Australia A v South Africa A, 3rd day, Townsville August 10, 2014

SA A wrap up eight-wicket win over Australia A

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South Africa A 8 for 532 dec (Rossouw 231, Bavuma 162, Sandhu 4-77) and 2 for 18 beat Australia A 239 (Nevill 53*, Ferguson 47, de Lange 4-53) and 310 (Cooper 82, Wade 60, Harmer 3-106) by eight wickets

Half-centuries from Tom Cooper and Matthew Wade were in vain as Australia A were handed an eight-wicket defeat by South Africa A in the first four-day game in Townsville.

Although Cooper and Wade ground out half-centuries in an effort to save the game, the South Africa A bowlers kept chipping away at a line-up that was missing captain Moises Henriques, who was absent hurt.

Beginning the day at 2 for 113, Australia A needed another 180 runs to catch up with the first-innings deficit and avoid an innings defeat. Cooper and Callum Ferguson, who had shared a 62-run stand on the third evening, stretched their third-wicket partnership to 95 but both batsmen fell within 10 overs. Wade and Phil Nevill then began another rebuilding effort, with an 80-run partnership, but once Nevill was dismissed, South Africa A's bowlers wrapped up the innings quickly. By the time Australia A established a lead, they were already six wickets down and the innings ended soon after, as the side lost its last five wickets for 55 runs. Simon Harmer picked up three wickets, while Marchant de Lange and Kagiso Rabada took two apiece.

Facing a target of 18 runs, South Africa A lost openers Reeza Hendricks and David White off successive balls, but Rilee Rossouw, who set up the match for South Africa A with 231 in the first innings, ensured the side achieved the target within four overs.

The second four-day game between the two sides will begin in Townsville on August 14.

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  • Terry on August 10, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    It was as I mentioned on another story a bit of a mix and match team from Australia A. Lots of all rounders and not enough specialist batsmen. I'm guessing part of the reason is that some players you might expect to see in a genuine A team (ie the next picks after the first team) are going off to play in the ODI series in Africa and others you would LIKE to see ie Travis Head, Sam Whiteman say played in earlier games and quite rightly it may be thought that given Australia is out of season that they shouldnt be extending the cricket they are playing too much. That said having these 'winter' games in Darwin and N Qld has been useful ... as long as its not overdone. Apart from that , well done S Africa A. They dominated from day 1 and were in charge throughout.

  • dj on August 10, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Well done guys that was a great performance.

  • Thomas on August 10, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Poor show from our mob and good cricket from SA(A). Will be interesting to see if Aus(A) can show some spirit and fight back in four days time.

  • Fazal on August 10, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    This second string Australian A team deserved to lose. The whole team looked so unbalanced and some of the players selected just made up the playing eleven. Moises Henriques didn't even deserve a place in the team let alone being the captain after many failures previously for the Australian senior team in limited overs cricket. Probably the selectors didn't have much of a choice with the Australian cricket season not due to start untill October due to the winter cold. The reason why these matches are held in far North Queensland and Darwin where the winters are fairly mild.

  • Android on August 10, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Well I would like to see some of the SA A side selected for test side. .

  • rob on August 10, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    It just doesn't come any more comprehensive than that. They squashed us like bugs. .. Congrats to SA.

    Good to see Tom Cooper get some runs and Sandhu get some wickets but other than that there weren't many positives in what our boys managed. I wonder if the powers learned anything out of this little escapade.

  • Merv on August 10, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Strange selections for Australia A. No well rated bowlers from any States, and several of the batsmen has played only 5-6 first class games. Where were the better bowlers and batsmen?

  • greig on August 10, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Any moment now, Jamie Moheghan will come on here and congratulate SA on a fine victory. Any moment.

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Well done South Africa A on the victory

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