With South Australia pushing for a spot in the top three, the bottom-placed Tasmania are still looking to register their first win with three-consecutive losses in the tournament.
Able to clinically dispose of the highly-rated New South Wales Blues, the Redbacks turned up to play some inspired cricket on the day which proved to be to much for the opposition. Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey did no damage to his Ashes chances with a fluent-60 which saw him pepper the boundary as his scoring outlet. It was double the trouble at the top of the order for South Australia as Jake Weatherald cashed in on a lifeless-pitch and notched up his second one-day century in domestic cricket. Carey & Weatherald opened the innings with a 100-run partnership which set the Redbacks up for a considerable total from the outset. After seamlessly gaining control of the match early, New South Wales were able to get back-to-back wickets through Nathan Lyon who toppled over Ferguson and Cooper in the 23rd over. A rampaging-Alex Ross walked to the crease and sent the run rate hemorrhaging from the word go, dispatching anything he liked the look of as the short boundaries and road-like pitch did the bowlers no favors whatsoever. It was a hitting-clinic from Ross, smashing seven fours and seven sixes in his 85-ball 110 which pretty much sealed the deal for South Australia. Seamer Joe Mennie was once again the star of the show with the ball for the Redbacks as he picked up a four-wicket haul as the rest of their wickets were spread between the rest of the attack. It’s a high possibility that South Australia could be marching into second position tomorrow, they’re a big chance against the winless-Tigers. Despite the teams success, Redbacks skipper Callum Ferguson continues to struggle with the bat averaging just 10.33 for the tournament. South Australia are also set to welcome back their star quick Chadd Sayers who was the leading wicket taker in the 2016/17 Sheffield Shield for the Redbacks.
Tasmania’s horror-tournament continues after they were defeated a third-consecutive time by Western Australia with relative ease. Maybe they’re not a fan of playing in Perth, or maybe this group of players aren’t functioning together as well as they thought, whatever the case may be they need to find a resolution fast. The Tigers will welcome back star wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade who returns from India and will play the remainder of the JLT Cup for Tasmania. Apart from his first JLT Cup game against the Blues, Ben Dunk hasn’t fired a shot since with scores of 1 & 0. This is a major concern for the Tigers, Dunk is their forceful-striker who tends to gain a lot of momentum for Tasmania through his quick scoring, but they haven’t had that luxury as of yet. Alex Doolan is just about on the chopping block and could lose his spot as soon as tomorrow against the Redbacks, he’s managed just 14 runs in his three outings for the Tigers at no. 3, all of them have been single-digit scores as well which is almost what you’d expect from a tail-ender. What has saved Tasmania from going completely under would have to the performances from the likes of Jordan Silk, Ben McDermott and captain George Bailey who have all contributed a hefty amount of Tasmania’s runs in the tournament. Silk managed an impressive-80 against the Warriors, pairing up with Tom Rogers as the two put on 93 runs for the seventh wicket, avoiding being completely humiliated as they crawled over the 200-run mark at the end of their innings. The return of James Faulkner didn’t really impact the result, he was one of the Tigers only wicket takers but failed to impact the scoreboard with the bat, scoring a mediocre 5 off 42 balls.
Players To Watch…
After starting the JLT One-Day Cup wicketless against the CA XI, Redbacks spearhead-Joe Mennie has been the competitions most effective bowler since. Mennie picked up 5/36 against the Bulls and followed it up with another strong performance against New South Wales, taking 4/53 on an extremely flat pitch that gave the bowlers very-little to work with. Arguably the weakest team in this years JLT Cup, Tasmania should be next on Mennie’s hit list in terms of bagging big hauls with the ball. You know you’re going well early in your career when you’ve notched up more centuries than fifties, and that’s exactly the case for South Australian opener Jake Weatherald who managed to score his second century in one-day domestic cricket against a classy-New South Wales bowling attack. Some would argue the wicket was flat and didn’t offer anything to the bowlers, a fair argument but the batsmen still had to face Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott and Nathan Lyon who are all big-time wicket takers. Alex Carey is also one to look out for, but Weatherald’s scoring ability is a lot higher and seems to have that natural-poise as an opening batsman. Equaling AB de Villiers record for the most runs scored in a single over, Alex Ross was always going to produce something special given the amount of X factor this man possesses! He’s dynamic in the field, but he’s a freak with the bat and resembles Glenn Maxwell in certain areas, Ross put on a show at Hurstville Oval with some major striking that had to be seen to be believed. Don’t rule him out of something similar against the Tigers.
Although there are plenty of inform batsmen around him, Ben Dunk is an absolute freak of nature when he starts winding up with the bat. With this upcoming match being played at North Sydney, Dunk should be licking his lips given he’s played some memorable innings here, the best of them being his unbeaten 229 against the Bulls. He’s found it hard to get set in recent times, but don’t be surprised if he turns his form around in this one. It’s vital that James Faulkner makes an impact in this match, he’s probably in Tasmania’s top echelon of players and has been known to win matches single handedly. If Faulkner can pick up three wickets or above, the Tigers will be in with a chance, he’s taken eight four-wicket hauls in his domestic one-day career. Part two of his all-round capabilities revolves around the fact that he’s known as “the finisher”, probably relating to the fact that he saw Australia home against England in the most unlikely circumstances with a phenomenal batting display, Faulkner has been renown for getting his side across the line batting down the order. Yet to make a century but looking like a long term prospect in domestic cricket, 22-year-old Ben McDermott could really make his mark on this small North Sydney ground. McDermott fell just three runs short of his maiden one-day century in Perth against Victoria, this time around there’s a lot more scoring options including the short boundaries on either side of the wicket.
Top 5 fantasy picks | South Australia | JLT Cup | Match 12 | North Sydney
- Jake Weatherald
- Joe Mennie
- Alex Ross
- Alex Carey
- Chadd Sayers
Top 5 fantasy picks | Tasmania | JLT Cup | Match 12 | North Sydney
- Jordan Silk
- Ben McDermott
- James Faulkner
- Ben Dunk
- Cameron Boyce
South Australia (possible) – 1. Alex Carey (wk) 2. Jake Weatherald 3. Callum Ferguson (c) 4. Tom Cooper 5. Alex Ross 6. Jake Lehmann 7. Cameron Valente 8. Joe Mennie 9. Chadd Sayers 10. Michael Cormack/Tom Andrews 11. Daniel Worrall.
Tasmania (possible) – 1. Ben Dunk 2. Ben McDermott 3. Matthew Wade (wk) 4. George Bailey (c) 5. Jordan Silk 6. James Faulkner 7. Charlie Wakim/Simon Milenko 8. Tom Rogers 9. Cameron Boyce 10. Sam Rainbird/Andrew Fekete 11. Riley Meredith.