South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide October 12, 2012

Butterworth takes ten in Tasmania's innings win

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Tasmania 3 for 403 dec beat South Australia 224 and 149 (Hughes 37, Butterworth 4-40) by an innings and 30 runs

Luke Butterworth's first ten-wicket match in first-class cricket ensured a crushing innings victory for Tasmania over South Australia, whose batsmen again failed at Adelaide Oval. Butterworth picked up four wickets in the second innings to add to his six from the first and ended up with match figures of 10 for 89 as the Tigers wrapped up their victory by an innings and 30 runs on the fourth day.

Most of the damage had been done in the previous three days but the Redbacks still had the slim hope of hanging on for a draw, having started the morning at 6 for 103, needing another 76 runs to make the Tigers bat again. However, Butterworth had other plans and trapped Daniel Christian lbw for 14 and removed Nathan Lyon for a golden duck next ball to take Tasmania two wickets from victory.

He missed the hat-trick but it wasn't long before his team-mates Jackson Bird and Adam Maher claimed the final two wickets to dismiss South Australia for 149. The loss has extended South Australia's drought to no wins from their past 18 Sheffield Shield matches, while Tasmania have opened their campaign with one win and one draw.

Most worrying for South Australia has been their batting. The opener Phillip Hughes, who joined the squad from New South Wales during the off-season, has top scored in three of their four innings and he is the only specialist batsman in the team to have made a Sheffield Shield half-century so far this summer. Their only other fifties have come from the wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman and the bowling allrounder Joe Mennie.

"We could easily change a couple of batsmen," Johan Botha said after his first match as captain of the Redbacks. "Guys just haven't done it in the last four innings. Strong words were spoken in there [after the match] and said that that could be it, there could be a few guys out. I'm not sure at this stage.

"We've played seven days and we've lost seven days [in the Shield this season], we haven't even been close. Maybe we should just start winning a day and take it from there."

The South Australia coach Darren Berry was even moved to write an apology to the state's fans after the loss, which was posted to South Australia's website. "As coach of the West End Redbacks, I can only apologise for our efforts this week," Berry wrote. "It was unacceptable and there have been many frank discussions in the change rooms. Our players know it is not good enough. Our coaching staff knows it is not good enough. And as fans, you know it is absolutely not good enough.

"We are only two matches into the season, but this is not the start we wanted. Our pre-season was spot-on. We played some very good cricket and all the signs were positive. So to start with two big losses is not only disappointing, it is frustrating and unacceptable for me. I want to assure you, our fans and supporters of South Australian cricket, that this team is better than what they have shown out there this week."

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  • Andrew on October 13, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @ redneck on (October 13 2012, 05:53 AM GMT) - I seriously doubt whether Lyon would get dropped, but if Botha said that, the wisdom of having a Saffa-born captain during a Saffa tour would be severely questionable!!!

  • Allan on October 13, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Hyclass honestly bud, can I ask what your issue is with one of the best young batsman in Aus in Khawaja. Seriously bud you are constantly repeating your same trigger technique on him and never talk about the shortcoming of Hughes,Marsh, Cowan or any other upcoming batsman in Aus, what's up with that.

  • Philip on October 13, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Paine for Tassie, Ludeman for SA - gee I won't have to cringe at the quality of the keeping in the ODD tomorrow! It'll make a change.

  • Mariam on October 13, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Well said Rahul_Ashok, Its Hughes who has been caught 4 times out of 4 in slips, so Hyclass should analyse his technique rather then constantly picking unfairly on Khawaja who has the most complete technique out of all the younger batsman

  • Rahul on October 13, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    @Hyclass the one batsman that gets caught behind in slips is Hughes not Khawaja, your constant repeating of this trigger movement is getting boring, it makes no sense and is not true for a batsman who has the best technique out of all the young batsman in Australia.

  • hayden on October 13, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Botha should be careful, his spot is one of the most contentious in the team. the saturday Advertiser had quoted him saying he could not guarentee lyon a spot for the upcoming matchs against Qld and Tas before the tests start vs South africa. that to me is outragous!!! we have one player in our entire squad that is in the national team set up and we are going to drop him because we dont want to play 2 spinners!!! Lyon must play every match leading up to the test series anything less and i would be accusing botha of sabataging australias test interests which is the primary reason for the shield comps existance!!! SACA and berry have rocks in their head, we have a test spinner in the state side already so why do we need a south african one to upset our bowling attack balance??? and dont say leadership ability, we had a perfectly good skipper in klinger already!!!

  • Liam on October 13, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    For someone who made 0 and 5 and took 1/60 odd Botha is talking big. Let's see him put some performances on the board before he starts shooting him mouth off about changes in the team. I don't understand why he's been parachuted in as captain. I've seem him captain 20/20's and he seems adequate, but his first class stats are average at best. So is SA going to have an ordinary first class player because he's rumored to be a good Captain.

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    I have been supporting SA for a long time and this would have to be the worst team i have seen represent us. No players with heart in the batting lineup (Jury is still out on Hughes) & Letting Cosgrove go was an absolute joke Our bowling looks feeble (Where is George?) and our skipper inst even a South Australian or even an Australian. SA missed a big boat by not appointing Darren Lehmann as the states coach, this is a guy who had a great international record and knew what it took to be successful (he won 2 world cups for gods sake) and not to mention hes probably the best batsmen the state has produced in shield cricket (could teach a thing or 2 to the guys currently representing us) but no they gave it to Berry. Changes need to be made and fast as SA's supporter base is shrinking

  • Peter on October 12, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    This is sad times for Australian cricket. We need strong shield sides all round. Looking over the scorecard, Ludeman would be the only one who could hold his head up after this match, and that is a real concern. Come on croweaters, there has to be more than this.

  • Aaron on October 12, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    South Australians, my recommendation is get behind Adelaide United otherwise you'll have a long summer with very little sporting joy. The scorecard says it all, Tasmanian bowlers took 20 wickets for 370 runs, South Australian bowlers took 2 for 400. Embarrassing...

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