Wade proves survivor
A MATTHEW Wade halfcentury and five wickets to a second-game seamer have Tasmania on top of Queensland on a day of Sheffield Shield carnage in Hobart.
The former Test wicketkeeper top-scored with 63 in the Tigers’ first innings of 167 on a day when 18 wickets fell.
Queensland crumbled to 8-86 in reply at stumps yesterday, with rookie paceman Alex Pyecroft taking a stunning 5-18.
Test-experienced Bulls, Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne, all made starts but failed on a Bellerive Oval deck with a bit of life. Wade, however, hit nine fours to top the Shield runscorers (531) in 2018-19 with five 50s and a century.
He turned aggressor with the tail, with the Tigers bowled out on the stroke of tea after Gabe Bell and Riley Meredith put on a valuable 37 runs for the final wicket.
After his fellow quicks cracked Queensland’s top three, Pyecroft, who debuted last match against South Australia, ripped through the middle order. He took his five scalps in the space of 10 overs, all edging behind the wicket.
“The length he bowls on this wicket suits it perfectly,” Wade said. “He got the ball up there and gave it a chance to move sideways and got the rewards. He definitely got us back in the game.”
In Melbourne, Nic Maddinson has scored a stunning unbeaten century on Sheffield Shield debut for Victoria. The home side was in charge at 3-311 against Western Australia at stumps at the MCG, thanks largely to Maddinson’s superb innings in his first Shield appearance since his acrimonious split with NSW.
In Sydney, Tom Cooper and Alex Carey have engineered a fightback to have South Australian at 5-315 after day one of their Sheffield Shield clash with NSW. Half-centuries to the pair as well as Jake Weatherald (59) and Jake Lehmann (57) had the winless Redbacks in control after a see-sawing opening day at the SCG.
After debutant paceman Greg West had the visitors in trouble at 2-51, the South Australians slowly worked their way back into the contest.