South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide October 11, 2012

Tigers push for innings victory

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South Australia 224 (Ludeman 86, Ferguson 48, Butterworth 6-49) and 6 for 103 trail Tasmania 3 for 403 dec (Doolan 149, Cosgrove 104, Ponting 85*) by 76 runs

Tasmania were held up momentarily by a rearguard from Tim Ludeman and Chadd Sayers yet still ended day three within touching distance of an innings victory over South Australia in the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.

SA closed at 6 for 103, still 76 runs short of making the Tigers bat again. They had resumed at 7 for 93, and were pushed to 224 by Ludeman, who managed his highest first-class score and added a doughty 107 for the ninth wicket with Sayers after Nathan Lyon departed early on.

However the hold up did not dissuade Tasmania's captain Tim Paine from enforcing the follow-on, and he was to be rewarded with another flurry of wickets.

Jackson Bird struck twice with the new ball, while Phillip Hughes fended an edge to Ricky Ponting in the slips from the bowling of Luke Butterworth for the second time in the match.

Johan Botha managed just five to go with a first innings duck, leaving Ludeman back at the crease at the close with the last recognised batsman Dan Christian.

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  • Philip on October 12, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Yes,@Meety, Ludeman has been a quality gloveman for some time. His batting, however, still needs consistency, but he's younger than he looks, he definitely has the right attitude and a sound technique, so No 8 is not his long-term spot. He is definitely one for SA to perservere with and is the one obvious bright spot from their Tassie debacle. As for their captaincy, they need that up-and-running on all cylinders as soon as possible, or they won't reach their potential again this season (yes, I do think they have some).

  • Andrew on October 12, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    @Chris_P on (October 11 2012, 21:19 PM GMT) - I am very dissappointed that Lyon didn't get a 2nd innings opportunity on this pitch. I would be surprised if George isn't back for their next game, I think they certainly missed him at the Gabba. I thought the Sth Ozzys bowled well at the start of the day in their two games, but unravelled throughout the day/innings, which COULD be put down to Lyon's captaincy in Brisbane & Botha's debut @ Adelaide - having only just gotten back from SL. A while back I expressed surprise at Ludeman making an Ozzy XI v India at the start of last summer & had a few people chip me & say he is actually quite talented. I had no real opinion on him until now, I think it takes a bit of ticker to do what he did. Big opportunity for Christian to show some of the form he had this time last year, at the moment in FC cricket, I would have Henriques over him, (even Hopes & Hastings & AB Mac), so hoping he pull his finger out here!

  • Peter on October 11, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    @Meety. Rain won't save what he has contributed to date. Disappointing barely covers it, but he wasn't alone. To date, it appears Qld, NSW & Victoria have set the pace, Tassy is close behind them while there is a yawning gap to the crow-eaters & sand-gropers. I hope the others states get up to the top 3 to ensure a strong standard throughout. Having said that, last year I sat through some of the worst NSW performances ever, so things can be turned around. Still concerned about Lyons.

  • Rahul on October 11, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @Macca_mat yes Hughes got out in slips again but give him 1-2 shield seasons to get that right, but he needs to spend the time in a few shield seasons to show he has fixed this technique

  • Andrew on October 11, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Rain is about the only thing that could save Botha's Shield debut from being a farce!

  • Mariam on October 11, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Disappointing to see Hughes get out in slips again, the positive out of this is that he is young and can continue to work on his technique as he is a promising batsman.

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