SA v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide February 20, 2013

Redbacks glimpse 3-day win over Blues

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New South Wales 157 and 7 for 141 (Sayers 3-19, Mennie 3-37) lead South Australia 240 (Brown 65, Ludeman 60, Bollinger 4-77, Copeland 4-56) by 58 runs

South Australia's tail wagged all the the way to a significant first innings lead before Chadd Sayers and Joe Mennie again confounded the New South Wales batsmen to leave the Redbacks glimpsing victory after day two of the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.

Jake Brown and Tim Ludeman both made half-centuries for the hosts to collect first innings points, then Mennie and Sayers added critical lower order runs to stretch the advantage - something the SA lower order has commonly struggled to do in tight situations.

Batting a second time, the Blues were quickly in the mire, Sayers repeating his success on the first morning and Mennie following up. A quartet of starts followed in the NSW middle order, Peter Nevill getting as far as 36, but regular wickets kept SA on course for an outright win.

The Redbacks' only concern arrived late in the day when it was revealed Sayers had complained of discomfort around his ribs, leaving him a doubtful member of the bowling attack on day three.

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  • Graham on February 21, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Ygkd- Are you saying that a bloke that took 8 wickets (at an average of 9 per wicket) was not the bloke that won the game for SA and doesnt deserve man of the match. His batting figures ar not needed as 8/73 is awesome. Wicket keepers are there to do there job, if they take a simple catch well that catch is due to the bowler creating the wicket. You will never get man of the match for taking easy catches as simply they should be taken. Yes his 60 was great and needed but Sayers performance clearly puts him well above the field in this match.

  • Philip on February 21, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    If it seems I've been going on about nothing, I'd be interested in the statistics of MOM awards. Keepers are one eleventh of their team. They should, realistically, get about one eleventh of the MOM awards. I doubt they'd get anywhere near that number and those that they do get are almost entirely for making a hundred. The exceptions would most likely be record-breaking wicket-taking hauls with the gloves and how many of those will we ever see?

  • Philip on February 21, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Well done to the Redbacks and to Chadd Sayers for his MOM contribution, but without wanting to take anything away from that obviously excellent performance (8 wickets including a 5-for plus 24 with the bat in a low-scoring game) it would be fair to say that the wickie might have missed out. Nine catches, close to the highest score (60) in the first dig and back out there to see the winning runs across the boundary. Makes one wonder what he'd have to do to get a MOM? A century and a Shield record wicket-keeping haul? Oh, I see. He let through as many as 2 byes in the entire match. That must be the problem! No clean sheet! Seriously, I've long thought MOMs should be renamed BoBOM - Batsman or Bowler of the Match! 'Cause keepers hardly ever get 'em. And the Redbacks have the best in the country, which isn't doing their bowlers any harm at all.

  • Andrew on February 21, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Sth Oz will limp home, but I will be fascinated to see the stumping by Haddin off Copeland!!!!!!!!

  • Andrew on February 21, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    @CricketPervert on (February 20, 2013, 9:14 GMT) - be interesting, he has gone off the boil & Lehman is probably the best State Coach around atm. QLD really need a decent opener, & whilst Hopes is still playing, Christian (IMO), would be surplus as Hopes is far more productive (albeit heaps older).

  • Luke on February 20, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @Meety on (February 20, 2013, 8:51 GMT) Great to see Sayers and Mennie both doing well. Both down to earth lads who don't carry the egos of most young cricketers. Smart money would say DC is going to QLD?

  • Andrew on February 20, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Good effort from the redbacks!

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