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October 12, 2012
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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