Victoria v SA, Sheffield Shield, MCG November 26, 2012

Putland takes 12 in big Redbacks win

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 443 and 1 for 36 beat Victoria 346 and 132 (Handscomb 50, Putland 5-28, Sayers 4-50) by 9 wickets

Gary Putland took 12 wickets for the match as South Australia cruised to their first Sheffield Shield win at the MCG since 1998. Victoria began the day at 6 for 86 and they added another 46 runs for the loss of their final four wickets, leaving the Redbacks a chase of 36 that they completed for the loss of only one wicket.

Peter Handscomb (50) provided the main resistance for the Bushrangers but they had no real answers to Putland, who picked up 5 for 28 in the second innings to add to his first-innings figures of 7 for 64. Chadd Sayers was also important for the Redbacks and collected 4 for 50 in the second innings, to finish with six victims for the game.

The only wicket South Australia lost in the chase was that of opener and first-innings centurion Phillip Hughes, who was caught behind off Jayde Herrick for 8. Sam Raphel (10 not out) and Michael Klinger (18 not out) got the Redbacks to their target with no further damage.

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  • Rahul on November 26, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @Baresy444 Hughes is a opening batsman, Khawaja would be a better option in the middle order and Hughes is the best option for the opening slot. Lets not put players where they don't belong.

  • Brenton on November 26, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Give Hughes a go in the Sri Lanks series. Bat him at 6 if you have to with Clarke and Hussey moving up 1 position. Hughes needs to be persisted with and a top order spot will open at some stage. Hughes will be better than Hayden and will rival ponting at the end of his career. He's already passed 80 four times so far this Shield season, 95, 82, 92 & 158. Lets not forget the runs he's making in the 50 over game.

  • Luke on November 26, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Great to see that Berry's disciplined approach is paying off. With Dan Christian and an in form Tom Cooper playing Grade cricket, competition for spots are the highest for a long long time in SA.

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