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Mennie takes five; McDermott scores maiden ton

South Australia 225 and 0 for 69 trail Tasmania 332 (McDermott 104, Webster 50, Mennie 5-67, Worrall 3-97) by 38 runs
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Joe Mennie snared a five-wicket haul in his return to cricket following a serious head injury in December, to keep alive South Australia's slim hopes of reaching the Sheffield Shield final. The Redbacks must not only win comfortably in their match against Tasmania in Hobart, but to make the decider they would also need to rely on results in other games.

A maiden first-class century from Tasmania batsman Ben McDermott ensured a healthy first-innings lead for the Tigers, who also had valuable contributions from Beau Webster (50), George Bailey (49) and Tim Paine (44). McDermott eventually fell for 104, one of the victims of Mennie, who had not played at all since suffering a minor skull fracture and brain bleed shortly before Christmas.

After Mennie finished off the innings to end up with 5 for 67, the Redbacks needed a strong batting display in their second innings to make up for their 107-run deficit. By stumps, South Australia had cut Tasmania's lead to 38 runs by reaching 0 for 69, with Jake Weatherald on 22 and debutant opener John Dalton on 46.