New South Wales vs Western Australia
Nic Maddinson's century at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday (November 5) was the saving grace for New South Wales as Ashton Agar's six wickets and Jason Behrendorff's four bundled them out for 298 on the second day of the second-round Sheffield Shield game, giving them a lead of just 82. At one stage, when Maddinson partnered with Kurtis Patterson (60) for the fourth wicket stand of 126 runs, it seemed like NSW would bat Western Australia out of the game, but a collapse towards the end where the hosts lost 6 for 48 had the game evenly poised.
Skipper Moises Henriques (41) stitched a 67-run stand with Maddinson after Patterson departed but his wicket was the beginning of the end for NSW with 250 on the board. Doug Bollinger scored some quick runs in the end, but WA will be happy with where they find themselves in the game. Having just nine overs to play, openers Cameron Bancroft and Jonathan Wells saw the side to 14 for 0 when stumps were drawn.
WA were bowled out for 216 on the opening day after Stephen O'Keefe helped himself to a five-wicket haul after Hilton Cartwright (59) and Ashton Turner (81) scored half-centuries. While O'Keefe had three of the top four, fellow spinner William Somerville, who picked up four, accounted for the middle order after WA opted to bat.
Brief scores: Western Australia 216 & 14/0 trail New South Wales 298 (Kurtis Patterson 60, Nic Maddinson 116; Ashton Agar 6-110, Jason Behrendorff 4-83) by 68 runs.
Queensland vs Victoria
At the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria stamped their authority on Queensland after a spectacular recovery from a spot of bother at 153 for 5 to getting 417 in their first innings, owing to a valiant unbeaten century from Cameron White on the second day. Jon Holland then ensured they had their opponents on the mat before stumps were drawn as Queensland were reduced to 50 for 4, trailing by 230 runs with six wickets in hand, and two days to play.
After being bowled out for 137 on the opening day, Peter George did well to bring Queensland back into the game with wickets up front. However, it was the stand between White and Glenn Maxwell that turned the game on its head for Victoria as the pair added 132 runs for the sixth wicket. After Maxwell fell for 81, White added 62 with Daniel Christian (43) taking Victoria past the 300-run mark. With contributions from the tail, he managed to reach his 20th first-class ton.
On the opening day, Queensland were reduced to 4 for 11 inside nine overs after which Sam Heazlett's 78-ball 51 saved them from folding for under 100 runs. However, Holland's four-wicket haul wrapped up proceedings early enough.
Brief scores: Queensland 137 & 50/4 (Jon Holland 3-8) trail Victoria 417 (Cameron White 104*, Glenn Maxwell 81; Peter George 3-92, Jack Wildermuth 3-51) by 230 runs.
South Australia vs Tasmania
After ending the first day with a lead of 124 runs, South Australia consolidated on their position of strength to build on it to reach 481, stretching their lead to 383, on the second day with Jake Lehmann too scoring an impressive century. To add insult to injury, Chadd Sayers's double blow in the opening over of the second innings helped reduce Tasmania to 57 for 4 when stumps were drawn, trailing SA by 326 runs.
Jake Weatherald, who was unbeaten on 110 on the opening day, managed to reach 135 off 177 balls before he was sent back. While nothing substantial came from the lower order, Lehmann's unbeaten 129 put them in pole position. Cameron Stevenson returned with four wickets for Tasmania.
On the opening day, Tasmania were bundled for 98 as Sayers picked up six wickets, before SA's openers added 161 runs. Sayers then added to that with three in the second innings, pressing his claim for a Test spot. At the end of the day, Tasmania were looking at successive defeats in the competition.
Brief scores: Tasmania 98 & 57/4 (Chadd Sayers 3-9) trail South Australia 481 (Jake Weatherald 135, Jake Lehmann 129*; Cameron Stevenson 4-114) by 326 runs.