The West End Redbacks suffered a costly six-wicket loss to Victoria in a replay of last summer’s final, condemning SA to the bottom of the Shield table.

Missing a host of key players, it was a couple of Redbacks debutants who stood tall in the tight loss to the Vics.

Young ‘keeper Harry Nielsen became only the ninth player to score a century in a debut innings for South Australia, while left-arm seamer Nick Winter notched the 10th-best bowling figures of any player in their first-class debut for South Australia.

Nick Winter's five-wicket haul

Jake Weatherald moved himself into third spot on this season’s runscorers list with a fighting 62 in response to a first-ball duck in the opening innings. SA now has two players inside the top three runscorers in the 2017-18 Shield season.

The Redbacks will need to win at least three matches and possibly all four of their remaining games to qualify for a third consecutive Sheffield Shield final.

Queensland soared into top spot with a comfortable win over Tasmania, but it was a hamstring injury to Tigers bowler Jackson Bird which was the talking point.

The 31-year-old is awaiting scan results and could be in doubt for the start of Australia's four-Test tour of South Africa.

Matthew Wade ditched the gloves to take three wickets for Tassie, but the Bulls proved too powerful as Queensland notched its third win of the summer to leapfrog New South Wales into top spot.

The Blues suffered a second-straight defeat in their clash with Western Australia.

Player of the Match Simon Mackin starred with 6/43 in the second innings in a low-scoring affair at the WACA.

JLT SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2017-18 – ROUND SIX

South Australia defeated by Victoria by six wickets at Adelaide Oval
SA:
379 & 243
VIC:
371 & 4/253 (65 overs)

TOP BATTING PERFORMANCES
SA

Harry Nielsen 105 (182)

Jake Lehmann 83 (149)
VIC

Cameron White 149 (218) & 50 (99)
Peter Handscomb 114* (127)

TOP BOWLING PERFORMANCES
SA

Nick Winter 5/85

Joe Mennie 2/40 & 2/66
VIC

Scott Boland 4/41 & 4/88
Chris Tremain 4/86 & 2/53

Debutants Harry Nielsen and Nick Winter receive their Redbacks caps

Queensland defeated Tasmania by 206 runs at the Gabba
QLD:
255 & 285
TAS:
115 & 219 (69 overs)

TOP BATTING PERFORMANCES
QLD

Jimmy Peirson 61 (128)

Matt Renshaw 56 (91) & 32 (49)
TAS

Jake Doran 95 (182)
Ben McDermott 28 (60)

TOP BOWLING PERFORMANCES
QLD

Luke Feldman 6/32 & 3/53

Michael Neser 3/47 & 2/43
TAS

Matthew Wade 3/13
Gabe Bell 3/42 & 3/43

Western Australia defeated New South Wales by four wickets at the WACA
NSW:
204 & 179
WA:
215 & 6/172 (34.3 overs)

TOP BATTING PERFORMANCES
NSW

Ed Cowan 55 (110) & 46 (73)
Daniel Hughes 49 (112) & 25 (50)
WA

Hilton Cartwright 78 (172) & 32 (32)
Shaun Marsh 39 (51) & 29 (87)

TOP BOWLING PERFORMANCES
NSW

Charles Stobo 3/32 & 1/48

Trent Copeland 3/42 & 1/44
WA

Simon Mackin 6/43 & 1/42
Matthew Kelly 4/25 & 2/34

JLT SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2017-18 - SEASON LEADERS

Runs
Glenn Maxwell (VIC) – 590

Callum Ferguson (SA) – 541
Jake Weatherald (SA) – 519

Highest scores
Glenn Maxwell (VIC) – 278

Alex Doolan (TAS) – 247*
Cameron Bancroft (WA) – 228*

Batting average
Cameron White (VIC) – 91.50

Usman Khawaja (QLD) – 86.75
Cameron Bancroft (WA) – 82.16

Wickets
Scott Boland (VIC) – 29

Chris Tremain (VIC) – 28
Luke Feldman (QLD) – 26

Bowling economy (minimum 10 overs)
Cameron Valente (SA) – 2.07

Alex Bevilaqua (WA) – 2.08
James Faulkner (TAS) – 2.09

Bowling average
Matthew Wade (TAS) – 4.33

Nathan Coulter-Nile (WA) – 10.25
James Faulkner (TAS) – 11.00

Wicket-keeping dismissals
Peter Nevill (NSW) – 25

Matthew Wade (TAS) – 22
Jimmy Peirson (QLD) – 20

Most catches
Beau Webster (TAS) - 13