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    2 Day Story - NSW 2010/11

    Documenting my game as NSW on a 2-day trial of Cricket Coach 2011 (Because I'm way too cheap to pay for it).

    SA Abbott
    TJ Armstrong
    DE Bollinger
    NW Bracken
    MA Cameron
    B Casson
    SR Clark
    MJ Clarke
    BT Cockley
    T Copeland
    SJ Coyte
    L Doran
    PJ Forest
    BJ Haddin
    NM Hauritz
    JR Hazelwood
    MC Henriques
    JM Holland
    PJ Hughes
    PA Jaques
    SM Katich
    UT Khawaja
    B Lee
    NM Maddinson
    JM Mennie
    PM Nevill
    SNJ O'Keefe
    KA Pollard (T/20 Only)
    BJ Rohrer
    DLR Smith
    SPD Smith
    MA Starc
    DA Warner
    SR Watson
    A Zampa
    T van der Gugten

    Match One: NSW vs Queensland - Ryobi 50 Over Cup

    Line-Up: Hughes, Maddinson, Khawaja, Smith, Warner, O'Keefe, Nevill, Copeland, Holland, Starc, Hazelwood.

    Skipper O'Keefe won the toss and elected to bat in the first match of Season 2010/11. The great start from the skipper was backed up by Hughesy, belting 8 off Ben Cutting's first over. Debutant Nic Maddinson had no such luck, however, being trapped LBW by Cutting in the fourth over of the match to leave the Blues at 1-12. The ball hit Maddinson on the knee roll and appeared to be clearing the top of off stump, so the young man from the South can feel hard done by. In walked Usman Khawaja, fresh off an Ashes tour. He fell, like Maddinson, for 1, caught by Chris Simpson running back from mid off in what was a spectacular catch. Cutting had 2 even though he was bowling his usual rubbish.

    Steven Smith was next to go, falling for 4 at the end of the same over, skying the ball to Carseldine at cover-point. O'Keefe pulled rank and promoted himself ahead of Dave Warner, notching up a 50 partnership with Hughes by the 18th over. In the 21st, Hughes brought up his 50 with a typical off-side smash through the cover-point region, reaching the milestone off 59 balls in 71 minutes. O'Keefe quickly caught up, simultaneously reaching his half-ton and the century partnership in the 28th over. His 51 came off 57 balls faced.

    With the spinners Boyce, Symonds and Simpson bowling, the rate lifted higher. That was, until the young leggie caught Hughes in front for 85 with a well-disguised wrong'un. Pitching on leg, the ball turned back to hit him in front of middle and off. Hughes resigned himself to the dismissal, knowing it was plumb and nodding his head at the spinner. He was gone for 65, with the score at 4-132 off 30.2.

    Out walked the danger man, David Warner. The crowd rose, expecting big things, and they were sorely disappointed. First ball he attempted a wild slog over cow corner and ended up with off stump pegged back, leaving Peter Nevill to face Boyce's hat-trick ball. A tight leave later, the immediate threat of 3 in 3 was gone. Both men appeared comfortable throughout the next few overs, until a Laughlin ball nipped back off the seam and rattled Nevill's stumps. O'Keefe made it all the way to 95 until an average LBW decision made him Cutting's third victim, with the bowler not even bothering to appeal. Ben Dunk made enough noise, however, to convince the umpire to end the skipper's 2 hour vigil, leaving NSW reeling at 7/207. By the end of the 50 overs, 9/222 seemed to be a defendable score, given the dramatic opening overs.

    After the lunch break, Trent Copeland walked out fired up, knocking over Queensland's new recruit Michael Dighton on his third delivery. However, Hartley and Symonds notched up a quick 50 partnership to solidify their position, until Jon Holland, playing his first game for the Blues, bowled Chris Hartley for 27. Roy asserted his dominance past 50, until he holed out to Josh Hazelwood at cover off the bowling of Mitchell Starc. Reardon continued in Symonds' vain, belting his runs at better than a run a ball before he was caught behind off O'Keefe for 48, coming off 40 balls. The asking rate slowly dropped as Copeland and Hazelwood bowled out unsuccessfully, leaving O'Keefe and Starc to close the innings. Carseldine was caught at extra cover just short of his 50, with 8 runs required off 4 overs. With Ben Dunk having real problems with the spin and Simpson new at the crease, NSW still had some slim semblance of hope left. Starc quickly knocked over the skipper, before getting Ben Cutting LBW the next ball.

