Preview: South Australia look to maintain dominance over New South Wales
The Marsh Cup, Australia’s premier Domestic One-Day Competition, is now underway. The initial few matches in the competition have been high-scoring so far with scores of 300-plus being easily achieved. It looks like we are in for some real tall scores and a barrage of boundaries and sixes in the initial half of the competition.
There are some interesting rivalries to look forward to in the competition. The New South Wales vs South Australia one has always been engaging. Hence, it will be interesting to see how the two teams fare when they clash in the 6th match of the tournament at the Allan Border Field, Brisbane on September 26.
In the last 5 matches between the two teams, New South Wales has lost thrice and managed only two victories. The last time they beat South Australia was way back in 2015. What’s more is that New South Wales have begun the competition on a bad note – losing their first game of the tournament to Queensland by 4 wickets despite scoring 305. At the time of writing, they are second from bottom in the points table with a Net Run Rate of -0.296. Hence, South Australia will hold the edge in this encounter.
Led by Jake Lehmann, South Australia has a strong unit. Callum Ferguson (612 runs in the last 10 matches) and Jake Weatherald (463 runs in last 10 matches) will be their star batsman to look out for in the game. Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey, who had a terrific World Cup in England, gives a great edge to the South Australia batting.
In their bowling too, they have got plenty of variety. Seamer Cameron Valente (11 wickets in last 9 games) has been among the wickets and is expected to lead the team’s bowling. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who has now blossomed into Australia’s premier spin bowler in limited overs cricket, has taken 16 wickets in his last 8 matches. He might be a handful against the opposition.
Meanwhile, New South Wales would be eager to come back to winning ways. In their last game, they displayed a good batting performance. Opener Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques and Nicholas Bertus scored fifties. The team would hope to get some solid contributions from Daniel Hughes and captain Peter Nevill too.
The team’s bowling was disappointing in the match against Queensland. However, the likes of Sean Abbott (17 wickets in last 10 matches) and Daniel Sams (9 wickets in last 6 matches) may make a difference in this game.
Match prediction: New South Wales vs South Australia, 6th Match
In the only match that was played in the Allan Border Field, Brisbane, in the tournament so far a combined total of 612 runs was achieved by both the teams. Queensland chased down a target of 306 with ease in 48 overs.
We should hence expect another good batting surface in the match between New South Wales and South Australia that will remain true for batting throughout. The team winning the toss might look to chase given what happened here in the last game. The combined total for this match should be in the range of 580-600 runs.
New South Wales has a good team – they are especially strong in batting. But South Australia has a strong all-round unit and look to be the team that will be the winner of this contest.