Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Five-star Herrick makes his mark

 Jayde Herrick

Victoria paceman Jayde Herrick had only seen the SCG on television before this week's Sheffield Shield match against NSW - but it's proved love at first sight after his five-wicket haul put the visitors in complete charge.
The bald-headed paceman, who sports a Dennis Lillee-style headband, star-shaped tattoos and a ring through his lip, took a career-best 5-79 to help dismiss the Blues for a paltry 201.
The Bushrangers are 2-131 in reply at the end of day two.
"I'd never been here (the SCG) until the other day to train before the game, so to get out there and get a few wickets, I'm very happy with that," Herrick said at stumps.
"I didn't think the pitch actually played too bad. It was a little bit slow, it had a little bit of moisture in it and a bit of grass and if you bowled in the right areas you gave yourself a chance."
"I just think we batted really well and showed the pitch is in reasonable nick."
NSW all-rounder Moises Henriques, who top scored with 68 and picked up a wicket late in the day, is still optimistic the Blues can salvage something from the match.
"We've got to toil hard. The ball's started doing different kinds of tricks and we've got to try and get the reverse swing happening and see what we can do," he said.
"We've got to try and use different tactics."
"At times we gave them a couple too many four balls."
"They've got some attacking batsmen at the top of the order and they certainly took the game to us."
"I thought they batted quite well."
Former Test opener Chris Rogers (67) and David Hussey (7) will resume Victoria's push for first innings points when day three begins on Thursday.
The first two days have been affected by rain but if the weather holds for the remainder of the match, an outright result is assured.

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