    It was almost karma, with Starc barely appealing and the keeper being the one to ask the umpire, in what was almost a carbon copy of O'Keefe's dismissal earlier. The pressure was back on Queensland, in particular, Alistair McDermott. With just 2 runs required O'Keefe ended Dunk's misery, leaving the two youngest members of the team, McDermott and Boyce, the job of finding 2 runs. The pressure got to Boyce, charging and swiping at his 2nd ball in List A cricket to be comfortably stumped by Nevill. 1 wicket, 2 runs, 15 balls...

    Dot ball. Edge just wide of Nevill, still no run. LBW SHOUT! AND GIVEN!!!

    O'Keefe trapped Laughlin leg before with his final ball to give New South Wales the win by a single run. At 5-215 Queensland looked to have the match in the bag, but with O'Keefe taking 3-0 with his final over, the Blues walk out with the points.

    Man of the Match deservedly goes to Steve O'Keefe. 95 with the bat, 5-45 with the ball and some brilliant captaincy as well. What a game to start the season.

    New South Wales 9/222 (50 overs, O'Keefe 95, Hughes 65, Cutting 4-48) def. Queensland 221 All Out (48 overs, Symonds 68, O'Keefe 5-45) by 1 run.

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    Exciting start to the season, sounds like an excellent game!

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    Game Two: NSW vs Western Australia - Sheffield Shield

    Line-up: Hughes, Jaques, Khawaja, Smith, Maddinson, O'Keefe, Nevill, Clark, Copeland, Starc, Hazelwood.

    Warner and Holland dropped, Clark returning from injury, Jaques in.

    Western Australia were weakened by national call-ups, with both opening batsmen Simmons and Harris having little FC experience. With a pitch looking bad for batting from the outset and turning square, Skipper O'Keefe looked to win the toss and bat first, meaning NSW weren't chasing come Day 4. He lost the flip, however Luke Ronchi, captaining ahead of Marcus North, decided strangely to bowl.

    Hughes and Jaques faced up to the WA pace attack, starting off strongly with boundaries in the third and fourth over respectively. Openers Hogan and Dorey had no answer to the men, until Coulter-Nile got Hughes caught at deepish mid wicket with the score on 47. With Phil only making 22, Usman Khawaja walked out, looking to make up for his Ryobi Cup failure. Both men looked comfortable against the spin duo of North and Heal, sweeping and glancing between the two men placed behind square on the leg side for regular boundaries. However, another start was wasted by Jaques, being caught behind after a Heal yorker kicked up to chest height. With the threat of serious injury imminent, O'Keefe declared the innings closed at 83 immediately.

    After an extended break to meet with officials regarding the safety of the pitch, both captains agreed to disagree and play continued. WA were quickly 2-72, with balls kicking off the pitch everywhere, causing constant wides and weird dismissals. Hazelwood bowled former England player Geriant Jones with a bouncer that didn't bounce, and then Steven Smith got a faint edge from Simmons, who made a well-compiled 80 in dreadful conditions. By the close of play, WA were miraculously on 5-207. Early on Day 2, with the pitch doing crazy things, Hazelwood bowled Ronchi with a leg cutter that moved more than Warnie's 'Ball of the Century'. After the new ball was taken, Hazelwood and Copeland ripped through the tail, bowling Western Australia out for 266.

    After the change of innings, Hughes and Jaques went about their business carefully, maintaining a rate below 3 an over to stay in and counter the pitch. Both men made half centuries, and the partnership pushed past 100, then 150. With the score on 0-187, Jaques got a faint edge on a Marcus North ball that turned square and was caught behind, falling for 82. Slowly but surely, Hughes brought up a fighting ton, off 205 balls. He fell soon after, LBW to Heal for 101. Khawaja soon fell LBW to Dorey when a ball didn't bounce off a length, and by the end of the day New South Wales were 3-225, a lead of 42.

