SA v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide February 19, 2013

Blues fight back on 15-wicket day

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 5 for 101 (Copeland 3-22) v New South Wales 157 (Haddin 56, Sayers 5-54, Mennie 4-39)

Fifteen wickets fell on a day when the ball did just enough to catch the edge, allowing New South Wales to regain ground lost earlier when bowled out for 157 by South Australia in the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.

Winning the toss and batting first, the Blues were confounded by the medium fast seamers of Chadd Sayers, who maintained his sterling form this summer by plucking 5 for 54, including the first four of the innings.

Brad Haddin mounted a partial recovery in the company of David Dawson, posting an aggressive half-century, but both were dismissed soon after lunch and SA were batting before tea.

They began uneventfully enough, Michael Klinger and Sam Raphael reaching 37 without loss, before five wickets tumbled for 14. Trent Copeland shared the wickets with Doug Bollinger, and continued to probe for further breakthroughs while Tim Ludeman and Jake Brown tried to regroup in the final hour.

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  • Luke on February 20, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @Les46 on (February 19, 2013, 22:51 GMT) Cullen Bailey has been told his contract won't be renewed. He's still very well respected in Grade cricket here, Captains a strong Glenelg team. Rumours about two leg spinners from Melbourne coming over, Muirhead one of them.

  • Luke on February 20, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (February 19, 2013, 21:43 GMT) He doesn't generally bowl 135 km/h, he has recently said that he has tried bowling a bit quicker, but think he's more around the 130 mark. While his main ball is certainly an outswinger, one don't get that many bowled/lbws without bringing one back the other way! I think most grade cricketers in SA would say he moves it both ways, as all good swing bowlers should.

  • Andrew on February 20, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    I was a big fan of Cullen Bailey, it's a shame that someone as talented as he is/was hasn't kicked on.

  • Aaron on February 20, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    @Les46, I've heard a rumour that Victorian Leggie James Muirhead is going to be recruited by SA for next season, which suggests that they don't rate Bailey over there.

  • Graham on February 20, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Les46 - Not sure what the answer is with CUllen Bailey. he was mentored for quite a few years by the late Terry Jenner and also had a bit to do with Warney whilst he was playing. Just seems leg spinning is a dying art because modern bats are going to severely punish any loose delivery. As for Putland, Mennie and Sayers as a combination. You can also add Richardson who looks the goods and Haberfield is promising bowling close to 150km/h. The redbacks after searching for quicks all over they have unearthed 4 locals and Mennie from NSW.

  • Lester on February 19, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    When Gary Putland becomes fully fit, the Redbacks will have a very potent pace attack together with Chadd Sayers and Joe Mennie. All three could wear the baggie green in the future.

    Can anyone shed any light on Cullen Bailey? (I rarely get over to Adelaide) As a potential legspinning allrounder, I have become an avid fan of his. However, it would seem to me that he needs to be motivated a little more to hang on to a permanent spot in the Redbacks Shield XI. Could a "Terry Jenner" style coach be the answer. Interested in all views...

  • Graham on February 19, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    CricketPervert - Looks like his pace is up a bit this year was at 135km/h in the recent one-day game. I would have thought he is mainly a late outswinging bowler and reading the commentary on this match all his wickets were taken with outswingers.

  • Luke on February 19, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    @ blink182alex on (February 19, 2013, 13:04 GMT) Sayers has been the most successful bowler in the Adelaide Grade cricket competition for the past 5 seasons. He is a swing bowler at around 125 km/h but moves it both ways and is a very competitive lad, exactly what the Redbacks need. You can't take 50-60 wickets a year in Grade and not eventually get a game at the higher level, just took longer than we all thought.

  • David on February 19, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    I mis-read the headline at first as "Blues fight back on day-15 wicket". Given the number of batsmen to fall, though, I wonder if that could have been true anyway?

  • Alex on February 19, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    What is Sayers' bowling like? He's numbers are very good this year considering he plays half his games on a flat Adelaide track. Haddin seems to be batting as well as he has for quite a bit, normally rescuing an innings.

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