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Tournament: The Marsh Cup, 2022.
Date: September 23, 2022
Venue: Junction Oval, Melbourne, Australia.
Victoria will be looking to get a perfect start to their campaign this year when they take on the team of New South Wales on their home turf tomorrow. This is the first match of the Marsh One Day Cup for the 2022-23 season. The Victorian team did not have a very season last year as they plummeted to the bottom of the points tally. New South Wales did a good job during the 2021-22 season by reaching the finals of the competition. But they had to face heartbreak in the finals going down to Western Australia.
Victoria has not beaten New South Wales in this competition since 2019. This would have made a huge dent in their confidence. To make the matters worse they will miss the services of Nic Maddison who was one of their key batters. This is a big blow to their side. New South Wales on the other hand has a good group of players on their side. This would have made them pretty confident this year. This is the first match of the new season and everyone will be keen to see which side makes a winning start to the season.
You are going to see many new faces in the Victoria squad this year. Peter Handscomb will be all set put the heart-breaking performance during the last season behind them. Victoria had a horrid season last year as they could muster up just a single win during the entire season. Handscomb would be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the opponents. He will be hoping for a strong show from the new group of players this year in the season opener.
The Victorian innings will be opened by Will Pucovski and he will play a significant role in opening the innings for Victoria. He will be looking to develop partnerships with other batters such as Marcus Harris. In the middle order of the line-up, Handscomb will be looking to play the sheet anchor role. The Victorian middle order will be completed by the likes of Jonathan Merlo and Matthew Short. They will be looking at Will Sutherland and Mackenzie Harvey to add some quick runs in the lower middle order for Victoria.
Victoria put up a bad bowling performance last year and they will be looking to improve in this regard this year. Their new ball bowlers Todd Murphy and Scott Boland will be keen to do well with the new ball this year because the opponents in this game have a strong batting order. Luckily for them, Sutherland looks to be in good touch. He will have to play a significant role in the middle overs of the innings together with Jon Holland and Jonathan Merlo to restrict the opposition to a reasonable total.
Mitchell Perry, Todd Murphy, Jake Fraser McGurk, Jonathan Merlo, Mackenzie Harvey, Marcus Harris, Matt Short, Peter Handscomb, Scott Boland, Will Sutherland, William Pucovski.
The New South Wales team this year will be led by Kurtis Patterson. The side did well last year and he will be looking to provide a repeat of the performance last year when his team did a magnificent job by reaching the finals. They have a very good batting order and a decent bowling attack that can easily take on any opponents playing in the competition. Patterson will look to provide a good start to the season and get the team on board in the points table right in the first game of the season.
New South Wales has a powerful batting line-up with the opening slots being managed by Daniel Hughes and Matthew Gilkes. This pair has to provide a good start to the innings for them to harbor any hopes of putting on a big total on the board. The New South Wales middle order boasts of the experienced Moises Henriques. He will be looking to add some quick runs to the total with Kurtis Patterson in the middle order. Some other big hitters are playing on the side such as Sean Daniel Sams, Liam Hatcher, and Jack Edwards. They can add quick runs to the total in the lower middle order.
The new ball attack for the New South Wales side is in the hands of Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis. They will be looking to get early breakthroughs for their team in this match. The presence of Nathan Lyon in the bowling attack brings a lot of experience to the bowling attack. It is expected that the experienced spinner will do the containment job in the middle overs for the side together with Liam Hatcher. Other bowling alternatives for New South Wales are Hayden Kerr and Sams making it a decent bowling attack.
William Salzmann, Chris Tremain, Daniel Hughes, Jack Edwards, Jason Sangha, Kurtis Patterson, Liam Hatcher, Mickey Edwards, M Gilkes, Moises Henriques, Nathan Michael Lyon.
The pitch at the Melbourne ground will assist the quicker bowlers at the start of the first innings. We have observed that many sides chasing a score at the venue have done a fair job. It has been established that the pitch eases off during the second innings of a match. So, the side winning the toss will have little hesitation in putting the opposition into bat. It might be easier to chase a target on this ground.
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It is expected from the weather forecast that the skies at the Melbourne venue will be overcast on September 23. This pitch is a difficult one for the batters. This has been observed in the last few seasons also because the ball moves around quite a bit and makes it tough for the batters. They need to get used to the pace and bounce of the track to do well in this game. The team batting first in the match will be looking to set a target in the excess of 280 runs on this wicket.
The surface on offer at the Junction Oval in Melbourne is a balanced one between bat and ball. The track will assist the batters that are playing the ball on merit rather than opting to play airy-fairy shots. Many quick bowlers have done a fair job at the venue as there is plenty on offer for them here in terms of movement and pace, especially with the new ball. Spinners on the other hand have not done as well as the fast bowlers here as they are unlikely to get as much purchase from the track as the fast bowlers.
There are high stakes involved in this game, especially for Victoria. They will be desperate to get off to a good start to the season after the disastrous outing last year in the competition. Their bowling attack appears weak and the team will look forward to their main bowlers delivering the goods for them. New South Wales on the other hand will be a lot more confident about their prospects in this game due to their better performance last year in the competition. They have a good bowling attack and it makes them a strong favorite to win this match.
Although this is a one-day match, opening batsmen these days are looking for runs straight up. You can expect the Victoria openers to score more than 4 runs in the first over of the innings.
Hughes was one of the top batters for the NSW in their campaigns last year. You can expect him to make another great start to the season.
Will Sutherland had a great season last year with the ball. He will be looked upon to provide breakthroughs this year as well.
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