About the Match
New South Wales is placed 2nd on the table with 43.01 points and can easily book their berth in the finals if they win the upcoming match against Western Australia at Perth on 16th March. The hosts are placed in the fifth position with 36.66 points and are in dire straits, facing stiff competition from teams like Queensland and South Australia. Both sides will be motivated to finish the season on a high but only NSW has a sure shot chance of going through if they win here. The contest could see some fireworks across the park and whichever team can rise above the weaknesses they have, will surely emerge victorious over the weekend.
A dismal show by the batting line-up lead to their loss against Victoria in the last encounter; barring AJ Turner and Short, all others buckled up under pressure to perform and could muster only 146 runs in the first innings. Cartwright then tried to set things right by scoring a superb century while Klinger contributed with 55 runs; however, they were all-out for a meager 258.
Speedster Moody and Jason Behrendorff have been very effective in recent matches and lead the pace attack with the good combination of right and left; they took 6 and 3 wickets respectively against Victoria while spinners Short, Turner and Voges bring variety to the attack. In the previous outing against Victoria, Benhrendorff stifled the opposition with a 14-wicket haul, restricting them to 117 and 130 all-out in each innings. With help from Moody and Cameron Green, they went on to win the match by an innings and 38 runs.
They have a good mix of experienced batsmen and bowlers, who can try to keep the team afloat by winning the upcoming match, provided they execute the strategy to perfection.
New South Wales
Ed Cowan’s 25th first-class century in the game against South Australia, helped them set up the foundation for a win in the last match; along with players like Nic Maddinson, Kurtis Patterson, Moises Henriques and Pat Cummins, they set up 434 runs in the first innings in reply to SA’s 229. Thereon, the bowlers dominated the opposition and got them all-out for 304, which the batsmen then chased down easily to win the contest by 8 wickets.
Cummins, Copeland and Doug Bollinger lead the pace attack and they took 13 wickets between them in the last match; spinners Crane, Somerville and all-rounder Henriques bring depth to the attack and can be effective in restricting the opponents once again. Somerville’s brilliant 5-wicket haul against Tasmania shows he is an important asset for the team, and can be instrumental in helping the team win the match here. Ed Cowan and Henriques are in good form with the bat,and can stabilize the innings whether batting first or during a chase.
They have done well to reach the second position and are just a game away from the title clash; if they stay focused on getting quick breakthroughs and stifling the hosts’ run-flow, NSW stands a good chance of making it through.
Western Australia has some serious match-winners with bat and ball, who could leverage the home advantage here to overpower NSW but we feel that the latter with its in-form bowling attack is better placed to proceed to the final match of the competition.