Tom Coopercelebrates his century late on day two of the Round 7 JLT Sheffield Shield cricket match between New South Wales and South Australia.
Tom Coopercelebrates his century late on day two of the Round 7 JLT Sheffield Shield cricket match between New South Wales and South Australia. Jeremy Ng

Lismore duo lead the way in Sheffield Shield

LISMORE lads Tom Cooper and Simon Milenko have piled on the runs for South Australia and Tasmania in Sheffield Shield cricket.

Both recorded wins with Tasmania second behind competition leaders Queensland yesterday.

Cooper scored 105 not out to help South Australia to a first innings lead over New South Wales at the SCG at the weekend.

It was his 10th century in first class cricket and he brought up the ton while the Redbacks were nine wickets down.

South Australia went on to win the game by seven wickets with Cooper making a successful transition back to the longer format of the game after his Twenty20 Big Bash campaign.

He scored two half centuries playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash this season.

He was also unbeaten on 36 when the Renegades went down to eventual champions the Adelaide Strikers in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Milenko has also been a consistent performer this summer and scored 78 runs against Western Australia in their clash.

Tasmania thumped Western Australia by an innings in two-and-a-half days to boost their chances of making the Sheffield Shield final.

The Tigers needed only five wickets on the third day and took just 21.1 overs to complete the rout.

Milenko and Thomas Rogers cleaned up the tail to finish with three wickets each after Ashton Turner and Josh Inglis provided some resistance in a 109-run partnership

Both men fell to Milenko in the space of nine balls as the fast bowler finished with four wickets.

Milenko is also coming off his best season with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash.

He scored 66 not out off just 37 balls against the Perth Scorchers before the Hurricanes went on to play Adelaide in the final.



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