NSW won their second match against WA in the Sheffield Shield after limping to 96 for seven and victory at the SCG.WA won the toss and opted to bat first having been forced to field first in the last round- they made a rather modest 216. Hilton Cartwright hit 59 building on his 80 from the previous week, but it was Ashton Turner who shone for WA- making 81 off just 102 balls down at number eight. Steve O’Keefe and Will Somerville worked well for NSW- O’Keefe taking 5-65 and Somerville 4-61.
NSW built on their bowlers good work to build a total of 298 in their own first innings to give them a lead of 82. It was Nic Maddinson who took the limelight for them with a stunning 116 which including ten fours and two sixes, though Kurtis Patterson made 60 runs to add to his century in the last round. Ashton Agar then bowled a mammoth spell of 36 overs but he was rewarded with 6-110, and Jason Behrendorff helped him clean up taking 4-83.
WA made just 177 in their second innings to set NSW 96 to win. Michael Klinger made 50 for the visitors, and Agar and Turner both passed 30, but no other batsmen made a meaningful contribution. Somerville again starred for NSW taking 5-65, to give him nine in the match. And O’Keefe weighed in again with three scalps, and big Doug Bollinger picked up 2-40.
NSW made a real hash of their chase- losing both openers with the score on 36- Somerville for 23 and Daniel Hughes 13. Ed Cowan and Patterson then steadied the ship somewhat to take the score to 75, but then Behrendorff removed Patterson and NSW suffered a collapse which almost lost them the game.
After losing five wickets for 19 runs, they eventually limped to 96 for seven to wrap up a three wicket victory, despite Agar’s best efforts as he took another four wickets to give him career-best match figures of 10-141.
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