South Australia’s summer season of cricket hell is over with their Sheffield Defend and Marsh Cup groups failing to win a home recreation in 2020-21.
In a battle of two Marsh Cup stragglers, Victoria prevailed over SA by 21 runs on Thursday, handing the Redbacks a 0-5 file to finish their season.
Performed in superb situations on the CitiPower Centre in St Kilda, a spirited chase by the Redbacks wasn’t sufficient as they simply fell in need of an unlikely comeback, dropping by 21 runs.
Travis Head top-scored with 77 and Harry Nielsen added 51 of his personal, however sensible bowling within the remaining overs obtained Victoria throughout the road.
It was the Victorians who misplaced the toss and have been put into bat with captain Peter Handscomb and Jonathan Merlo shining.
The house aspect set a complete of 7-333, scoring at 6.66 runs per over and have been led by centuries to Handscomb (131) and Merlo (111).
The fourth-wicket partnership of 205 runs was the fourth highest in Victoria’s historical past.
Victoria’s sturdy displaying was solely marred by the early lack of Sam Harper who was given out in weird vogue after obstructing a would-be run-out throw by Dan Worrall.
Wes Agar completed with 3-46 in his spell to high the bowling for the Redbacks, as their assault struggled to crack the partnership of Handscomb and Merlo, which lastly ended within the forty fifth over.
South Australia’s high 5 batsmen mixed for 239 runs and have been wanting sturdy earlier than Sam Elliott grabbed the essential wicket of Travis Head.
Elliott, the son of former Check cricketer Matthew Elliot, completed with 2-60 off 9 overs on debut.
South Australia’s innings appeared prone to deflate when Harry Nielsen was dismissed with the rating at 7-267, however Sam Kerber and Corey Kelly confirmed resilience with 22 and 23 runs respectively.
Ultimately, their efforts weren’t sufficient as Merlo and Elliott noticed off the tailenders, capping off Victoria’s season with their first win.