguson steadied South Australia before Head was caught at long leg after a juggle by Liam Hatcher. Then Ferguson and Tom Cooper added 103 for the fifth wicket only for the innings to unravel when both players fell to the short ball from round the wicket by Hatcher. Copeland then got back into the act before Nathan Lyon wrapped up the victory by trapping last-man Lloyd Pope lbw.

Tasmania 390 (Webster 187, Paris 5-90) and 5 for 235 (Doran 63, McDermott 54) beat Western Australia 371 (Green 158*, Rainbird 5-77) and 253 (Paris 93, Ellis 6-86) by five wickets

Tim Paine was in the middle to guide Tasmania to victory as they chased down 235 to overcame Western Australia after Joel Paris had fallen seven runs short of a dramatic maiden first-class hundred. Paris had never passed fifty before, but added 64 for the last with Simon Mackin to lift Western Australia towards what could have been a defendable total. He was eventually bowled by Nathan Ellis who finished with 6 for 86 on his first-class debut.

Tasmania’s chase got off to a poor start as they lost Jordan Silk for a third-ball duck and at 3 for 60 Western Australia had a good chance. However, three consecutive 50-plus stands from Jake Doran, Ben McDemott and Paine steered Tasmania towards their target before Beau Webster capping a fine match, where he made 187 in the first innings, with 29 off 18 balls to seal the win.

Victoria 9 for 330 dec and 8 for 208 dec beat Queensland 184 and 310 by 44 runs

Peter Siddle and Scott Boland took seven wickets between them as Victoria overcame a Joe Burns century and rain to secure a 44-run win at the Gabba. Burns and Lachlan Pfeffer had taken Queensland to 1 for 206 chasing 355 when Will Sutherland make the breakthrough with a brute of a delivery which climbed to take Pfeffer’s edge. Three overs later Burns was tapped lbw by Siddle to end a superb century and did not look thrilled with the decision.

Victoria took charge as Sam Heazlett and Max Bryant fell cheaply then Siddle pinned Nathan McSweeney lbw shortly before a length rain break. When play resumed Jimmy Peirson and Cameron Gannon kept Queensland’s hopes alive until Peirson was lbw to Matt Short’s off stump. Boland claimed Gannon and Brendan Doggett in the same over before shifted Xavier Barlett to clinch victory.

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