South Australia’s Shield final hopes ended in Tasmania this week in a heart-breaking loss to Tasmania in Hobart.

The visitors stormed home on the final day of the must-win match against the Tigers led by an inspired innings from captain Travis Head. The Redbacks skipper smashed 145 runs from 167 balls but was unable to guide his side to the target total on a tricky and testing Blundstone Arena pitch.

The 16-run loss leaves SA stranded in bottom place on the Sheffield Shield ladder. The Redbacks host Western Australia, who sit in fifth place also out of final contention, at Gliderol Stadium from Wednesday.

SA skipper Travis Head sums up the Redbacks' clash with Tasmania

South Australia will want to end the season on a winning note and could jump as high as fourth with a victory over the Warriors.

Queensland all-but guaranteed a home Shield final by crushing Western Australia by 211 runs.

The Bulls now boast an eight-point buffer at the top of the table which should see them host the decider at Allan Border Field regardless of results in the final round.

Reigning champions Victoria and Tasmania will square off next week with the winner set to meet Queensland in the Shield final.

The Tigers have only lost once in Hobart this summer while Victoria has won three of its past four matches.

New South Wales need the Bushrangers and Tigers to fight out a draw and then must beat Queensland convincingly with a strong bonus-point haul to have any hope of a last-gasp final berth. The Blues haven’t won a Shield match since mid-November last year.

JLT SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2017-18 – ROUND NINE

Tasmania defeated South Australia by 16 runs at Blundstone Arena
TAS:
393 & 164
SA:
227 & 314 (87.1 overs)

TOP BATTING PERFORMANCES
SA

Travis Head 145 (167)
Callum Ferguson 51 (119)
TAS

Jake Doran 74 (204)
Matthew Wade 68 (111)

TOP BOWLING PERFORMANCES
SA

Nick Winter 5/81
Daniel Worrall 4/17
TAS

Tom Rogers 4/58
Jackson Bird 4/64

Victoria defeated New South Wales by 23 runs at Junction Oval
VIC:
199 & 280
NSW:
171 & 285 (101.5 overs)

TOP BATTING PERFORMANCES
VIC

Marcus Harris 109 (161)
Travis Dean 106 (270)
NSW

Daniel Hughes 59 (162)
Kurtis Patterson 53 (143)

TOP BOWLING PERFORMANCES
VIC

Fawad Ahmed 5/94 & 3/32
Scott Boland 2/18
NSW

Steve O’Keefe 8/77
Trent Copeland 5/59

Queensland defeated Western Australia by 211 runs at the Gabba
QLD:
263 & 252/2d
WA
211/9d & 93 (38.2 overs)

TOP BATTING PERFORMANCES
QLD

Matt Renshaw 143* (196)
Charlie Hemphrey 103* (219) & 68* (118)
WA

Josh Inglis 39 (50)
D’Arcy Short 38 (56)

TOP BOWLING PERFORMANCES
QLD

Jack Wildermuth 4/25 & 2/23
Michael Neser 3/41
WA

Simon Mackin 3/61
D’Arcy Short 2/15

Redbacks and Tigers play out thrilling finish in Hobart

JLT SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2017-18 - SEASON LEADERS

Runs
Jake Weatherald (SA) – 696
Glenn Maxwell (VIC) – 690
Marcus Harris (VIC) – 681

Highest scores
Glenn Maxwell (VIC) – 278
Alex Doolan (TAS) – 247*
Cameron Bancroft (WA) – 228*

Batting average
Usman Khawaja (QLD) – 86.75
Cameron Bancroft (WA) – 82.16
Tim Paine (TAS) – 71.00

Wickets
Chris Tremain (VIC) – 43
Scott Boland (VIC) – 36
Thomas Rogers (TAS) – 33
Luke Feldman (QLD) – 33

Bowling economy (minimum 10 overs)
Cameron Valente (SA) – 2.07
James Faulkner (TAS) – 2.09
David Grant (SA) – 2.10

Bowling average
Matthew Wade (TAS) – 4.33
Nathan Coulter-Nile (WA) – 10.25
James Faulkner (TAS) – 11.00

Wicket-keeping dismissals
Peter Nevill (NSW) – 34
Jimmy Peirson (QLD) – 34
Matthew Wade (TAS) – 31

Most catches
Beau Webster (TAS) – 20