South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Adelaide, 1st day March 15, 2016

Sayers, Head lead South Australia charge

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South Australia 7 for 239 (Head 106*, Bird 4-51) lead Tasmania 91 (Triffitt 25, Sayers 7-46) by 148 runs

File photo - Chadd Sayers returned career-best first-class figures of 7 for 46 © Getty Images and Cricket Australia

Chadd Sayers ripped through Tasmania before Travis Head cracked an unbeaten century to give South Australia a chance of squeezing into the Sheffield Shield final, after day one at Gliderol Stadium in Adelaide.

Having opted to bat, the Tigers were rumbled for a mere 91, with Sayers' 7 for 46 a new personal mark in first-class matches. Sayers claimed seven of the first eight Tasmania batsmen, while benefiting from tight supporting spells delivered by Daniel Worrall and Joe Mennie.

Only George Bailey, Tom Triffitt and last man Jackson Bird were able to make it into double figures, offering SA the chance to push for a major first innings advantage and an outright win.

SA lost regular wickets in their reply, but Head and Alex Ross helped their side forge ahead in the final session. Head's century followed his second-innings hundred, which guided SA to an unlikely fourth-innings chase against Western Australia in Perth.

That result kept SA in the race for the Shield final, and while they are reliant on other results in Alice Springs and Brisbane, they have given themselves a chance.

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  • Terry on March 15, 2016, 10:08 GMT

    As a neutral (WA fan) I'd like to see SA make the final to see the likes of Sayers & Head in a Test like match. Head seems to have that knack of looking like he is batting on a different wicket to everyone else. If he can add consistency he can be a very interesting player for Australia.

  • Basil on March 15, 2016, 9:29 GMT

    Chaddy Sayers does it again. Would love to see this guy get picked for an England tour.

  •   Jono Makim on March 15, 2016, 9:24 GMT

    A great day for the Redbacks. Heartening to see Travis Head take his summer by the scruff of the neck and give it a good rattle.

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