Sheffield Shield, New South Wales v South Australia March 16, 2013

Sandhu, Hazlewood set up NSW win

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 2 for 91(Maddinson 41*) and 219 (O'Keefe 46, Sayers 5-53) beat South Australia 182 (Botha 53, Sandhu 4-58) and 127 (Sandhu 3-20, Hazlewood 3-35) by 8 wickets

Gurinder Sandhu and Josh Hazlewood gave New South Wales a chance of reaching the Sheffield Shield final by routing South Australia's batting to set up an eight-wicket victory for the Blues inside three days at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The result pushes the Blues momentarily to the top of the Shield table, but they may be passed by Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia or Queensland pending the outcomes of the two remaining matches.

SA resumed with six wickets in hand and a lead they hoped to build on, but the Redbacks were unable to organise any real resistance from the moment Jake Brown fell to Gurinder Sandhu without addition to his overnight score.

The hosts were left with a mere 91 to get and marched to their target swiftly, aided by a flashy 41 from Nic Maddinson that featured five sixes. SA's only consolation after losing their final two games outright to slip from contention was Chadd Sayers' competition-leading tally of 48 wickets.

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  • Satish on March 17, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Gurinder Singh Sandhu should be pick for OZ team for Ashes along with Chad Sayers these two bowling in tandem will be awesome.But not to say that is completely impossible as 10 tests and a few one dayers are filled in rest of the season for OZ to go along with the Champion's Trophy.So a few new guys here and there is a must.Faulkner,Ahmed,O'Keefe,Doolan,Paine,Fergie and D Huss should be called up for national duty as well in any formats.Maxwell can dwell in ipl is he even makes in playing 11 in a star studied MI team(still wonder how he made a test debut???).Hell he should be just happy for his million dollars for doing absolutely nothing good on him.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Great final day of the Sheffield Shield rounds. Every team except SA can play and even HOST the final. Sure beats watching the Test's in India

  • Peter on March 16, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @John Verdal. Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, NSW are currently leading but could well miss out even playing in the final should there be outright results in the other 2 games. But, great work by the back-up Blues, depth is what gives you the chance of getting to this point & the Blues certainly have it with 7 members of the Aussie from NSW showing the value of quality back-up players. (Should be 8 with SOK).

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    i cant believe nsw are in shield final. nsw batting has been absoultely terrible. they must thank gurinder sandhu and okeefe for some good form with the ball otherwise they would have been bottom of the table.

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Well Done Gurinderr- we are proud of of you

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