SA v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide January 27, 2013

South Australia scrape home by a wicket

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 267 and 9 for 191 (Ludeman 49, Boland 3-30) beat Victoria 319 and 136 by 1 wicket

Tim Ludeman steered South Australia to the brink of victory before the opener Sam Raphael struck the winning runs, completing his gutsy return to the crease after retiring hurt earlier in the innings. Raphael had been felled by a James Pattinson bouncer on the third day and he walked out again with the total at 7 for 163, which in a chase of 189 meant both sides had strong claims to victory.

Raphael and Ludeman put on 21 runs and the Redbacks appeared to cruising by the time the score had moved on to 7 for 184, especially with Ludeman well set on 49. However, when he edged to slip off Scott Boland and was followed in the next over by the departure of Chadd Sayers, bowled through the gate by a sharp-turning offbreak from David Hussey, it left South Australia precariously placed.

The No.11, Daniel Worrall, came to the crease with two runs still needed, and while he didn't score any of them, he hung around long enough to allow Raphael to do so as the Redbacks limped over the line for a one-wicket victory. Raphael finished unbeaten on 27 when he struck the winning boundary off Boland, who finished with 3 for 30.

The South Australians had started the day at 2 for 34 and they lost key batsman and first-innings centurion Phillip Hughes for 35, lbw to John Hastings. Boland got rid of Callum Ferguson and Johan Botha from consecutive deliveries to leave the Redbacks wobbling at 5 for 82, before a steadying stand from Ludeman and Travis Head (35) got the chase back on track. Man of the Match Joe Mennie also chipped in with 17.