New South Wales Blues debutant, fast bowler Greg West, has claimed his maiden two wickets in First Class cricket, within one over, on day one of the round six Sheffield Shield fixture against South Australia at the SCG.
The left-arm quick from Newcastle picked up his first two Sheffield Shield scalps in his second over. South Australia finished the day 5/315 at stumps after it won the toss and elected to bat.
Tom Cooper (87 not out) and wicketkeeper, batsman Alex Carey (66 not out) were the unbeaten batsmen at the close of play. Their stand for the sixth wicket has so far added 130.
Before play commenced on day one, West (2-66) became the 749th player to receive the cherished Baggy Blue cap for NSW.
The debutant received his cap from former Australian Test and Blues fast bowler and, fellow left-arm paceman, Doug Bollinger.
West had figures of 2-0 in his second over, after he claimed the scalp of Conor McInerney (25) closely followed by Kelvin Smith for a second ball duck.
The wickets came on the first and third balls of the 18th over.
South Australia made a steady start on the first morning. It reached 51 without loss, before West broke through.
Opening batter Jake Weatherald (59) became the first of four South Australian batsmen to pass fifty. He added 70 for the third wicket with captain Jake Lehmann (57) before an errant pull shot from the bowling of Harry Conway (1-50) brought an end to the opener's 105 ball stay at the crease.
Weatherald was caught at deep square leg by Daniel Hughes.
Callum Ferguson (7), moved down the order to No. 5 for this match, was the next to depart with the score on 136.
Ferguson was dismissed by Steve O’Keefe (1-64), caught at short leg by Nick Larkin, and the Blues held the upper hand.
A fruitful partnership appeared to be developing between Lehmann and Cooper, but a clever change of bowling by Blues captain Peter Nevill paid dividends.
He introduced Jason Sangha (1-23) into the attack and, with the first ball of his second over, the leg-spinner claimed the crucial wicket of Lehmann leg before wicket.
Unfortunately for the Blues that was the last wicket to fall for the Redbacks on day one.
The score was 5/185 when Carey joined Cooper at the crease and both batsmen looked at ease for the remainder of the day.
Cooper brought up his 30th half-century at the First Class level in the final session, while Carey reached his fifty from 79 balls.
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