South Australia v Victoria, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Adelaide February 17, 2016

Fawad five-for seals huge win for Victoria

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Victoria 9 for 325 dec (Maxwell 79, Dean 60, Mennie 3-73) and 5 for 305 dec (Handscomb 102, Maxwell 63) beat South Australia 224 (Raphael 48, Lehmann 41, Boland 5-38) and 189 (Head 59, Fawad 5-24) by 218 runs

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Victoria charged to an outright victory over South Australia and a commanding lead on the Sheffield Shield table on the final afternoon of the day/night match at Adelaide Oval.

The ground's floodlights were not even required on day four, as Fawad Ahmed's spin and Scott Boland's heavy ball ripped through South Australia, who had entered the match as Victoria's nearest challengers on the Shield table.

For the hosts only the captain Travis Head was able to endure for long, making a forlorn 59 before his wicket was the start of a match-ending slide in which SA lost their last four wickets for a mere 22.

Victoria are now very much in pole position to play the Shield final at their preferred venue, the lateral choice of Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

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  • Mashuq on February 22, 2016, 16:53 GMT

    I'd really like him as one of 3 frontline spinners in the squad going to India next year. For that, he'll have to continue in this vein and make a strong start in next season's Shield. If he does, he'll get my vote ahead of O'Keefe, although I'd take all 3 and pick the best the two with best form at that time.

  • Abdul on February 19, 2016, 9:44 GMT

    Good to see Fawad making a strong comeback after an ordinary big bash season. Would love to see him back in the squad as Australia needs an experienced leg spinner in the side. Same goes for Scotty Boland, great performance after his unsuccessful debut tour. Keep it up boys

  • Adhitya on February 18, 2016, 7:22 GMT

    SA were set a target of 408... Hughesy lives on...

  •   Stephen Connell on February 18, 2016, 0:01 GMT

    @BIG_MAXY_WALKER Cheap shot at Boland. The selectors on the strength of one BBL game bring an inexperienced bowler in to bowl at he death when more experienced bowlers don't want to . The result was predictable,he got hammered and his inexperience exposed because selectors wee grasping at straws to find a last bowler solution. He has the talent but it just has to be nurtured not squandered on stupid selection movies as well as ignoring the cheap shots that that some people produce.

  • Mert on February 17, 2016, 19:10 GMT

    Handscomb to me is a pretty strong chance to take over from Voges in a couple of years.

  • Garry on February 17, 2016, 16:47 GMT

    Good win, off to get heat stroke in the final :)

  • Eddie on February 17, 2016, 13:31 GMT

    Boland does well in state cricket but fires blanks at international level

  • Mashuq on February 17, 2016, 12:59 GMT

    Agree @Jacka92 about Handscomb and the gloves. Either way he's a prospect and I hope he get's a chance in the test team eventually. Likewise for Fawad, as you rightly point out, @EasterncafeXI. India in 12 months might be the shots they'll get! Hasn't Boland been a revelation this season?

  • Jack on February 17, 2016, 12:30 GMT

    Great win by the vics against a strong and performing SA side. Highlight of the game for me was definiteky handscomb. I would love to see him take the keeping gloves more though as he could crack the aussie squad as a future test keeper!

  • Kirk on February 17, 2016, 11:11 GMT

    Amazing how much depth we have this season with Patto and Siddle plus Hastings and Finch all missing

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