About the Match
South Australia and Western Australia are playing against each other on 17th October for the first time in the tournament and both have played 3 matches each so far, languishing without any point on the board so far. The two losses that South Australia suffered against Tasmania were a very close finish, whereas their loss to formidable Victorians was quite deplorable which the opponents won by 6 wickets with 13 balls to spare. The West Australians on the other hand lost to Queensland by a clear margin of 84 runs and couldn’t defend 233 against NSW. The story did not change much against Victoria where, after winning the toss they challenged them by opting to field first but could not stop the battering by the Victorians who piled up a huge total that WA failed to achieve in spite of a valiant attempt by their top order.
Klinger opening the innings, played the anchor’s role in all the 3 matches played so far but could not post an unassailable total to defeat the opponent. He built good partnerships with the top order, especially in the company of Cooper and remained unbeaten after hitting a century against Tasmania. The batsmen coming in the lower order couldn’t cash on the pressure on the opposing bowlers to increase the run rate in all the three matches. They lack a penetrating bowler of quality, except for Sayers, George and Mennie occasionally, who bowled medium pace and contained the batsmen in form, but others were not accurate and gave away too many runs, making the task easy for the opponents. Losing two matches against Tasmania narrowly was frustrating but they need to improve their game, especially running between the wickets, if they want to cover the gap and come up in the points table.
The West Australian top order batsmen, while chasing a modest total against Queensland, ran themselves out and batted very badly except for M C North, and lost the match in just 42.5 overs by a wide margin of 84 runs. They failed to build good partnerships and kept losing wickets at regular intervals, which helped the bowlers attack them with more vigor. Batting first against New South Wales, they piled up a decent total of 233 with a good opening stand of 46, however lost the match due to lack of a clear cut strategy for the formidable opponents, thus allowing NSW to achieve the target. They lost the 3rd match against Victoria, again due to bad planning and in spite of a decent beginning could accumulate only 272 runs thus missing the target by 59 runs, with 3 overs yet to be bowled. The team must rise above its problems and try to win this match with clever strategy and a positive attitude.
Both teams have struggled in the series against formidable opponents and have failed to garner any points so far. However, the South Australian team has performed better than Western Australia by losing with lesser margins and close finishes and hence I think that they will emerge victorious in this match.
South Australia, 1.80 @ Bet365