The Sheffield Shield for 2017/18 got underway on Friday with South Australia hosting New South Wales at the Adelaide Oval.
South Australia elected to bat first and their attempts were less then impressive, as Trent Copeland led New South Wales with 6-24 as they dismissed the Redbacks all out for just 92.
New South Wales put on an impressive 242 total on with David Warner leading with 83 runs from 139 balls. After an impressive JLT One-Day Series Nic Maddinson fell for just five runs after being clean bowled by Daniel Worrall.
South Australia showed a bit more promise in their second innings putting on a total of 206 with Jake Weatherald leading the charge with 71 runs. Mitchell Starc wrapped up his man of the match performance taking eight wickets as he looks to get firing for the upcoming Ashes Series.
New South Wales didn’t have much to do as they won the match by six wickets, with Maddinson falling for a duck in the second inning.
Western Australia opened the batting against Tasmania and put on an impressive 323-run total with half centuries from Shaun Marsh and Hilton Cartwright with scores of 63 and 61 respectively. Jackson Bird led the bowling charge as he took 4-61.
Tasmania fell short of the total left by Western Australia after they were bowled out for 231 with Jake Doran making 54 before being ran out.
Mathew Kelly took the most wickets grabbing four in his 17 overs. WA then went on to declare after making 272 runs, as Bird added two more wickets to his total also. Simon Mackin and Nathan Coulter-Nile led the bowling charge both taking three wickets each as they bowled Tasmania all out for just 63 claiming there first win of the season by 301 runs.
Queensland and Victoria finished off the round with Queensland starting off batting. Scott Boland and Chris Tremain led the bowling attack with four wickets a piece whilst Usman Khajawa added to the 166-run total with 40 of his own.
The Bushrangers fell just short of Queensland’s first innings total being bowled out for just 148 with Aaron Finch contributing 41 of them. Brendan Doggett also took four wickets in Queensland’s first bowling attack of the season.
In the second innings the Bulls were much more impressive putting on a total of 311 thanks to a century from Khajawa (122). The partnership of Boland and Tremain again shared three wickets each whilst Peter Siddle added two of his own.
Queensland were just too good on the day overcoming Victoria after they were all out for 219, Tremain added to his impressive bowling by top scoring the batting with a total of 47 but it wasn’t enough as Wildermuth took 4-41 as Queensland eased to a 110-run win.