South Australia (SA) and Queensland (QLD) played out an enthralling encounter in which the former came out on top thanks to a 50 in each innings from Jake Lehmann and 10 vital wickets from Adam Zampa.
QLD skipper Joe Burns won the toss and opted to bat first – a decision which worked for him but not many of his teammates as QLD were bowled out for 218. Burns made 30, while Jack Wildermuth made 40 and Peirson, who came in for star wicketkeeper Chris Hartley, made 50.
Adam Zampa did the damage for SA with the ball, taking 6-62 on a turning pitch to rip through QLD’s middle order. Daniel Worrall took two further wickets, while Travis Head and Chadd Sayers picked up one each.
In response, SA made just 156, Lehmann top scoring with 59, though Jake Weatherald provided support with 38.
For QLD, Wildermuth took career best figures of 5-40, Peter George took 3-11 and Marnus Labuschagne took 2-7.
Already holding a first innings lead of 62, QLD failed to bat themselves out of sight, as they were all out for 216. Labuschagne and Wildermuth carried their good form with the ball out to the crease with them – the former making 47 and the latter 51. Though it was young keeper Peirson again who top scored with 71.
Zampa was again the pick of the SA bowlers as he took 4-57 – giving him career best figures of 10-119. Sayers also impressed with the ball again taking 3-36 – the third of his wickets being his 50th wicket in the Shield this year – confirming him as the leading wicket taker in the competition by some distance.
Needing 279 to win SA did not look favourites going into their second innings – but another industrious Lehmann innings and an eye-catching 119 from Tom Cooper (15x4s, 4x6s) gave them the victory as they chased 279 to win by six wickets.
Lehmann and Cooper have both been in good form throughout the Shield and they are both nearing 600 runs in the competition already – though Lehmann has the better average of the two with 52.4, while Cooper sits on a very respectable 45.1.
Following their fourth win of the season SA closed the gap on VIC at the top of the table, while QLD slipped to fifth.
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