Scott Boland unable to bowl on day two of Sheffield Shield clash


Test quick Scott Boland was last to bowl for Victoria and is being managed through South Australia’s second innings of the Sheffield Shield match in Melbourne after being sent for scans on a niggling knee injury.

Victorian coach Chris Rogers confirmed Boland, who has played limited matches this summer after being an unused part of the Test squad for series against Pakistan and the West Indies, had a “little issue” which was impacting him.

Boland, who took 1-33 from 16.5 overs in the first innings at the Junction Oval, left the field on day two and didn’t bowl when South Australia batted again after being sent for scans having reported pain in his knee tendon.

But cleared of major injury Boland bowled 16 overs and took two wickets on day three as Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year Fergus O’Neill took 5-47 with the Redbacks rolled for 271, giving them a 156-run lead going in to the final day.

“It’s really just low grade wear and tear in his knee. It’s nothing too serious. He’ll just needed to be managed a little ibt with how much he bowls,” Rogers said.

“Fast bowlers are always complaining about carrying something. He hasn’t blowed that much in games recently so it’s hard to actually know how bad it is.

“It’s a little issue but he should be fine.”

AT THE GABBA Tasmania turned the tables on the home team to consolidate top spot on the Shield table chasing down 214 in the second innings to secure a fourth win of the season on the back of a brilliant innings from skipper Jordan Silk.

A rampaging Gabe Bell tore through the Bulls’ batting order taking 6-39 while former Queenslander Billy Stanlake produced his best-ever bowling figures of 4-38 as the duo combined to role the home team for just 160 in the second innings.

Only Jack Clayton, who made 104 of those runs despite being ill, kept Queensland in the game.

Test hopeful Matt Renshaw had an inglorious return to red-ball cricket, making just two runs in each innings.

Bell also took 4-40 in the first innings securing a maiden 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket and taking his Shield season tally to 32 victims at 16.84 this season, behind only veteran NSW quick Chris Tremain, who has 35 wickets.

Set 224 for victory Tassie skipper Silk held his team together after losing two early wickets carving out what was a match-winning 83 not out with some late lusty hitting from Mitchell Owen putting an exclamation point on the result achieve in hot, trying conditions across the match.

Owen hit Michael Neser for six to bring up the winning runs, securing Tasmania a fourth win from seven games this season and top spot on the Shield table.

“Fantastic win. It’s not often we have come here and taken the points,” Silk said.

“I’m really hard of how the guys went about it.

“Gabe has been fantastic, we don’t have that chase without his effort.”

THAT spot looks secure as Western Australia, who were equal top, struggled in their second innings in in Perth as NSW spinner Chris Green got amongst the wickets.

Recently crowned domestic player of the year and snubbed Test opener, Cameron Bancroft, tried to best put Western Australia in the drivers seas of their clash before Tremain and Chris Green struck..

Bancroft, the leading run-scorer in the competition, after making 42 in the first innings, made another 36 but was out among six wickets as the home side pushed to 6-120 during the second session, a lead of just 125 on the third day.

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