STUMPS DAY 2: South Australia Redbacks finished at 1 for 64 to put themselves in a commanding position at stumps on day two of the Sheffield Shield cricket match against NSW Blues at C.Ex Stadium in Coffs Harbour.

The Redbacks hold a 151-run lead at the halfway stage of the match after the Blues managed just 211 in reply to their first innings total of 298.

After making 58 in the first innings, debutant opener Jack Weatherall made a quickfire 23 off 19 balls while Mark Cosgrove (15*) and Sam Raphael (24*) saw out the remainder of the session and will resume in the morning.

It's been a fantastic experience to have Sheffield Shield cricket played here on the North Coast and an official crowd of 1710 was in attendance today.

MENNIE'S HOMECOMING: The South Australian Redbacks visit to Coffs Harbour was a homecoming for 2015/16 leading wicket taker Joe Mennie, who hails from the city.

He enjoyed plenty of success as the pick of the Redbacks bowlers, taking 4 for 52 off 22 overs as the Redbacks restricted NSW Blues to 211 in reply to their day one total of 298.

CEO THRILLED: District and Association cricket officials, local members and councillors and the cricket diehards of northern NSW attended an official luncheon at the ground on day two.

The entire Cricket NSW board was in attendance, including CEO Andrew Jones, who was thrilled with the experience. Read the full story here:

>>CRICKET NSW CEO ANDREW JONES THRILLED WITH FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCE ON AND OFF FIELD

 

FIRST CLASS: Clarence River District Cricket Umpires Association secretary Jeff Hackett and Clarence River Cricket Association vice president Tim Kinnane were part of the throng of cricket lovers soaking in the first class hospitality at the Cricket NSW official luncheon held today. The duo had glowering reviews of the state of the ground and suggested the Clarence Valley could also host a similar level of cricket ... with a little bit of work:  

TEA: A mini revival from wicket keeper Ryan Carters (41*) and Arjun Nair (18*) has put New South Wales Blues back into a respectable position at tea on Day Two of the Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia Redbacks at Coffs Harbour.

Coming together at 8 for 119, the pair have put on 48 runs for the 9th wicket to take the score along to 167.

Carters has been solid but it is Nair who has particularly impressed. The 17-year-old's composure and compact technique suggests he won't be batting at No.10 for long.

The Blues head into the final session of the day still trailing the Redbacks 131 runs.

2PM: School children from up and down the coast as far away as Byron Bay have come to watch the first class cricketers in action in Coffs Harbour today.

The kids got the opportunity to have a bit of a game on the immaculate field at C.Ex International Stadium during the lunch break.

 

LUNCH: NSW Blues slumped to 6 for 97 at lunch on day two of the Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia Redbacks at C.Ex International Stadium, Coffs Harbour.

Resuming on 1 for 31 this morning, nightwatchman Gurinder Sandhu (8) didn't last long before in form duo Kurtis Patterson (12) and Daniel Smith (32) joined him in quick succession as the Redbacks gained the ascendancy, having posted 298 on day one largely thanks to an attacking 122 from Jake Lehmann.

Tall, fast right arm quick Joe Mennie (2 for 20 off 10 overs) did the most damage for the Redbacks, including removing Smith courtesy of a fortunate catch by second slip Jake Lehmann, who regathered on his third attempt diving to his right.

The Redbacks are fielding a number of young, inexperienced players including 21-year-old leg spinner Tom Andrews, who in the second over of just his third Sheffield Shield match had Kurtis Patterson caught at short leg by another 21-year-old, Jack Weatherald, who scored 58 on debut yesterday.

Ben Rohrer (8) and Nic Maddinson attempted to rebuild but Mennie repeatedly beat the outside edge of both left handers. However, it was a change in bowling that did the trick, with Daniel Worrall finding Rohrer's  edge to hand Lehmann another catch at second slip.

Just prior to lunch Maddinson showed aggressive intent against Andrews.  But the spinner soon had his man caught at leg slip for 20.

DAY ONE: JAKE Lehmann scored a century as South Australia Redbacks posted 298 on day one of the Sheffield Shield clash at C.Ex International Stadium in Coffs Harbour today.

In contrast to his teammates, the son of Australian coach Darren Lehmann dominated the finished on 122 off just 148 balls before falling victim to NSW Blues captain and part-time spinner Nic Maddinson (2 for 10 off 4 overs).

Opener Jake Weatherald made 58 off 83 on debut while fellow rookies Alex Carey (48) and Cameron Valente (43) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

Five of the six Blues bowlers used finished with two wickets apiece, including 17-year-old spinner Ajun Nair (2 for 71 off 20.2).

The Redbacks claimed former Test opener Ed Cowan (10) late in the day to have the match evenly poised with the Blues 1 for 31 at stumps.

LIVE COVERAGE: Stay tuned to this page for DEX digital producer Bill North's (@bill_north) live rolling coverage throughout day two on Friday, including commentary, photos, videos, interviews and anecdotes. Join the discussion or make a suggestion to Northy on Twitter.



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