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Unheralded SA quicks fire against Vics

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South Australia have cruised to an emphatic outright Sheffield Shield win over Victoria, with their disciplined bowling attack the key to the impressive victory.

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The unheralded Redbacks attack made the most of an MCG pitch that gave bowlers plenty of assistance to propel the visitors to an eight-wicket win against the table-topping Bushrangers with over a day to spare.

Set a modest run chase of 145 on Tuesday, having bowled Victoria out for 180 and 163, SA reached their target for the loss of just two wickets less than an hour after lunch on day three.

Redbacks seamer Joe Mennie continued to push his case for national team consideration, with another seven wickets taking his season tally to 24, with teammates Chadd Sayers and Daniel Worrall not far behind with 16 apiece.

“Our job is just to hit the top of off stump and we seem to be doing that pretty regularly, which is pleasing,” Mennie said.

“We’re in a good place coming into Christmas. We’ve got blokes going everywhere for the Big Bash now but … we’ll try to hit the ground running after Christmas.”

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.

Glenn Maxwell’s knock of 62 in the first innings was the highest score of the match, with Redbacks Mark Cosgrove (50 and 19) and skipper Travis Head (20 and 54) the only other batsmen to make half-centuries on the grassy wicket.

Head didn’t hesitate to send the Vics in after winning the toss and despite their troubles with the bat, Bushrangers coach David Saker bemoaned his team’s performance with the ball.

“We just didn’t hold our length like we have in the past,” Saker said. “We pride ourselves on being able to repeat a skill over and over and we didn’t do that this game. To be fair the opposition did and they also got a bit of swing, which troubled some of our batters.”

Victoria quick Chris Tremain was the pick of the home side’s attack with figures of 5-52 and 1-49.

– AAP

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