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SA romps to victory over Victoria

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UPDATED: South Australia have romped to an eight-wicket victory over Victoria with more than a day to spare in their Sheffield Shield clash at the MCG.

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Set a modest run chase of 145 on Tuesday, the Redbacks reached their target for the loss of just two wickets less than an hour after lunch on day three of the top-of-the-table encounter.

The Bushrangers still head into the Big Bash League break on top of the Shield ladder but SA are less than a point behind in second place after scoring their third win of the season.

Tom Cooper’s knock of 54 was the cornerstone of South Australia’s second innings on a green pitch that proved difficult for batsmen to handle throughout.

SA skipper Travis Head didn’t hesitate to send the home side in when he won the toss on Sunday, with his decision vindicated by his bowlers who skittled the Vics for 180.

The Redbacks’ batsmen, however, found the going equally tough and managed 199 in reply, with Victoria quick Chris Tremain the standout with five wickets.

SA seamer Daniel Worrall did most of the damage in the first innings with figures of 5-69 and he backed that up with another three in the second dig, while Joe Mennie and Chadd Sayers chimed in with four and three wickets respectively.

Glenn Maxwell was the shining light for the Vics with 62 in the first innings but he was the last wicket to fall on day two, out for 26.

Victoria skipper Aaron Finch endured a tough match with the bat, narrowly avoiding a pair when he followed his first-innings duck with four runs.

Earlier, Redbacks coach Jamie Siddons expressed confidence his team could get the job done despite the flood of wickets.

“I think it’s a really good cricket wicket to be honest – if you get through that new ball it should get easier,” Siddons said.

“The wicket is looking like it’s a little bit friendly to the bowlers but we’re confident in chasing down whatever they set us.”

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