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Welcome to test 3 of the MacRobertson Shield. Australia are the only team unbeaten after two tests and are playing the winless USA in the final round, while on paper, NZ is fighting it out against England for the silver medal. However, teams on paper don't always go to plan and anything can happen. Players are currently completing their warm up. It's another lovely day in Palm Springs and I can't see a cloud in the sky. The weather is expected to get even hotter this week and could reach close to 40 degrees, so it will be a real test for the players.
Chapman/Hakes vs Mulliner/Patel are on the top lawns.
Hogan/Shilling vs Maugham/Hopgood are on the top lawns on the feature lawn for those who want to watch online.
Clarke/Tahurangi vs Death/Burch are on the bottom lawns so there will be less commentary for this match, but I'll try and provide updates.
30 Apr 2017 7:27AM (Tournament); 11 Readers
A bit of an interactive start.. I see Hogan has a clip on h2 and Maugham now has first break
30 Apr 2017 8:04AM (Tournament); 23 Readers
I'll go for a little wander to see what leave he's making
30 Apr 2017 8:10AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Had a question from one of our followers "I've heard Mark Avery has a new mallet. What does he think of it?" I can confirm that this is true, but I've heard he's having mixed results with his stop shots. Had a great start to the season though
30 Apr 2017 8:11AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Maugham hasn't had an ideal finish to his turn..
30 Apr 2017 8:14AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
He popped Hogan to h3 and was going to have Hogan just off the EB level with 4, Shilling on the WB peg high and I think was going to lay up in c2. Instead, croqueted Shillings h1 ball off the WB when he was getting a rush on partner. This left shilling a 5 yarder for the break which he has hit
30 Apr 2017 8:16AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Shilling is filling his boots on lawn 4.. just ran h3 and in control
30 Apr 2017 8:23AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Completed his leave.. either Hoppy hit/Hogan made an error as Hoppy is now on a delayed TP
30 Apr 2017 8:55AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Standard TP* 4b peel completed after h4
30 Apr 2017 8:57AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Hoppy completes and ENG are game up
30 Apr 2017 9:47AM (Tournament); 23 Readers
Hoppy has first break in G2
30 Apr 2017 9:47AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Something happened and Hogan is on the lawn.. my guess is that Hoppys clip is not on 4b
30 Apr 2017 9:57AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Hogan is hampered out of h1 and doesn't look like he can hit the reception ball
30 Apr 2017 9:58AM (Tournament); 24 Readers
Hogan and Hoppy h2
Shilling on 4b
Dave currently on a TPO with 4b ball in the jaws
30 Apr 2017 11:01AM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Dame completes the TPO and is having the balls in c3 and c4
30 Apr 2017 11:15AM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Hogan takes contact from the ball in c4 and rolls this to h5 going to the ball at c3. Then misses his 10 yarder into the corner
30 Apr 2017 11:20AM (Tournament); 30 Readers
Hoppy now up to 2b
30 Apr 2017 11:58AM (Tournament); 11 Readers
Very good turn from Hoppy so far
30 Apr 2017 12:01PM (Tournament); 10 Readers
Started with a rush to h4 from near c3
2balled to 3b so far and gets a forward rush.. 3rd ball in c3
Approach out c3 getting in front of 4b balls short and retires to c4
30 Apr 2017 12:03PM (Tournament); 8 Readers
4b and peg plays 3 alone
30 Apr 2017 12:03PM (Tournament); 9 Readers
Hogan has a 4y lift.. cuts this to h2
30 Apr 2017 12:06PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Makes h2 but gets a rush pointing at c3 rather than h2
30 Apr 2017 12:07PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Plays a good cut, average approach to h3, but runs through it
Slightly hampered and rushes to halfway between 3 and 4. Rolls to the ball in c4.. has a 5 yarder..
30 Apr 2017 12:08PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
1/2 balls it. Big shot here
Leaves himself a 4 yard h4..
30 Apr 2017 12:09PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Maybe its 3
30 Apr 2017 12:09PM (Tournament); 13 Readers
Laptop about to die... I'll plug it in and update as soon as I can
30 Apr 2017 12:10PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
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