SA v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide January 26, 2013

Mennie gives Redbacks hope of victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 267 (Sheridan 4-49) and 2 for 34 need another 155 runs to beat Victoria 319 and 136 (Mennie 6-43)

The South Australia fast bowler Joe Mennie sparked a Victorian batting collapse that left South Australia with a reasonable chance of victory at stumps on the third day at Adelaide Oval. Chasing 189, the Redbacks went to the close at 2 for 34 with first-innings centurion Phillip Hughes on 17, having just survived a dropped catch at slip and having also lost his partner, the nightwatchman Nathan Lyon, lbw to Will Sheridan for a duck.

It left South Australia needing another 155 runs for victory, their chase having begun poorly with the loss of opener Michael Klinger lbw to James Pattinson for 2. There was another problem for South Australia, though, as Klinger's opening partner Sam Raphael was forced to retire hurt on 11 after being struck on the helmet by a Pattinson bouncer.

The loss of two Redbacks late in the afternoon meant 14 wickets had fallen during the day, beginning with the final two wickets of South Australia's first innings. Sheridan finished with 4 for 49 as the Redbacks were bowled out for 267, conceding first-innings points to the Victorians, but Mennie and Chadd Sayers made sure the lead didn't grow too much in the second innings.

Chris Rogers (25) and Rob Quiney (14) put on 43 for the opening wicket but after that the wickets tumbled, including David Hussey for 8. It wasn't a good match for Hussey, who was hoping to impress ahead of the Test tour of India: in the first innings he managed only 1 and he was the fieldsman responsible for dropping Hughes off Sheridan late in the day.

Pattinson was the top scorer for Victoria with 33 as their batsmen struggled to handle Mennie, who finished with the outstanding figures of 6 for 43 from 21 overs to add to his three wickets in the first innings. Sayers, who had taken six in the first innings, took a secondary role this time with 2 for 42 from his 23 overs.

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  • Philip on January 27, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    The best thing that could have happened to Nathan Lyon, Australia and Victoria would have been the dropping of Matty Wade back to the Sheffield Shield. Victoria can't win the Shield without Wade. They need his batting, but they more desperately need all of Handscomb's batting potential too. They have no spinners to speak of, so glovework is no issue. The other states in the running have no problems with Hartley, Paine and Ludeman staying out of the national set-up, while NSW has a decent-enough back-up to Haddin. Still, you reap what you sow. I believe Victoria have over-sold Wade's ability and may yet pay for it this season, by missing him at a crucial time.

  • Christopher on January 27, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Sth Aus will do exceptionally well to make the remaining runs.There is some evidence from the reducing tier of scores that making over 150 in the last innings will be a significant test.With respect to Hussey, i hold him in high esteem as many others do, given a tremendous career record. There are those that consider his numbers bloated by CC but a review of his Shield record quickly dispels that myth.I believe that while he has demonstrated a unique capacity for missing his opportunities, were he to go to India, he would be a tremendous asset. His omission from the ODI side suggests the selectors believe otherwise.With respect to Hughes,I have long regarded him the best batsman of his generation but believe the modifications to his game that have encouraged him to play more leg-side have also made him more prone to edging the swinging ball. Leg side players usually look to get outside the line of the ball to cover swing. Hughes is an off-side player looking to adapt,leaving a weakness

  • Philip on January 27, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - more than happy to agree on this one. The Redbacks' bowling has been under-estimated. As you say, they do not have a helpful track but have consistently found form. A maturing Ludeman behind the stumps has also made a difference (I think he snagged 6 of the 20 wickets caught behind) as has better fielding. For too long they couldn't catch a cold in a kindergarten. That said though, the SA attack found 10 bowleds and lbws this game, so they're obviously aiming enough good balls at the stumps and that will work on most pitches. Good luck to them on their run chase. I may be a Victorian, but I still think the Redbacks deserve to beat the Bushrangers. As for the Bushrangers, i still think they should take the gloves off Handscomb and play him as a batsman. They're not getting the best out of him as it is. They need him making hundreds. A loss in this match would surely prove the fragility in the Vics' batting needs to be addressed. They are not yet assured a top-two finish.

  • Graham on January 26, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    VivGIlchrist - You make good points I would consider myself biased since being a SOuth Australian. These players in particularly the last 3-4 games have bowled really well, Mennie exceptional figures here havent seen a lot of him but although his results are good here you would think that Pattinson is a class above him. Sayers - its taken South Australia a long time to pick him thinking his pace isnt up to shield class yet he sits here with 30 wickets at an average of 20 which is outstanding. Again you would think he is not quick enough to play for Australia. Putland I think has a lot to offer and Richardson was fast tracked by Australia in the one-day internationals before they discovered his run-up issues. There statistics are outstanding, led by Sayers but I would consider they are quite a fair way back in the Australian queue behind Pattinson, Siddle, Bird, Hilfenhaus, Johnson, Starc and Harris.

  • Basil on January 26, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    If SA batsmen are scrutinised harder because the play more on Adelaide Oval, should SA bowlers be given more consideration for bowling on a dead track? Mennie, Sayers, Putland, and Richardson have bowled brilliantly this season without the aid of half there games being at Bellerieve or the Gabba.

  • Phil on January 26, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Yes unfortunately that should be the end for David Hussey who is averaging 12 in shield now. Victoria is very lukcy to have 2 of the best fast bowlers in Australia in Siddle and Pattinson. Siddle's bowling average just so happens to be better than all English bowlers except Steve Finn. He's also been a dominant force leading Australia's attack for 12 months. The ICC ranks Siddle the 5th best test bowler in the world, ahead of any English bowler.Pattinson is fit and firing. Took 2-30 odd yesterday for Victoria and is ready to go. He's had a couple of little injury set backs but is far from injury prone. I am not worried about our bowling, its our batting that needs strengthening and Khawaja will be a great addition as he has not only scored heavily but scored in tough conditions. Hughes form continues to impress me and not much needs to be said there. Interesting to hear that Watto wants to bowl in the ashes, i think that's a wise move and he needs to use the swing conditions there.

  • Lewis on January 26, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Not a good game for David Hussey, 2 failed innings and a dropped catch, though i feel sorry for him because he travelled early on Wednesday to play the match and had to bat with a few hours sleep. Shame he wasn't able to make the best of his opportunity today. Khawaja was already a firm favorite but it may allow a Smith or O Keefe to take the spot that David Hussey was going to take.

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