Preview: In-form Western Australia look too strong against New South Wales
There’s one team that has been clearly dominating The Marsh Cup 2019 – Western Australia. After about a week in the premier Australian Domestic One-Day Competition, Western Australia are sitting pretty at the top of the points table with 10 points in 2 games and a NRR of +2.27.
Meanwhile, New South Wales, at the time of writing, had lost the only game they had played in the tournament so far and are 4th in the points table with a NRR of – 0.296.
Hence, the clash between New South Wales and Western Australia on the 30th of September at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney, might turn out to be a one-sided one given the recent form of the two teams. Interestingly, in the last 5 games between these two sides, Western Australia has won thrice and lost two times against New South Wales.
Thus, it goes without saying that Western Australia will be holding the aces in this clash. They are shaping up nicely and have won both their games so far with a margin of 100-plus runs. The biggest strength for the team appears to be their batting. Opener D’Arcy Short struck a sublime hundred in the last match. Marcus Stoinis had got a hundred in the game before that. The likes of Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh look in good touch as well. This makes a formidable batting unit that New South Wales would be wary of.
Western Australia’s bowling too is quite good. Andrew Tye has picked up 5 wickets so far and will be the one to watch out for in this game. Jhye Richardson has also been good and may like the surface at Sydney. However, the most impressive bowler for the team has been left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (6 wickets so far). If he finds some grip on this surface, he might cause real trouble.
New South Wales, meanwhile, would be hoping to have scored one victory under their belt when they face Western Australia in this game. In their last match, they lost despite scoring 305 on the board. Opener Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques and Nicholas Bertus got fifties and would be looking to continue their form. Captain Peter Nevill can have an impact too lower down the order.
The team’s bowling led them down in the last match. Harry Conway took 3 wickets but ended up conceding 72 runs. Against a strong Western Australia batting unit, he would need to be better along with Sean Abbott and Mickey Edwards.
Prediction – New South Wales vs Western Australia, 9th Match:
Not much is known about the pitch at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney, the venue for the match between New South Wales and Western Australia. This will be the first match of the Marsh Cup 2019 here.
The surface should be good for batting and remain true throughout the game. The combined total can be in the range of 550-570 runs.
While New South Wales will have the home advantage and may end up upstaging the opponents, Western Australia has a robust and all-round unit and are in terrific form. They should hence be the likely winners of this contest.