About the Match
New South Wales are on a winning spree as they emerged victorious against Victoria by a thumping margin and drew the match against Queensland after a tough fight to take their points tally to 32.12; they are in the second position and will now take on bottom-place holders Tasmania in the upcoming match at Wollongong from 25th February. Tasmania has lost 4 of its recent games and has only 14.15 points on board; they will need to pull up their socks and come up with a better performance here. NSW on the other hand looks determined to keep the winning momentum going and we could see a full-on entertainer here over the weekend.
New South Wales
Moises Henriques is in terrific form with the bat and can steady the innings in the middle; he posted a brilliant 265 off 327 to take his team to a humungous 603 batting first against Queensland in the recent outing. Wicket-keeper batsman Peter Nevill has also been consistent in getting the runs on board, and his unbeaten 143 in the same match kept the scoreboard ticking for NSW. He also scored a century against Victoria and is a vital asset in the middle-order.
Larkin and Patterson are also in good nick with the bat and add depth to the batting line-up. Ed Cowan is another player who has been performing well, and he scored a superb double-century against Victoria in the previous game. On the bowling front, they have speedsters like Sean Abbott, Copeland, Bollinger, Conway and the all-rounder batsman Henriques, who brings variety to the attack. Spinner Somerville put up an astounding performance in the match against Queensland, taking a total of 9 wickets; Arjun Nair and Cowan can support well with the spin tactics.
When they met Tasmania earlier, batsmen Henriques and Nevill had done extremely well with the bat while Copeland had found success with a total of 8 wickets using his pace to the advantage but the match went on for a draw. They have good resources with bat and ball to better the performance here and register another win.
George Bailey leads the side and although his performance has been good with the bat, others like Jordan Silk, Hancock, Doolan and Webster have failed to impress. In the game against Western Australia, they were al-out for a meagre 198 runs in the first innings while the second finished with 265. Simon Milenko put up an all-round effort to score 75 runs and pick 3 wickets in the match but a lack of determination by the top and middle order led to a loss by 9 wickets.
Fast-bowlers Stevenson, Cameron Boyce, Faulkner and Rainbird have regularly taken wickets while Websiter provides the services with his spin tactics. They put up a good show against WA but couldn’t defend the low target in the end. Against Queensland too, the bowlers did a fantastic job of restricting the opposition to 405 but the 352-run target proved to be an uphill task for the batsmen, getting all-out for 218.
They have experienced batsmen and bowlers, who can combine well to make a comeback here; they could strategize well here against players like Henriques and Nevill, to keep an upper hand this time.
NSW has been on a winning roll and they will draw inspiration from recent victories; Tasmania on the other hand hasn’t done too well with the bat and we feel this factor could lead to their downfall yet again.