Inevitable

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 26, 2017 19:59

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By Satish Sekar at the Adelaide Oval © Saatish Sekar (November 25th 2017)

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Commanding

Jake Doran added another 11 to his overnight total, before being caught and bowled by the impressive Adam Zampa, the pick of South Australia Redbacks’ bowlers. Zampa finished with 5 for 59. Kane Richardson and Joe Mennie shared two apiece and Cameron Valente took the other wicket as Tasmania were dismissed for 282 in their first innings. South Australia’s reply was poor – just half the Tasmanian total.

Jackson Bird ripped through the South Australian order, taking 5 for 30, ably supported by Tom Rogers with 3 for 22. Gabe Bell and Sam Rainbird took the other wickets as Tasmania established a commanding first innings lead of 141. Captain Travis Head offered the lone resistance, scoring 80 with 12 boundaries – only Jake Weatherald 23 offered support. Calumn Ferguson went for a two-ball duck, caught by the centurion Doran off Bird. Rainbird took the vital wicket of Head, aided by Bird’s catch. Nobody else reached double figures – the closest being the not out bowler, Kane Richardson on 9.

141 ahead Tasmania batted again, making 244, led by a captain’s knock of 86 by George Bailey. He hit 11 boundaries, but unlike his opposite number he had cameo supporting knocks, led by 29 by Jordan Silk, 23 from Doran, 21 by Rainbird, 19 from Tom Rogers and 14 each by Matthew Wade and Alex Doolan and 12 by Beau Webster.

Implausible

Richardson led the attack, taking 4 for 30, ably supported by Adam Zampa, 3 for 85. Cameron Valente took 2 for 40 and Joe Mennie 1 for 44. South Australia were set an implausible 386 to pull off an unlikely win.

When nightwatchman Joe Mennie was the 5th wicket to fall on 119, it was clear that the visitors would win on the final day barring unforeseen disaster. John Dalton, Jake Weatherald, Travis Head and Jake Lehmann were all back in the pavilion, leaving any real hope for a miraculous turnaround resting on Calumn Ferguson’s shoulders. Gabe Bell and Bird had taken 2 wickets each and Rainbird the other.

Meanwhile, the Ashes are evenly poised thanks to a captain’s knock of 141 not out by Steve Smith, giving the hosts a first innings lead of 26. England resume with Alastair Cook and Joe Vince back in the pavilion, effectively, 7 for 2.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 26, 2017 19:59