Rain ruined the first day, with Victoria in complete control thanks Jayde Herrick's opening spell of 3-25. Even with players out, NSW can still field a strong combination, although with so many defections to other states thrown in, even the renowned depth of resources of the Blues will be tested this season. Nick Maddison disappointed hitting two fours and then was out on his third delivery. Much will depend on former skipper Simon Katich when play resumes.
Qld v Tasmania
After winning the toss and watching Ryan Broad and Wade Townsend add 150 for the first wicket, the Bananabenders let it all slip badly away, losing ten wickets for 137 as other players failed to capitalise on starts. Ben Hilfenhaus got both of the openers and then helped Luke Butterworth clean out the middle order, both in their third spells. Mark Cosgrove made one of his rare appearances at the bowling crease to dismiss Peter Forest at a time when George Bailey was desperate for a wicket. For Forest, it was yet another start without a finish.
|Marcus North scored 119|
At 2-238 after winning the toss and batting, WA skipper Marcus North must have thought this captaincy lurk was an easy one. 182 runs into a third wicket stand with opener Liam Davis and a hundred in the bag, the ex Australian middle order player must have been shocked eight overs later when both of them sat in the pavilion and with Adam Voges, Michael Johnson and Nathan Couter-Nile as additional company. It was Peter George and Gary Putland who caused the 5-28 crash. Davis and Voges fell in successive deliveries to George before the new ball had been taken. Four of the Sandgropers were lbw to honest, straight bowling.