    The next morning, Smith fell early to the new ball, which allowed the WA quicks to cause strange things to happen. Maddinson batted like a traditional opener, seeing the shine off the second new ball before falling in the 30s, and O'Keefe continued his Ryobi Cup form, looking untroubled by the bowlers. He brought up his 50 off 104 balls, obviously loving the added responsibility of leading the side. Nevill fell for 25, leaving O'Keefe with the tail. Clark played the only way he knew, attacking the bowling but falling for 3. With Mitchell Starc batting for his life, O'Keefe had the support to bring up his hundred and push the lead past WA's first innings score. However, when Starc fell to a nasty riser, O'Keefe decided it wasn't worth risking his strike bowlers for a few more runs, and declared the innings shut at 8-426.

    With the pitch getting worse and worse over time, and WA needing 245 off a minimum of 109 overs, O'Keefe was pushing for the outright points.

    Sure enough, Stuart Clark's second ball resulted in Harris being trapped leg before to a ball that nipped back from well outside off. Copeland then caught first innings hero Simmons for 4, also LBW. After Geriant Jones and Bandy formed a partnership, O'Keefe brought on Hazelwood who struck immediately, removing the all-rounder LBW as well. Clark then removed Jones and North in consecutive balls, bowling them both off stump. On the hat-trick ball, Ronchi got a leading edge, just dropping in front of Clark. Hazelwood then dismissed Swart bowled, making it the 4th wicket within 3 overs. After the introduction of Smith's leg spin to the attack, Hazelwood caught Hogan in front, leaving WA reeling at 7-66. Smith then bowled Heal, Hazelwood bowled Dorey first ball and by the close, WA were 9-85, thanks to a Ronchi counterattack. Then fourth ball of the final day, O'Keefe caught Coulter-Nile unaware with an arm ball, getting the LBW decision and wrapping up a 155-run win.

    Western Australia were dismissed for 88, with every dismissal being unassisted by fieldsmen. 5 were LBW decisions and the remainder were bowled.

    New South Wales 2 dec/83 and 8 dec/426 (O'Keefe 102*, Hughes 101, Jaques 82, North 3-93) def. Western Australia 266 (Simmons 80, Hazelwood 4-82) and 88 (Hazelwood 4-12) by 155 runs.

    Player of the Match: Josh Hazelwood

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    Game Three: NSW vs Victoria - Ryobi 50 Over Cup

    Line-up: Jaques, Maddinson, Clarke, Khawaja, Smith, O'Keefe, Nevill, Lee, Clark, Copeland, Hazelwood.

    In: Clarke, Lee
    Out: Hughes (International Duty), Starc (Dropped)

    The SCG pitch is looking good today, with both teams fielding strong batting line-ups. Victoria's skipped, the returning Adam Gilchrist, walked out with O'Keefe for the toss. Gilly won it and elected to bat first, however O'Keefe seemed unfazed by it, saying in the interview following the toss that he would prefer to chase anyway.

    Gilly walked out with Will Sheridan, fresh off a 107* in the first Ryobi Cup match of the season. Hazelwood opened the bowling, picking up the Australian legend keeper caught by Smith at point off his third ball. Gilchrist gone for 8. Next ball Brad Hodge had edged to second slip, and the Vics were 2 down quickly. Lee then bowled Sheridan for 18 to have the Bushrangers 3-46 in the 8th over. Constant changes by O'Keefe did the job, as Clark had Finch caught at mid off three overs into his spell. Copeland made Wade hole out as well, then picked up Hill in the same over to leave Victoria reeling at 6/91. McDonald was then bowled by Smith for 19, Quiney was caught at long off for 32 off the bowling of Hazelwood, then Smith cleaned up Cleary as well. McKay holed out to deep square for 1 to end the innings at 143.

