South Australia v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide March 10, 2013

Last pair takes Western Australia to unlikely win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 235 (Hussey 99*, Botha 5-59) and 9 for 211 (Harris 74, Hogan 47*) beat South Australia 248 (Ferguson 63, Brown 55, Hogan 5-40) and 193 (Ludeman 57, Agar 5-65)

Michael Hogan and Ashton Agar conjured a last-wicket stand of 68 to deliver an extraordinary victory to Western Australia over South Australia in the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.

The Warriors appeared down for the count at 9 for 143 chasing 207 to win, but Hogan and Agar each completed outstanding allround displays to lift the visitors to 26 points on the Shield table, level with SA and two points behind the leaders Victoria with one round remaining.

It was WA's second remarkable turnaround in recent weeks, having been bowled out for 97 by Tasmania and then chased down a distant fourth innings target at home, and demonstrated how the team's spirit and character have improved with Justin Langer as coach, Adama Voges as captain and Michael Hussey as senior pro.

Resuming at 4 for 50, the Warriors made a strong start, Marcus Harris and Mitchell Marsh reducing the requirement in some style on a wearing pitch. But Marsh's contentious run-out - the batsman unhappy to see the umpire's raised finger after diving for his crease - swung the momentum of the morning.

Harris was removed by Tim Ludeman's grand diving catch off Joe Mennie, the first of four wickets to fall for 11 runs and so leave Agar with only Hogan for company.

But as he had done in the first innings, Hogan struck cleanly, while Agar continued to demonstrate rare composure for one so young. SA had a few half chances, but the WA pair were able to close in quickly, Hogan ending the contest with the flourish of a straight six.

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  • Bryn on March 11, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    mitch marsh and agar should be in india

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    This is superb!! Well done boys...let's hope the West Australian batting order really matures at the right time in a few days time and we book a finals berth!! The youngsters really stood up in this game, besides Hussey who rescued us in the first dig! Marcus Harris, Mitch Marsh, Sam Whiteman and Agar all played huge roles for us and I reckon they'll each be playing for Australia within next two years at test level:)

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    Serious deja vu here. Hoges has done this sort of thing before in Grade cricket. He once went in @ 9 down with 1 over remaining, 5 to win and the District Club Championship on the line...and hit a six.

  • Roo on March 11, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    Really exciting game that could have easily gone either way - its no good bagging teams when cricket is surely the winner in these matches...

    SA are obviously sorely missing a "Christian" type player - Dan has really gone off the boil this season, as have a number of their regulars - not sure whats gone wrong with them, but the juniors are showing some promise so the future looks promising...

    This must be the closest fought Shield/Ryobi season in decades - just wish CA would play the Shield as one continuous season...

  • Andrew on March 11, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    Agar is now the 2nd best batsmen in the WA squad behind only Hussey! On top of that he has ALMOSt overtaken SO'K as the lead spinner in the Shield this year. == == == Would like to take back my throw away line on the Day 1 report! LOL!

  • Stuart on March 10, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Fantastic final round coming up - every state can make the final. Who would have thought WA would be in the running when they've struggled to pass 250 all season?

  • Nathan on March 10, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Ah Redbacks ... at least that's a new an innovative way to break my heart. WA with consecutive wins from almost certain losses, so congrats to them. But SA ... come on ...

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    It just proves, as I have often said before, 'At this level, and above, you cannot win with only four bowlers.'

    SA had four bowlers and while in the first innings they did the job well by the end of the WA second innings they were obviously getting tired.

  • Lou on March 10, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Love the last para. Cricinfo reports are like Royal Family obits, obviously prepared well in advance. Following the Warriors is nutso this year. They've gone from being the embarrassment of the competition early doors to being fish in a barrel to being... er, winning fish in a barrel. They should field 9 bowlers/allrounders plus Hussey and Whiteman. Or upend the batting order.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Agar is having an extraordinary run with both bat and ball, picking plenty of wickets and now playing a big role in WA´s second consecutive nerve jangling run chase. I hope this is the sign of whats to come, keep up the great work young fella!

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