In a match that had it all - wickets taken, runs on the board and a fight to the finish - South Australia and Queensland shared in the third draw of the Sheffield Shield season thus far. 

 

However two of the most special moments happened before the players took to the field, as Brendan Doggett and Nathan McSweeney were presented with their baggy reds in front of teammates, family members, friends and staff. 

Winning the toss and electing to bowl proved the right call for Travis Head, with South Australia dominating the first day of play.

 

New recruit Brendan Doggett claimed early bragging rights over a trio of former teammates, including Marnus Labuschagne for the second time in a week, additionally claiming his wicket in the one-day match a few days earlier.

 

It was the second session on the opening day that demonstrated South Australia’s grit, producing a six-wicket session after lunch.

 

Daniel Worrall rattled through the middle order, removing Matthew Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Wildermuth and James Bazley before the tea break, with Queensland dismissed for 152. 

 

Harry Nielsen led the charge with the bat for the Redbacks on the second day, hitting 71 (from 126 balls) and guiding South Australia to a total of 280, alongside Nathan McAndrew (39) in his second match for South Australia. 

 

 Nielsen and McAndrew’s 101-run partnership proved crucial to the Redbacks first innings, helping the side to take a 128-run lead.  

 

After two days of cloud covered skies, the sun made an appearance over Adelaide Oval on the morning of the third day, filling the stadium with both warmth and cricket fans.  

With the sunshine however, came runs for Queensland with Usman Khawaja piling on 158* before the completion of play.  

 

Khawaja proved to be the wicket to get, finishing his innings on 174 as Queensland declared ahead of the lunch break on the final day. 

 

Heading to the crease with Queensland 323 runs in the lead Jake Carder picked up where he left off in the previous match.

 

The number three bat was promoted to opener in Jake Weatherald’s absence and the 25-year-old looked well beyond his years as he faced the Queensland quicks.  

 

Carder, alongside the second debutant of the match, Nathan McSweeney (32) managed a 88-run partnership in the middle, with South Australia continuing to chase down the total. 

 

At tea on the final day and with a single session of play remaining, South Australian required a further 189 runs to claim victory. 

 

Alex Carey played his role to perfection, anchoring the final 40 overs of play alongside Head, Nielsen and McAndrew, as the clock ticking past 6pm and signalling the close of play, the Redbacks 80 runs behind and six wickets down.

 

South Australia's next Sheffield Shield match will be announced in the coming days.