    Maddinson started well, smashing a pull shot for four before top edging a hook to be dismissed for 9. Jaques also fell for 9 after belting a cover drive for four, leaving Khawaja and Michael Clarke with plenty of work to do. Usman fell for 8 soon after, with NSW in all sorts of trouble at 3-39. Smith fell for 8 as well, and Captain O'Keefe and Vice-Captain Clarke pushed on until Pup fell for 30. With the introduction of the spinners O'Keefe fell, leaving the score at 6-74. Rain interrupted proceedings soon after, with the score at 6-94.

    After the players returned, the innings was reduced to 39 overs, however the D/L target only dropped 5 runs. The equation was still comfortable, 43 off 103. Brett Lee took the game away from the Vics, scoring a solid 42* off 52 balls to allow the Blues to pass the revised target with 7 overs to spare.

    New South Wales 6/137 (Lee 42*, McDonald 4-30) def. Victoria 142 (Smith 3-25) by 4 wickets (Duckworth-Lewis Method).

    Player of the Match: Steven Smith

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    Game Four: NSW vs Tasmania - Ryobi 50 Over Cup

    Line-up: Hughes, Jaques, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Haddin, O'Keefe, Lee, Bracken, Hauritz, Hazelwood

    In: Hughes, Watson, Haddin, Hauritz, Bracken
    Out: Maddinson, Khawaja, Copeland, Nevill, Clark

    With wholesale changes due to returning Internationals, the NSW team bears more resemblance to an Australian squad rather than a state team. Tasmania didn't look too bad either, boosted by the returning Ricky Ponting, along with Tim Paine, who's first List A game of the season netted 155* in a high-scoring affair with WA. Hilfenhaus and ten Doeschate also featured in the line-up.

    The pitch appeared to be a bowler's strip, offering something for both quicks and spinners, causing O'Keefe to elect to set the total after winning the toss. Hughes and Jaques both looked untroubled by the early movement, starting off comfortably and slowly increasing the pace to bring up their respective 50s and the 100 partnership in the 17th over. Soon after, Jaques fell LBW to Krejza for 50, having faced 53 balls. Not the greatest wicket they had ever taken, however, as Shane Watson walked in at first drop. Both went along at a run a ball, bringing up a 50 partnership of their own in quick time. Hughes was then trapped leg before to Hilfenhaus for 78, leaving the score at 2/171. By this stage you would expect a slightly weaker batsman to walk in, but Tasmania had no such luck with Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke the next man out to bat.

    He went along with Watson, continuing to score quickly, before the blonde all-rounder fell for 37. Brad Haddin came in next, making it a quintet of Australian representative batsmen. Clarke later fell for 31, just after Haddin had settled in, allowing the other blonde all-rounder, Steven Smith, coming out to take advantage of the final 8 overs. When ten Doeschate returned, having already gone for 30 in 4 overs, both men targeted him, and, running out of options, Ponting had to resort to bowling himself in an effort to make things happen. Sure enough, he struck, bowling Haddin as he attempted to launch his Test skipped into the Ladies Stand. Smith then top edged a pull shot behind to Tim Paine, and by the end of the 50 overs, NSW were 6/256.

    Mark Cosgrove mistimed a drive early, scooping to Hughes at cover in search of the required 5 an over. Bracken then knocked back Paine's stumps in the 8th over, and then Watson struck in his second over, removing Ponting for a 24-ball 40. Watson then had Birt caught by the only leg-side fieldsman a few overs later, putting the pressure right on the Tasmanian middle order. Doolan and ten Doeschate swung the momentum back Tasmania's way, hitting Hazelwood out of the attack, but Hauritz removed Doolan just after he passed his 50. O'Keefe used his overs to keep the run rate down, eventually frustrating the Dutchman into gifting his wicket via a top-edged sweep to Bracken at forward square leg. The lower order whittled away at the target, getting to 253 before Bailey edged Lee to Smith in the slips. Next over Watson had Geeves out, and memories went back to the Queensland match that started the season. Lee bowled Krejza with 2 runs required, leaving the score at 9/255. Hilfenhaus barely squeezed out a leg bye to tie the game, before Watson bowled him in the next over to maintain the same result.

    NSW 6/256 (Hughes 78, Jaques 50) tied with Tasmania 256 (ten Doeschate 75, Doolan 56, Ponting 40, Watson 4-34).

    Player of the Match: Shane Watson

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