Victoria v SA, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne December 8, 2015

South Australia cruise to eight-wicket win

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 199 and 2 for 145 (Cooper 54) beat Victoria 180 and 163 (Mennie 4-55, Worrall 3-44, Sayers 3-61) by 8 wickets
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Joe Mennie has 24 wickets so far this Sheffield Shield season (file photo) © Getty Images

South Australia made light work of their chase of 145, cruising to an eight-wicket victory on the third day against Victoria at the MCG. In a low-scoring game on a greenish pitch, the target could have proven challenging but opener Tom Cooper set up the innings with 54 from 64 deliveries and Callum Ferguson (43 not out) and Travis Head (24 not out) brought it home.

The only two wickets to fall were Mark Cosgrove, caught behind off Chris Tremain for 19, and Cooper, who was caught at gully off John Hastings. The Bushrangers had started the morning at 6 for 123 and added 40 runs for the loss of their last four wickets, with Joe Mennie (4 for 55) and Chadd Sayers (3 for 61) finishing off the tail.

The win was not enough for South Australia to bump Victoria out of top place on the Sheffield Shield table, though the teams remain in the top two positions. Mennie also moved to the top of the Shield wicket tally, with 24 at 18.87 so far this summer.

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