Joe Mennie strengthened his Australian Test claims by taking 9-88 as South Australia (SA) beat Tasmania (TAS) by 193 runs to secure their place in the Sheffield Shield final.
Tasmanian skipper George Bailey won the toss and opted to field first in Hobart – a decision which his bowlers backed up as they restricted SA to 225 as debutant Gabe Bell took 3-60.
Simon Rainbird also impressed to take 4-50, while Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey and debutant Johnathon Dalton all made it into the 40s for SA.
In response TAS batted well – led by Ben McDermott who scored a swashbuckling century (104), as Beau Webster made 50, George Baily made 49 and Tim Paine made 44 to bump their total to 332 – giving them a first innings lead.
Mennie was the pick of the bowers for SA as he took 5-67, while Dan Worrall took 3-97, and the ever-impressive Chadd Sayers took 2-86.
With a place in the Shield final on the line SA responded with real grit as they battled to 406 all out as four half-centuries put them back in the driving seat. Dalton shone again making 71, Callum Ferguson made 90, Tom Cooper scored 83 and Adam Zampa weighed in with 63 important runs down the order.
Bell again shone on debut to take 4-97 while Rainbird also impressed again to pick up three wickets for 88 runs.
Needing 300 exactly to win and salvage some pride at the end of a torrid Shield campaign – TAS crumbled to 106 all out. Worrall and Mennie took four wickets each and Sayers picked up the final two to secure victory and a spot in the final for SA.
Paine made 26 and Rainbird made a quickfire 33 in an attempt to salvage some pride for TAS but ultimately a loss was the only way for TAS to finish their disastrous Sheffield Shield season.
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