WA v SA, Sheffield Shield, Perth November 9, 2013

Sayers bowls South Australia to victory

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South Australia 222 and 326 beat Western Australia 230 and 210 (Whiteman 47*, Sayers 4-34, Lawford 3-41) by 108 runs

Chadd Sayers bowled South Australia to victory over Western Australia with a spell of 3 for 1 from seven overs on the final day in Perth. Set 319 to win, the Warriors had made a solid start and were 2 for 109 when Sayers began to cause problems, removing John Rogers for 31, Will Bosisto for a duck and Cameron Bancroft for 35 in his pre-lunch spell.

That left Western Australia wobbling at 5 for 114 and although Sam Whiteman added an unbeaten 47 from 40 deliveries, the Warriors never recovered from the mini-collapse. Sayers returned to claim the final wicket, that of Michael Hogan for 15, to dismiss Western Australia for 210 and wrap up a 108-run South Australian victory.

Sayers, who played for Australia A during the year and could be an outside chance for a call-up at some point during the Ashes, finished the innings with 4 for 34 and seven wickets for the match. The debutant fast bowler Trent Lawford collected 3 for 41 to add to his two wickets from the first innings.

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  • rob on November 11, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    I guess this thread is dead but here goes anyway.

    @ Mitty2: I've been trying to tell everyone about Ludeman for a while now. He's a great technician as far as my laymans knowledge of keeping can tell. Very neat and super sharp down the leg side to the spinners which is where I reckon the also rans start to trip up.

    @ Shaggy076: Agree about Ludemans batting. It needs to be more reliable. He's young enough to work on his batting and if he gets it right, he's a serious contender for the keepers job in a year or two in my book.

    @ VivGilchrist: Good point and it holds true while ever the ball is swinging. It's when it starts to come down gun barrel straight it can be a problem. Having said that, I've got to admit that Sayer's seems to be able to keep a decent shape at most of our grounds judging by his record. Besides, 135 k isn't dead set slow anyway.

  • Michael on November 10, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Does anyone know where Putland is? He, Sayers, and Mennie did brilliantly last season together.

  • Graham on November 10, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Mitty2; I believe Ludeman along with Hartley are comfortable the best two glovemen in Australia. Ludeman needs some cosistency with the bat though.

  • Hamish on November 10, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    @shaggy, well that's better news! I was only guessing. Since when do keepers keep up to the stumps for 135km/h bowlers anyway? Ludeman must be a hell of a keeper! (I guess that's why he has that baseball stopper helmet)

  • Basil on November 10, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Surely it's about taking wickets? There's no point bowling at 145+ and spraying them everywhere. If you have a guy that bowls 130, swings it, and takes wickets, then what's the problem? Who cares if the 'keeper sometimes stands up to the stumps? If anything, there's more chance of trapping them plumb in front. I think Sayers would add some variety to the attack, and above all ... HE TAKES WICKETS.

  • Graham on November 10, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Mitty2 - In the Ryobi games I watched him last season he bowled around 135k/hr. The keeper doesnt start up the stumps but he is skiddy and at times will try and trap the batsman on the crease and bowl at the stumps this is when Ludeman comes up to the stumps. He has 10 k/hr on Copeland but less height.

  • Hamish on November 9, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker's right. Watching Copeland throw them at that pace was not good to watch, and you can't imagine Sayers having as much penetration as Cutting. Although there was a really good article about Sayers at Adelaide oval repeatedly hitting the top of off stump in beating the outside edge. Not too sure on this one, although I'd prefer Sayers to MJ

  • Hamish on November 9, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    @dunger.bob, he's a pure swing bowler and bowls it around 125-130. Often has Ludeman standing at the stumps to him if it's not doing much - he's obviously a gun at FC level but I'm not sure at such pace. He definitely should've played in England however.

  • Eddie on November 9, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Sayers has had an excellent start to his shield career and I don't always think pace means everything but in his case and someone like Copeland they are just too slow. Cant have a bowler who has the keeper up to the stumps as a test fast bowler. Already have one of those in all rounder Watson. For me Ben Cutting is the one who would come in if the three picked test bowlers drop out. He is an excellent fielder, big hitter and as shown today good bowler with just enough pace

  • Eden on November 9, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Go the Chad! Hope he gets a look in for the ashes Siddle, Harris, Lyon and Sayers would be a good combination.

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