South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 3rd day March 13, 2011

Tasmania earn home Sheffield Shield final

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Tasmania 124 and 6 for 373 (Kruger 147, Doolan 122) beat South Australia 298 and 198 by four wickets

Twin centuries to Nick Kruger and Alex Doolan have secured a home Sheffield Shield final for Tasmania after they completed a come-from-behind victory over South Australia in Adelaide. The Tigers will host New South Wales in the decider, which starts on Thursday, despite having been bundled out for 124 in their first innings against the Redbacks.

Tasmania then needed an outright win to guarantee them a Hobart final, and at 1 for 0 chasing 373 it looked far from likely. But Kruger posted his second century in consecutive matches, with 147, while Doolan picked up 122 in their second-wicket partnership of 258.

The South Australia legspinner Cullen Bailey, playing his second Sheffield Shield match of the summer, collected two wickets as the Redbacks made a late fightback, but Mark Cosgrove (43 not out) saw the Tigers home with Xavier Doherty (21 not out). South Australia finished last on the table, with only one win for the season.

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  • Andrew on March 16, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    @ ryan2007 - I hope Clark does NOT retire yet. The grilling Clark has given batsmen all year is an important step in their schooling. The wickets have not flowed for Stuey - but gee he has been tight, this seems to have rubbed off on Copeland. @Woody111 - is the talent base in Adelaide good enough? Are there good players not getting picked from Grade? I think Richardson is a Blue Chip find & George is pretty good too. As far as I'm concerned the Shield comp is purely to blood players for Test action, so I don't get to fired up about interstate results. I just love looking for green shoots coming thru, & I think there a quite a few coming thru from all the states!

  • Ryan on March 14, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    I see your point Woody, unless it's elite talent really. Cosgrove went the other way and has rejuventued himself little. SA or anyone else should go after some of the NSW bowling talent (coming from a Qlder)... They can't fit all of Hazlewood, Starc (when both are fit), Cummins, Bills, Doran, etc Abbott, though more of a all-rounder 7 I think... Clark, pretty much going to retire soonish, and think he picked up an injury.

    Australia's future looks bright if the lot under 21 fulfill their potential!

  • Luke on March 14, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    It's enough to warrant throwing back one's SACA membership. I was at Adelaide Oval for the last two hours of day 2 to watch SA bowl out Tas and proceed to watch us lose 5 wickets for 60 odd. If SA can't find desire to spend time at the crease when we should have taken the game completely away from Tas then there's no point showing up next season. This was the most toothless way to finish the season and see Manou retire from the game. Blokes leaving balls hitting off stump, opening the gate to let the ball through on a perfect deck is just not good enough. It was like watching myself bat out there it was that awful. If SACA thinks the answer is just to import more 2nd 11 players from interstate rather than using our district system to blood new talent forget sharing the oval with football. Just give SANFL the ground and cricket can be played at Henley oval. The way SA is playing shield cricket is too embarrassing to be seen at such a venue as Adelaide Oval.

  • Andrew on March 14, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    LOL! Tasmania v Sth Oz AND we get a comment about team India. I wonder if I say that SRT is not as good as Lara will that get a bite????

    Glad to see Bailey do okay - probably another wicket would of been better. What to do with the spinners Sth Oz have - Bailey, Lyons, Cullen & O'Brien????

    Where was Richardson?

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2011, 17:18 GMT


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