December 9, 2022
Recent Match Report – NSW vs West Aust Round 1 2022/23

Western Australia 2 for 18 Trail new South Wales 180 (Patterson 72*, Morris 5-36) by 162 runs

New South Wales captain Kurtis Patterson provided the only resistance with the bat before debutant Ben Dwarshuis made two sharp strikes with the ball on the first day of the Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia.

WA’s fast Lance Morris scored a career-best 5 for 36 in 18 overs and Joel Paris took 3 for 39 as NSW were bowled out for 180 at the WACA Ground late on Monday.

Patterson remained stranded for 72 off 149 balls, a square over the left-hander as wickets fell around him.

In response, WA scored 2 for 18 at stumps, with openers Sam Whitman and Cameron Bancroft falling to Dwarshuis on their Shield debut, his first delivery in first-class cricket with a quick left-arm strike when Whitman hit the slips. edged out. Debutants Sam Fanning and Hilton Cartwright make their way to the stumps.

Morris was the hero of the day, putting WA in the box seat before a late stumble with the 24-year-old’s second five-wicket haul.

“I’m just starting to understand my role within the team,” Morris said. “I have the license to bowl fast and to intimidate. I am playing my role well now and enjoying it.

“We will gather again tomorrow. We know NSW is going to be very hard tomorrow, but hopefully we can nail it down and pile on some runs.”

NSW crawled to 0 for 30 in 18 overs before Morris struck a crucial double blow. Daniel Hughes was the first to fall when he hit Morris straight to mid-off, and he was 2 for 37 when a diving Paris took a sharp catch in the lane to dismiss Blake Nikitas.

Morris, who was around 145kph, found the edge of Jason Sangha after lunch, and had his fourth wicket when he bowled Baxter Holt. The five-wicket haul was completed when Morris dismissed Taylor Chris Tremain. Paris and spinner Corey Rochicioli helped clear the middle order and tail.

Patterson’s patience proved crucial in helping NSW avoid a complete breakdown, as he experienced in a nine-wicket one-day loss to WA on Saturday.

In that match, NSW were reduced to 6 for 20 before being bowled out for 76, with WA needing just 17 overs to reach the winning target.

Patterson’s half-century has at least given NSW something to work on in the Shield match, but WA remains in the box seat to take a big first innings lead.

They started their title defense without star pair Shaun Marsh (knee) and Jhye Richardson (rest).

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