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Marsh Sheffield Shield Day One: West End Redbacks v Western Australia

West End Redbacks v Western Australia
West End Redbacks v Western Australia

Half-centuries to Henry Hunt and Nathan McSweeney have helped the West End Redbacks to a promising start against reigning Marsh Sheffield Shield Champions Western Australia in Perth.

South Australia’s leading Shield run-scorer this season, Hunt compiled a patient 71 from 167 balls and McSweeney crafted an unbeaten 66* to lift the visitors to 5-276 at stumps on Day One at the WACA.

McSweeney will resume alongside wicketkeeper-batsman Harry Nielsen (37*) as the pair look to build on their 96-run partnership on Day Two.

Key Points

- The Redbacks made three changes to their line-up with Nathan McSweeney, Harry Nielsen and Liam Scott coming into the XI.

- Captain Travis Head and wicketkeeper Alex Carey were unavailable for selection following selection in Australia’s ODI and Test squads while Nathan McAndrew was the third omission.

- Henry Hunt stepped in as skipper in Head’s absence as he did during last summer’s Sheffield Shield campaign.

- South Australia lost the toss and were sent in to bat first in cool but sunny conditions in Perth.

- Remembrance Day was commemorated in a brief pause in play at 11am as players and support staff stood together to observe a minute’s silence.

- Hunt and fellow opener Jake Weatherald combined for a strong 77-run opening partnership before left-hander Weatherald was run-out by Hilton Cartwright on the stroke of Lunch.

- Stand-in skipper Henry Hunt led from the front, bringing up his half-century in style with a towering six over mid-wicket and was eventually dismissed with the second ball after Tea for 71.

- WA’s Matthew Kelly was on a hat-trick after dismissing Jake Lehmann for nought following Hunt’s departure, while the removal of Liam Scott (3) shortly after left the Redbacks teetering at 5-180.

- Middle-order duo Nathan McSweeney and Harry Nielsen combined for a crucial 96-run partnership in the final session to guide SA into a strong position at stumps.

- McSweeney, the hero of South Australia’s Shield victory over New South Wales to end last summer’s campaign with an unbeaten 99*, was particularly impressive on his return to First Class cricket. The 23-year-old absorbed the pressure as wickets fell around him early in his innings to finish the day 66*
SA finished at 5-276 at stumps on Day One.

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