Mackin, Moody bowl Western Australia to tense victory

Western Australia 201 and 245 (Bancroft 56, Richardson 5-69, Sayers 4-64) beat South Australia 247 and 192 (Cooper 55, Mackin 5-78, Moody 4-45) by 7 runs

Western Australia fast bowlers Simon Mackin and David Moody bowled their side to victory in a close encounter with South Australia at Gliderol Stadium, where the Redbacks fell eight runs short of their target late on the third day. Set 200 to win the low-scoring match, South Australia were dismissed for 192, the match ending when Moody bowled the No.11 David Grant for 4.

Moody finished with 4 for 45 but the key man was Mackin, whose 5 for 78 in the second innings left him with match figures of 12 for 159, the best analysis by any bowler in a Sheffield Shield game since November 2012, when South Australia's Gary Putland took 12 for 92. Even more remarkably, Mackin now has 23 wickets in two games, having taken 11 for 101 in the last Shield match before Christmas.

In this game, he ran through the South Australia middle order, dismissing Callum Ferguson, Jake Lehmann and Alex Ross cheaply, and then later picking up the key wicket of Tom Cooper, who had made 55 and given the Redbacks an excellent victory chance. Cooper and Alex Carey (46) had put on 99 for the sixth wicket, but once they both departed the Warriors pounced.

The day had started with Western Australia on 7 for 196 in their second innings, needing to add runs to set South Australia a challenging target. Debutant wicketkeeper Josh Inglis did a fine job in compiling 40 before he was caught behind off Kane Richardson, who collected 5 for 69 and, like his colleague Chadd Sayers, finished with nine wickets for the match.

South Aust 4th innings Partnerships

1st43SJ RaphaelJ Weatherald
2nd13CJ FergusonSJ Raphael
3rd0JS LehmannSJ Raphael
4th0AI RossSJ Raphael
5th11TLW CooperSJ Raphael
6th99TLW CooperAT Carey
7th9TLW CooperC Valente
8th1KW RichardsonC Valente
9th2CJ SayersKW Richardson
10th14CJ SayersDMK Grant