Redbacks go down in a thriller
07 Mar 2013 - Community/Country Cricket, General News, Redbacks, SACA
Day 4 report
The West End Redbacks have fallen agonisingly short of a win against the Warriors at Adelaide Oval, losing by 1 wicket in a thrilling finish.
Warriors' number 11, Michael Hogan hit the winning runs to take the game away from the Redbacks in another classic game of Bupa Sheffield Shield cricket.
Resuming the day at 4/50, Harris and Marsh looked comfortable as they put on 63 in the first session, but as the match had dictated, the momentum swung quickly again.
Marsh was run out by Ferguson for 28 and quick wickets followed as Harris was caught behind off Joe Mennie, and Botha influenced the game again, bowling Whiteman for 15.
At 7/138 at lunch, the match was again balanced. First ball after the break, the Redbacks captain struck, bowling Coulter-Nile for 0, and when Mennie had his third, the Warriors had lost 5/30.
Requiring 64 runs with one wicket in hand, Hogan and Agar went on a rescue mission and slowly reduced the margin.
Plenty of tense moments followed with some close chances and just like their last game in Perth, the last wicket partnership got the visitors over the line.
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Day 3 report
Another drama filled day at Adelaide Oval has again left the match on a knife’s edge going into the final day.
At stumps, the Warriors are 4/50 with 207 the target to win.
The West End Redbacks began the day with a slender lead of 13 as Klinger and Raphael resumed in overcast conditions.
Klinger was out early for 3, caught at mid-wicket looking to be aggressive and Carey fell soon after for 1, chopping on off the bowling of Cockley.
As Ferguson and Raphael looked to steady, the latter was caught behind for 22, Mitch Marsh taking the wicket.
Travis Head came to the wicket and went on the attack, but was caught at first slip trying to pad up to Agar for 8.
Just on lunch tragedy struck for Ferguson as he was bowled by Agar for 21, and the Redbacks went into the break 5/64.
Jake Brown reached 20 and looked positive at the crease, but Hogan got through his defence and the home side were reeling at 6/82 and a lead of just 95.
Tim Ludeman and Johan Botha then came to the rescue, putting on what could be a match-defining 88-run partnership.
Ludeman top scored with 55 but was stumped trying to put Agar over mid-wicket. The spinner struck again two overs later, trapping the skipper lbw.
Some late hitting from Joe Mennie got the target required over 200 as the Redbacks were dismissed for 193.
With 207 the target for victory, the Redbacks struck early, Mennie trapping Davis lbw for 9. Sayers then struck, Rogers also gone lbw and the Warriors were 2/26.
Sayers then had his second, the big wicket of WA captain Adam Voges for just 2, and the Redbacks were on top with the visitors 3/34.
More drama unfolded as Mike Hussey was caught and bowled on the final over of the day by Redbacks skipper, Johan Botha.
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Day 2 report
West End Redbacks’ captain, Johan Botha has led from the front with his best spell of bowling for the season as the Bupa Sheffield Shield match is well poised at stumps on day two.
In trouble at 9/166, a ninth-wicket stand from 69 Hussey (99 not out) and Hogan (31) has helped the Warriors back into the contest.
At the start of the day, the Redbacks lost their three remaining wickets quickly in the first session, bowled out for 248.
The Warriors began the run chase in positive fashion, Davis and Harris both seeing out the new ball.
The momentum changed after lunch as Botha’s spin changed the game. He had two wickets in two balls, removing Davis caught behind and Rogers next ball lbw.
He then had Warriors captain, Adam Voges two overs later, lbw for 3 as the Warriors lost 3/5.
Carl Tietjens, back into the side for the first time this season, then had his influence in the match, removing Harris (22) caught behind and Mitch Marsh lbw for 0 next ball.
The Warriors had lost 5/15 as the Redbacks completely took back control of the match.
The danger man, Mike Hussey and Whiteman then revived the innings for the visitors, putting on 54.
Chadd Sayers got his first breakthrough of the match, breaking the all-important partnership, Whiteman gone lbw for 16.
The wickets then tumbled, Botha removing Agar, bowled for 4 and Cockley caught at slip for 0.
Joe Mennie grabbed his first scalp trapping Coulter-Nile lbw for 0.
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Day 1 report
The West End Redbacks’ middle-order has fought hard on day one of the Bupa Sheffield Shield match against the Warriors at Adelaide Oval.
Struggling early at 3/68, Callum Ferguson (63) and Jake Brown (55) along with Alex Carey (31) and Travis Head (28) steered the Redbacks to 7/237 at stumps.
Sam Raphael was out second over of the day, caught at first slip for 5 off the bowling of Coulter-Nile.
Michael Klinger looked settled early on until he was well caught at second slip looking to drive, giving Hogan his first wicket.
Alex Carey was also looking very solid until he tried to sweep Warriors’ spinner, Ashton Agar and was out just before lunch.
Ferguson and Head steadied, putting on 57 before Hogan got one to nip away from Head and he was caught behind.
Brown joined Ferguson and the pair put on the partnership of the day, compiling 80 before Ferguson was beaten through bat and pad for his well-made half century.
There was a flurry of quick wickets late in the day as Ludeman (6) was caught at slip and Brown followed soon after lbw.
Botha (19) and Mennie (3) will resume in the morning looking to guide the Redbacks near 300.
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