JLT Cup 2017: Team of the season

The regular season of Australia’s Domestic One Day cup has finished and we take a look at some of the top performers this season to create the best XI of the JLT Cup.

It’s been an interesting season of Domestic One Day cricket, and despite the lack of TV coverage, we’ve seen some big performances from veterans of the game and a glimpse of the players of the future. So who were the best performers of the season? We take a look at the stats and put together the 2017 JLT One Day Cup XI.

  1. 1 Shaun Marsh

    Six matches, 380 runs averaging 95

    The 34-year-old veteran has had an incredible run of form leading into this year’s summer. Marsh has been a stalwart at the top of the order for the Western Warriors this season, earning the Player of the Match award on three occasions and leading the Warriors to top position on the table and direct qualification into the final. Marsh passed 50 four times this season with a high score of 132* against New South Wales at the WACA. 

  2. 2 Nic Maddinson

    Six matches, 398 runs averaging 66

    Maddinson was one half of the productive opening pair for the NSW Blues (with fellow opener Daniel Hughes being unlucky to miss out). Maddinson passed 50 on four occasions and posted centuries in two of them. 

    Interestingly, the 25-year-old also has bragging rights to the best bowling average for the competition, with an average of 6.00 and figures of 1/6 from one over. However, Maddinson’s title of the highest run scorer with 398 runs will likely be more important to him as he pushes for another chance to represent Australia.

  3. 3 Callum Ferguson

    Six matches, 316 runs averaging 53

    Despite a slow start to the competition with scores of 7, 5 and 19 in the first three matches, the South Australian picked up the pace for the Redbacks scoring 43, 73 and 169 in the final three. 

    Ferguson’s score of 169 from 138 balls was crucial in South Australia’s thrilling five-run win over the previously undefeated Warriors, which also secured their spot in an elimination final against Victoria. 

  4. 4 George Bailey

    Six matches, 373 runs averaging 62.16

    Bailey was the fifth highest run scorer of the JLT Cup, scoring four half-centuries and one century. The veteran was as reliable as ever in Tasmania’s shaky middle order and almost carried the Tigers to an elimination final berth.

  5. 5 Mitchell Marsh

    Six matches, 258 runs averaging 129

    Mitchell Marsh’s power hitting at the end of the innings for the Warriors this season showed what the all-rounder is capable of at his best. His three highest scores for the Warriors of 124, 67* and 47* were all struck at a strike rate above 90. 

    His ferocious attack on the opposition bowling lineup makes the right-hander such a dangerous batsman. Marsh could not bowl throughout the tournament due to an ongoing shoulder injury. However, with Australian selectors still unsure of the all-rounder position for the Ashes, Marsh may have gained the selectors interest.

  6. 6 D'Arcy Short

    Six matches, 132 runs averaging 66, 7 wickets averaging 36.85

    Because of Western Australia’s dominant top order this season, Short was given minimal opportunity with the bat and only faced three innings. He was promoted to open the batting in WA’s final match against the CA XI and took his opportunity. The left-hander belted the CA XI bowling attack, making 119* from 92 balls and securing the win for the Warriors. The all-rounder played more of a bowling role this season as he took 7 wickets, including 3 against Victoria.

  7. 7 Cameron Bancroft

    Six matches, 189 runs averaging 47, 8 catches, 1 stumping

    Bancroft has been in hot form in both Australian and English domestic cricket recently. Last month he scored 206* and 72 while playing for Gloucestershire in the Division 2 County Championship. Bancroft took up wicket-keeping duties for the Warriors and was involved in nine dismissals, equal second in the competition behind fringe Australian keeper Peter Nevill. However, it was Bancroft’s run-scoring that edged him ahead of Nevill, with the former Aussie keeper only averaging 18 compared to Bancroft’s 47.

  8. 8 Chris Tremain

    Six matches, 12 wickets averaging 27.75

    The Victorian paceman bowled superbly throughout competition taking 12 wickets with a good average of 27.75. Tremain took at least one wicket in every game with best figures of 3/50 against Tasmania. He took the equal most wickets across the six matches while also providing power hitting at the back end of the innings for Victoria as he scored a quick 50 against Queensland.

  9. 9 Peter Siddle

    Six matches, 8 wickets averaging 25.12

    The 32-year-old veteran had a fantastic One Day Domestic Series and was one of the most economical bowlers in the competition, leaking just 3.35 runs an over. 

    Siddle, who has been hampered by injuries in recent years, looks to have put those behind him and is in line for a big summer. Similar to Tremain, Siddle also provided some lower order power hitting for the Vics against Queensland, with a score of 62. Siddle finished with figures of 0/14 from 10 overs against New South Wales and an incredible economy rate of 1.40. 

    It was the Victorian’s tight bowling that gave him the edge over the talented youngster Jhye Richardson of Western Australia, who also had an impressive tournament with 11 wickets.

  10. 10 Joe Mennie

    Five matches, 12 wickets averaging 19

    On top of a stellar bowling performance in this year’s JLT Cup, Mennie also welcomed a new baby daughter midway through the competition. This saw him miss the Redbacks’ clash with Victoria so he could be with his partner in Adelaide. 

    He was one of two bowlers to claim a 5 wicket haul in a single match as he tore through Queensland, taking 5/36. He backed up that performance with 4/53 against New South Wales.

  11. 11 Fawad Ahmed

    Six matches, 11 wickets averaging 26.63

    Ahmed was a big part of Victoria’s strong bowling attack in the JLT Cup, taking 11 wickets from his six matches. He took three wickets on three occasions and took more wickets than any spinner in the competition, including Nathan Lyon who took 9. Ahmed dismantled the top orders of Queensland and South Australia just as their batsmen were building big partnerships, which was pivotal for the Vics.

  12. 12 Honourable Mentions

    Daniel Hughes: Six matches, 379 runs averaging 63.16

    Michael Klinger: Six matches, 336 runs averaging 67.20          

    Usman Khawaja: Six matches, 380 runs averaging 63.33

    Marnus Labuschagne: Six matches, 291 runs averaging 48.50

    Alex Carey: Six matches, 157 runs averaging 26.16

    Jhye Richardson: Six matches, 11 wickets averaging 26.09

    Nathan Lyon: Five Matches, 9 wickets averaging 27.22    

    Who didn't deserve to make the team of the year? Who was unlucky to miss out? Is the team spot on? Let us know in the comments below.     

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Justin Konstant

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