Head, Sayers star in big South Australia win
South Australia 346 (Head 192, Ross 52, Bird 5-81, Rainbird 3-80) beat Tasmania 91 and 177 (Doolan 67, Bailey 58, Worrall 4-71, Sayers 3-31) by an innings and 78 runs
A career-best 192 from captain Travis Head and a 10-wicket match from Chadd Sayers set up a massive win for South Australia over Tasmania inside two days at Gliderol Stadium in Glenelg. After the Tigers were bundled out for 91 in their first innings on day, one the Redbacks racked up 346 in reply, and Tasmania managed only 177 in their second effort to lose by an innings and 78 runs.
The result vaulted SA to the top of the Shield table and placed them well and truly in contention for a final berth. They must now await results in Alice Springs and Brisbane to determine their fate.
South Australia started the morning on 7 for 239, with Head already on 106, and the young skipper had enough support from the tail to add another 107 to the total. Head's 192 came from 176 deliveries, and Tasmania's Jackson Bird finished with 5 for 81 to take his season tally to 40 Sheffield Shield victims.
But the Tasmania batsmen could not emulate the hosts, stumbling to 3 for 26 before a 108-run stand between Alex Doolan (67) and George Bailey (58) offered some resistance. However, once they departed it was only a matter of time, and Sayers finished with 3 for 31 to take his match tally to a career-best 10 for 77.