South Australia’s quicks secure rare Shield victory

South Australia 329 (McSweeney118, Weatherald 100, Siddle 4-59) and 238 (Drew 92, Bird 4-48) beat Tasmania 148 (Doggett 4-21) and 208 (Freeman 52, W Agar 4-32) by 211 runs

South Australia raced to their first Sheffield Shield win of the season after their pacemen ripped through Tasmania’s top order for the second time to secure a 208-run win.

Tasmania were dismissed for 208 just before stumps on day three while chasing 417 for victory at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena. Pace trio of Brendan Doggett, Wes Agar and Nathan McAndrew repeated their best form after also taking nine wickets between them in the first innings.

SA were earlier dismissed in their second innings for 236 shortly after lunch, with No. 3 Daniel Drew the top scorer.

Drew said it was “awesome” to secure such a comprehensive win.

“It is really great to get the (first) win for the season,” he said. “It has been a long time coming so it is really good to tick that one over inside three days. It was a great effort from all the boys, and the bowling group this afternoon to take 10 wickets.”

Tasmania had gone to tea at 1 for 69 in pursuit of an unlikely 417 but lost 3 for 2 straight after the break. Matthew Wade and Tim Ward had both been dropped in the slips when on 6, but were dismissed in consecutive overs by Doggett and Agar.

SA’s bowlers kept the pressure on and had the hosts 6 for 106 before Jake Doran and aggressive allrounder Jarrod Freeman held them up.

Agar came back on to clean up the tail and take his wicket tally for the Sheffield Shield season so far to 23 at an average of 27.08.

The victory will be a relief for South Australia who were fifth before the match. They have claimed four wooden spoons in the past five seasons but have now moved to mid-table. It was a deserved win by the visitors, whose batsmen and bowlers dominated.


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