Two Starc hat tricks and a stunning NSW victory

Hurstville Oval’s first Sheffield Shield match turned into a cracker. Victory to NSW over WA by 171 runs at 6.14pm on the final day with Mitchell Starc taking his second hat-trick of the match.

I was at the ground for the final two sessions of the last day.
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Peter Handscomb after scoring his career-best 215 for Victoria

Peter Handscomb after completing 215 for Victoria against New South Wales. #SheffieldShield #NSWvVic #SCG

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Peter Handscomb leaving the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 18 after completing his highest first-class score of 215 for Victoria against New South Wales. It was this innings that sealed his selection for Australia in the Adelaide Test team against South Africa. Photo: Rick Eyre

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Blues!!!

New South Wales’ mighty victory in the 2005 Pura Cup final represents one of the great comebacks of shield cricket.

They were gone for all money against Tasmania a few weeks ago before Stuey MacGill ripped through the Tigers’ batting. That kept them alive in the finals race. Last week they knocked off Victoria and Queensland beat WA, boosting NSW from third place to second.

On Sunday, the Queensland hoodoo continued. They have never beaten New South Wales in a shield final. This time, the Blues won at the Gabba by one wicket with two days to spare.

Great work, guys. Savour the scorecard and check out the Blues website.

Let’s hear it for: Doug Bollinger, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Ed Cowan, Brad Haddin, Phil Jaques, Simon Katich, Jason Krejza, Grant Lambert, Stuart MacGill, Greg Mail, Matthew Nicholson, Aaron O’Brien, James Packman, Matthew Phelps, Dominic Thornely. Amazingly, they did it without a single appearance from Michael Clarke, Glenn McGrath or Brett Lee!

Twenty-Nine!

South Australia have been bowled out for 29 by New South Wales today at the SCG. Nathan Bracken took 7/4. I haven’t looked it up yet, but I suspect it is South Australia’s lowest Shield score ever. Continue reading “Twenty-Nine!”

The 1999 Sheffield Shield – Pura Milk Cup changeover

A bit more about the sudden name change for Australia’s first-class cricket competition from Sheffield Shield to Pura Milk Cup in November 1999. Continue reading “The 1999 Sheffield Shield – Pura Milk Cup changeover”