South Australia’s redbacks steal amazing win

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 The Redbacks’ first innings total of 55 was the lowest by a side that went on to win a first-class clash.

George claimed 5/28 as the Redbacks skittled the Tigers for 177, chasing 221 for victory, in a pivotal Sheffield Shield clash. The Tigers needed 77 runs with five wickets in hand but Cassell (4/48) locked skipper George Bailey lbw (77) with the first ball of the day – triggering a game-changing collapse. George wiped away allrounder Luke Butterworth (20) and tailenders Jason Krejza (14) Brady Jones (7), Brendan Drew (2) to deliver a miraculous triumph and match-figures of 9/93.

The Redbacks had rebounded from a first innings capitulation for 55 that saw Tasmania take a 196-run lead into their second dig. Aiden Blizzard (115), Dan Christian (93) and keeper Graham Manou (77) launched SA’s 416 second innings counter attack on Sunday.

Redbacks coach Mark Sorell said it was a fantastic victory. “We worked hard to put ourselves in a winning position and it was great to be able to execute our plans,” Sorell said.

“All credit goes to our bowlers this morning we knew we had to strike early and its a great victory and great to have our first Shield win.

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Peter George delivered a remarkable victory for South Australia in Hobart, where they recovered from being bowled out for 55 in their first innings to win by 43 runs. Tasmania began the final day needing 77 more runs to win with five wickets in hand but when their captain George Bailey departed without adding to his overnight score of 77, it was game on. Rob Cassell had Bailey trapped lbw and George proceeded to skittle the lower order, taking all of the remaining four wickets. Luke Butterworth made 20 and Jason Krejza managed 14, but the Tigers could only increase their overnight total by 33 before the final wicket fell, Krejza caught at slip to complete George’s five-for. George finished with 5 for 28 and took nine wickets for the match, continuing his love affair with Bellerive Oval, where in the corresponding game last year he collected 11 for the match. Cassell ended up with 4 for 58 in the victory, which was South Australia’s first of the Sheffield Shield campaign.

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