South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide October 10, 2012

Butterworth destroys hapless Redbacks

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South Australia 7 for 93 (Ferguson 48, Butterworth 5-29) trail Tasmania 3 for 403 dec (Doolan 149, Cosgrove 104, Ponting 85*) by 310 runs

Luke Butterworth ensured that South Australia's miserable Sheffield Shield form continued at Adelaide Oval, where they collapsed to be 7 for 93 at stumps on the second day. It was an especially disappointing result for the Redbacks after Tasmania piled up 3 for 403 in their first innings, before declaring with Ricky Ponting within sight of a century, on 85, as rain affected the early part of the day.

Gary Putland removed Alex Doolan for 149 and Tasmania added 49 to their overnight total before the declaration came. But the Redbacks immediately found the going tough when it was their turn to bat as Butterworth struck twice in the third over of the innings, getting rid of Phillip Hughes and Tom Cooper, before Sam Miller (23) and Callum Ferguson (48) rebuilt with a 65-run stand.

However, they were the only two South Australians to reach double-figures by the close of play, as Butterworth and James Faulkner ran through the middle order. Butterworth finished with 5 for 29 and Faulkner had 2 for 10, and by stumps South Australia were staring at yet another potential defeat.

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  • Christopher on October 11, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @ Viv_Gilchrist...its salient that on a pitch where one attack takes only 2 wickets, another already has 16 for fewer runs. The Adelaide pitch may be unhelpful to bowlers, but the disparity should never be that great. In my estimation, there is a fundamental failure of administration & leadership in Sth Aus & Botha's inclusion has a high probability of failure. The issues with Hughes should not be exposed on this kind of wicket. DeCosta,his mentor discusses Hughes being pushed to modify his game & preparation, prior to the '09 Eng Lions match where he first showed fragility. His preceding 10 matches gather 1637 runs & 8 x 100's on 3 continents at 96. His unorthodoxy was his ace. He had a peerless match plan, very quick hands & feet & his trigger back foot movement to leg opened up scoring options that no longer exist & left him side on. His bat orientation allowed him longer to sight & strike the ball outside off. Now he's front on,his feet & hands look slow & he continues to edge.

  • Basil on October 11, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    As a South Australian I can only shake my head. Our Shield team is a laughing stock and has been for a long time. Games v SA should not be given first-class status as all that they seem to do is over-inflate the oppositions stats.

  • Guy on October 11, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    ... I should add... Cutting, M.Marsh and Coulter-Nile could feature in the baggy green *IF* they can get their core discipline up to scratch. All three seem well off the mark in that respect at the moment, but will come in to the reckoning quickly if they hit form.

  • Guy on October 11, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    @katandthat and others, certainly Butterworth is an excellent cricketer, but you have to be careful with bits and pieces cricketers at Test level. Is he really anywhere near either Australia's best 6 batsmen or best 4 bowlers? I'd say no. In that respect, he's not unlike another Tasmanian from a decade or so ago - Shaun Young. Great Shield cricketer, but not really cut out for Test cricket. In my mind, Steve Smith, Henriques, McDonald, Hopes, Christian and others fit that bits and pieces mould. On the other hand, I think genuine batsmen who can bowl a bit (think Steve or Mark Waugh, or Shane Watson) or genuine bowlers who are handy bats (think Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson) are real assets. Based on this logic, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitch Marsh and Ben Cutting are 'all-round' cricketers who could feature in the baggy green, but the others are probably limited to limited overs stuff, at best (open-minded about James Faulkner though)

  • darcy on October 11, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Butterworth is a seriously classy batsman , heaps of time and ive not seen many beeter players driving the ball either side of mid-on , a sure sign of quality. His battings as good , probably better than Hopes , Faulkner , Hastings and these guys. Zippy , genuine new ball seamer and a very modest individual , absolutely agree with the county cricket comment , he would be a sensation.

  • Simon on October 11, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Tassie really are one of the best sides in the comp these days, a far cry from a decade ago. I don't know how SA are going to turn this all around. They produce the players, and are quite strong on paper. But they just don't seem to produce the goods on the pitch, where it counts. They need to transplant their one day form to the longer format.

  • Garry on October 10, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Really happy to see Butterworth do well, he's a great cricketer and deserves to have a crack at higher honours. Couldn't believe he didn't make the A tour to england. Can bowl anywhere including the new ball, has scored shield hundreds and can field anywhere including slips and has a handy FC record to show for. Hastings has made a good return to form from injury but it'd be good to see what Luke can do also at the next level. We have some good all-rounders in FC like Hopes & McDonald and ones who will hopefully continue to improve like Henriques, M Marsh, N C-N, Sheridan, Cutting, Christian, Faulkner.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    if this keeps going for South Australia the ACB will take away our shield status.South Australia is a laughing stock

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Ponting on the verge of ton? Is SA THAT bad an attack? Jason Krejza might have fancied his chances at a ton too..

  • Ajay on October 10, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Lucky Australian cricket fans, atleast they were able to watch Ricky Play. Poor me!

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