Western Australia’s perfect winning streak in this years JLT Cup came to an end after the Redbacks crawled over the line by five runs in a high scoring affair. On the other side of the fence, nothing much has changed for the CA XI other than having won a game unlike last year, but they still find themselves at the bottom of the standings.
Staring down the barrel at another bottom-placed finish in the one-day cup, the CA XI are in danger of taking out back-to-back wooden spoons which might lead to a reassessment of their position in the competition. I understand that it’s more of a development squad, but the blatant truth is that they aren’t up to standard with the other teams which makes for a lopsided-affair when they come up against the other state sides. Their previous result pretty much sums it up, a team (Tasmania) who has been last for the majority of the tournament managed to crush the CA XI by a convincing 114 runs. There was consistency all-across the board from the Tigers batting line-up, skipper George Bailey and Alex Doolan inflicted most of the damage which saw the total skyrocket past the 300-run mark. Only one out of CA XI’s seven bowlers managed to keep his economy under six against the Tigers, the rest went for a considerable amount once again. The tactic to bowl seven or more bowlers each game hasn’t worked as Beau Webster would have liked, apart from that first game against South Australia it has backfired significantly. Queensland seamer Mark Steketee has easily been their most effective wicket-taker, yet he didn’t appear in the CA XI’s last match which was a questionable omission if not an injury concern. Lastly, their batting has been one of the most frustrating headache-inducing viewing you’re ever likely to see, the word “consistency” simply doesn’t exist. The likes of Jake Carder, Max Bryant and Beau Webster have all racked up some impressive scores, but at the same time have all gone missing in crucial matches where they were desperately needed. The rest of the batting is an ominous blur which hasn’t really fired a shot, thankfully this is the CA XI’s last game of the fixture, the bad news is it’s against the top team.
Easily the best performing team in this years JLT Cup, Western Australia are in a commanding position and have a golden opportunity to defeat the bottom team and take outright-first position on the standings. Their four-game winning streak was finally broken by a rampaging Callum Ferguson & South Australia who have had some pretty disappointing losses in the tournament, but credit to them as they challenged the Warriors right up until the last over which saw them creep over that white line. In saying that, there were still plenty of positives to take out of the match for the Warriors, the most notable of them were the centurions Michael Klinger and Mitchell Marsh. They just keep getting better & better as the tournament progresses, Klinger posted back-to-back centuries in typical Michael Klinger fashion and Western Australia’s skipper Mitchell Marsh finally broke the shackles and got that innings he was waiting for, clobbering a strenuous-124 off just 101 deliveries as the big-hitting all-rounder went to work with some almighty heaves to & over the rope. This is a team that hasn’t relied on just one or two constant performers, they’ve had a handful of players who have delivered on a number of occasions and will only get better with the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis all available to play with Australia’s tour of India finished. If the Warriors do choose to bring a majority of those guys back, they will almost be a near-certainty to make it all the way to the final in Hobart. What a tournament it’s been for Western Australia, Shaun Marsh has been in scintillating form with the bat, Michael Klinger and Mitchell Marsh have clicked into gear and Cam Bancroft remains a solid contributor at no. 3, now they could be getting back four International players!
Players To Watch…
Clint Hinchcliffe – Has featured in all five of the CA XI’s matches in the tournament, not the most consistent but has certainly done enough to hold his spot in the side. He scored 40 & picked up two wickets against Tasmania.
Charlie Stobo – In the side as a specialist seamer, but has done a great job down the order with the bat with two 20+ cameos. Stobo managed to take economical figures of 1/32 against the Tigers.
Beau Webster – His input has significantly-decreased as the tournament has progressed, is yet to take a wicket and hasn’t made anything significant since that 121 against SA. the CA XI skipper needs to stand up!
Harry Nielsen – One of the CA XI’s most promising prospects, Nielsen has more than proven his worth in this team with some bold performances with the bat, the most impressive of them being 94 against Victoria.
Michael Klinger – Against a side that concedes 300+ totals on a regular basis, the experience of ‘Maxy’ Klinger might well haunt this young side for quite some time, he’s coming of consecutive centuries as well.
Shaun Marsh – This is a game that should be dominated by the two Warriors openers, Marsh has already scored a whopping-380 runs in this years JLT Cup with at least two more games to come.
Marcus Stoinis – With the tour of India done & dusted, Marcus Stoinis could play a major part in the Warriors JLT Cup ambitions. A very handy bowling option with the ball and a prolific scorer with the bat on his day.
Jason Behrendorff – Headlining the news outlets in Australia after he tore-apart India’s top order in the second T20 – taking 4/21, Behrendorff will be raring to go against a vulnerable CA XI outfit.
Top 5 fantasy picks | CA XI | JLT Cup | 20th match | North Sydney
- Clint Hinchcliffe
- Harry Nielsen
- Charlie Stobo
- Jake Carder
- Henry Thornton
Top 5 fantasy picks | Western Australia | JLT Cup | 20th match | North Sydney
- Michael Klinger
- Shaun Marsh
- Jason Behrendorff
- Mitchell Marsh
- Jhye Richardson
CA XI (possible) – 1. Jake Carder 2. Max Bryant 3. Beau Webster (c) 4. Clint Hinchcliffe 5. Param Uppal 6. Harry Nielsen (wk) 7. Ben Pengelley/Jonathan Merlo 8. Henry Thornton 9. Charlie Stobo 10. Jackson Coleman/Mark Steketee 11. Daniel Fallins.
Western Australia (possible) – 1. Michael Klinger 2. Shaun Marsh 3. Cameron Bancroft (wk) 4. Mitchell Marsh (c) 5. Marcus Stoinis 6. Ashton Turner/D’Arcy Short 7. Hilton Cartwright 8. Jhye Richardson 9. Matthew Kelly 10. Jason Behrendorff 11. Simon Mackin/David Moody/Andrew Tye.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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