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New South Wales and South Australia search for their first victory
South Australia will win the match
Tournament: Sheffield Shield | Format: FIRST-CLASS | Venue: North Dolton Park, Wollongong, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Sheffield Shield has been one of the elite first class tournaments in the Australia domestic circuits. New South Wales and South Australia are currently at the bottom 2 positions of the points table. New South Wales were lucky to end their last match with a drawn result with bad light stopping the play. South Australia lost their last match against Tasmania after a draw in their opening match. Both teams are yet to win a match this season and will look to win this match.
New South Wales scored 246 & 256 in their 2 innings in the last game. Moises Henriques put on a fighting 99* runs in the second innings which helped them to overhaul the opposition total and secure a lucky draw. Mathew Gilkes and Sean Abbott made fifties to lead their team`s first innings top a total of 246 runs.
Their bowlers were taken for 477/6 in their first innings. Sean Abbott took 3 wickets while Tremain, Jason Sangha, and Nathan Lyon chipped in with a wicket each. Ben Dwarsius picked up 4 wickets in the first match but did not take any wickets in this match.
KEY PLAYERS: Sean Abbott, Moises Henriques, Kurtis Patterson
Daniel Hughes, Blake Nikitaras, Kurtis Patterson (c), Jason Sangha, Moises Henriques, Matthew Gilkes, Baxter Holt (wk), Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbott, Chris Tremain, Nathan Lyon
South Australia scored 227 & 252 runs in the last match with their lower order scoring most of the runs. Ben Manenti (59 & 85*) made twin half-centuries in No.8 & No.9 positions. Jake Lehmann (73 runs) and Jake Weatherland (52 runs) made half-centuries in the last match. Their top order needs to stand up and post big scores to help their team post a big total.
Wes Agar picked up five wickets with a crucial 4/34 in the first innings. Harry Conway, Jordan Buckingham, and Ben Manenti picked up 2 wickets each in the first innings while the latter two chipped with a wicket in the second innings. Their bowlers fared well in the first innings but failed to defend the total in the second innings.
KEY PLAYERS: Ben Manenti, Wes Agar, Alex Carey
Jake Weatherald, Henry Hunt, Jake Carder, Travis Head (c), Jake Lehmann, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Ben Manenti, Wes Agar, Harry Conway, Jordan Buckingham
North Dalton Park is expected to favoring the pacers more and the overcast conditions will further make life difficult for the batters here. The weather will improve as the match progresses with days 3 & 4 being sunny and clear.
North Dalton Park will only host this match this season and the average score in the first innings here is just 248 runs. And this ground as hosted only very few matches and a drop-in pitch might aid the batters more.
Both captains will opt to bowl first in this match as the cloud cover is expected on Day 1. New ball will be very difficult to bat on the fresh pitch with a tint of grass.
New South Wales batters have fared better in the last match when compared to their bowlers who have struggled to bowl out the opposition in their last game. They have 4-5 players scoring fifties in the 2 matches with no player yet to make a big score. South Australia fought very closely in the first 3 days of the game and their bowlers failed to repeat their first inns heroics in the second inns as they failed to defend the total. We expect South Australia to win this match owing to their better bowling unit.
South Australia will win the match
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