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Sheffield Shield team of the week: Round 8

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 2:33 PM
Source: SportsFan
Author: Ben Hocking

Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn has won the Big Bash League's player of the tournament award.

Chris Lynn captains our side this week.

Photo Source: AAP

Despite the worst pitch in the country doing its best to conspire against good cricket at the WACA, the two captains ensured a thrilling result with bold declarations aimed at getting a result. In the end, West Australia prevailed over Queensland by just 24 runs in the most thrilling finish of the season. The Warriors have three members of our team this week, while Queensland were not far behind with two of their players making our squad, including our captain this week - Chris Lynn.

1. Cameron Bancroft (WA Warriors)
Just a week after Joe Burns cemented his spot as Australia's Test opener for the foreseeable future, Bancroft played the sort of innings as though a huge weight of expectation had been lifted from his shoulders, scoring 171 in the first dig. We have also opted to give Bancroft the gloves in our team this week.

2. Ben Dunk (Tasmanian Tigers)
Played an amazing innings, scoring 190 in Tasmania's only time at the crease, laying the foundation for a huge score which ensured an innings victory over Victoria.

3. Shaun Marsh (WA Warriors)
We know there are a lot of knockers out there, but perhaps this might silence at least some of them. Marsh was awarded the man of the match for his performance against Queensland scoring 95 in the first dig before making a near run-a-ball century in the second allowing the Warriors to set a sporting target.

4. Chris Lynn (Queensland Bulls) (Captain)
Played a fine knock to bring up a century in quick time in the first innings and also kept some hope alive that the Bulls would be able to chase down WA's total scoring quick runs in the second dig.

5. Jake Lehmann (SA Redbacks)
Surely Lehmann must be one if the finds of the season. He scored yet another century, this time managing 122 off just 148 balls, managing the strike perfectly with the tail as he tried to make sure the Redbacks set a decent first innings total.

6. Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland Bulls)
He opened the batting for the Bulls, and scored a century in the first innings, but he couldn't push out either Dunk or Bancroft in our team so has to come in down the order this week. Only lost his wicket in the second dig after being run out trying to maintain an impossible scoring rate.

7. Cameron White (Victorian Bushrangers)
Plays in our side as an all-rounder this week. The former Victorian captain returned to the side and was the only member of his side to give a yelp in the shock loss to Tasmania, scoring a well made century in the second innings.

8. Hilton Cartwright (WA Warriors)
Finished with career-best bowling figures of 3-61 in Queensland's first innings and 4-93 for the match. Those figures might not seem that great, but considering the lack of assistance offered by the WACA pitch they proved crucial.

9. Trent Copeland (NSW Blues)
Grabbed a five-wicket haul in South Australia's second innings including the first three wickets to fall, setting up what was to be a massive victory. Also kept a cool head to guide the Blues to the win with the bat scoring an unbeaten 47 alongside Ben Rohrer.

10. Joe Mennie (SA Redbacks)
His four wickets in NSW's first innings put his side in a good position to go for the outright victory before the horrible collapse ruined their chances in the second innings. Continues to be one of the most consistent performers in the Shield this season.

11. Hamish Kingston (Tasmanian Tigers)
Finished the match with six wickets against Victoria, including the crucial wicket of White in the second innings, who was proving to be the only thorn in Tasmania's side.

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