Winning the toss at the WACA, skipper Travis Head, fresh off a stunning double-century in his most recent limited overs outing, sent the home side into the field on a day that would be heavily affected by even heavier rain.
Players swapped places with ground staff on five occasions throughout the fixture, with the difficult conditions making it hard to build any consistency. Regardless of multiple jaunts to and from the rooms, the fixture proved to be an entertaining one, with all results possible heading into the final overs.
Jake Weatherald led the attack with bat in hand for the Redbacks, compiling a measured 60 while wickets, and precipitation, fell around him. Head looked to be in the same form that took him to a historic total last week before edging a beauty from Lance Morris and departing for 28 from 19. Harry Nielsen and Nathan McSweeney both got starts, but it was a late partnership from Nathan McAndrew and Daniel Worrall that drove the Redbacks’ score to loftier heights.
McAndrew cracked an unbeaten 21 from 15, while Worrall showed his skills extend far beyond the bowling crease, with his flashing blade securing a vital 31* from 25 deliveries as South Australia set their Western counterparts a revised total of 165 from 27 overs.
Brendan Doggett and Wes Agar began strongly with the ball for the visitors, removing both openers before the scoreboard ticket past 50, and when Lloyd Pope claimed two wickets in three balls, the Redbacks had well and truly opened the door.
Unfortunately for South Australia however, it was the evergreen Shaun Marsh, in partnership with allrounder D’Arcy Short, who marched through that door. The two built an unbroken partnership of 93-runs to wrestle victory away from the Redbacks with eight balls to spare.
Speaking post-game, Head touched on missed opportunities and the skill of Marsh, before pointing towards his side’s next chance to take the field.
‘I felt like we showed glimpses, but just lacked a bit of execution with the bat and the ball. We were probably 20 runs short and gave up 20 with the ball we couldn’t afford.
‘You come to expect those things from a guy who has played the amount of cricket that he has. No surprises there from Shaun. We play a Shield game in a couple of days’ time, so we make sure we come well prepared for that and make sure we start really well.’
The West End Redbacks Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia begins on Wednesday from 1pm Adelaide time and will be streamed live on cricket.com.au and Kayo Sport.
26 October 2021