Redbacks move into top two with win over NSW
19 Feb 2013 - Community/Country Cricket, General News, Redbacks, SACA
Day 3 report
The West End Redbacks have jumped into the top two on the Bupa Sheffield Shield table with a four wicket win over the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues at Adelaide Oval.
Sam Raphael (34) and debutant Alex Carey (17) put on a 35-run partnership to ensure the modest 91-run target was reached.
The Redbacks' fourth outright win of the season places the team second on the table with two matches remaining.
Needing three wickets on the final morning to dismiss NSW, Mennie struck first, removing Zampa caught behind and breaking the important partnership with O’Keefe.
Worrall was next to get the breakthrough, Bollinger edging to Klinger at first slip. He was then rewarded with a third scalp, removing Blues skipper, O’Keefe for 16, caught at second slip by Brown.
Chasing the 91-run target, Klinger was dismissed early for caught at slip for 4. Alex Carey came to the crease with the Redbacks 1/15.
He and Raphael steadied, guiding the home side to 50 before Carey top edged one and was caught for 17.
Raphael was stumped off Zampa for a well-made 34, and Head followed soon after for a quick-fire 10, also top edging.
Brown and Cooper got the home side to 90 before both lost their wicket, leaving Tim Ludeman to hit the winning runs.
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Day two report
Another action packed day at Adelaide Oval has left the West End Redbacks in a strong position heading into day 3 of the Bupa Sheffield Shield match against the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues.
At stumps, NSW are 7/141 with a lead of 54 as Joe Mennie and Chadd Sayers ripped through the Blues' top order again.
Resuming at 5/101, Brown (65) and Ludeman (60) guided the Redbacks to first innings points with a 120-run partnership.
Some tailend resistance from Mennie and Sayers pushed the score to 240 and a lead of 83.
Again it was Chadd Sayers who found the early breakthroughs, with Scott Henry edging behind for 1. Mennie had Dawson lbw and when Cruickshank was caught in slip for 5, NSW were 3/12.
Daniel Worrall was next to get the breakthrough, finding Maddinson outside edge after two play and misses.
Haddin and Neville steadied for the visitors to put on 48 before Sayers again got the big breakthrough, Haddin trapped lbw for 27.
Sayers came off the field with what seemed to be a side strain and will be assessed overnight.
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Day one report
An eventful day one at Adelaide Oval, in which 15 wickets fell for just 258 runs, has the West End Redbacks 5/101 at stumps.
After the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues won the toss and chose to bat, Chadd Sayers produced another inspired spell of bowling to rip through the Blues’ top order.
Sayers took four wickets in the first session, continuing his unbelievable form in the Bupa Sheffield Shield competition.
He bowled Henry for 6 and then had Cruikshank gone for 9, caught behind by Ludeman as NSW were 2/18.
When Maddinson gone lbw for 5 and Nevill bowled also for 5, the Redbacks were well on top with NSW 4/33.
The in-form Brad Haddin came to the wicket and went on the attack, looking to hit the visitors out of trouble and he and Dawson combined for a 75 run partnership before both fell in quick succession.
Sayers had the danger man Haddin bowled for 56 and Joe Mennie got his first, Dawson gone for 28.
Both bowlers then ripped through the tail, with the last six wickets falling for 49 runs.
The Redbacks had a solid start in reply until Klinger was out lbw with the score 1/37. Debutant
Alex Carey came to the crease but his innings was short lived, also lbw for just 2.
The game took another turn as the Redbacks lost 3/0 with Raphael, Head and Cooper all gone in two overs.
Jake Brown in his return to Shield cricket was joined by Ludeman and the pair steadied until stumps with a crucial 50 run partnership.