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Recent Match Report – NSW vs South Aust 22nd Match 2021/22


McSweeney made 99 not out and took 4 for 89, while Lehmann made 94, as SA chased down 326 on the final day to win their first Shield game in over two years

South Australia 9 for 277 dec (Hunt 109, Nielsen 63, Tremain 3-51) and 5 for 328 (McSweeney 99*, Lehmann 94, Conway 1-38) beat New South Wales 294 (Sangha 142, Buckingham 4-79, Doggett 3-58) and 8 for 308 dec (Hearne 65, McSweeney 4-89, McAndrew 3-67) by five wickets

Nathan McSweeney and Jake Lehmann have orchestrated a stunning final day chase to run down 326 in the fourth innings and give South Australia their first Sheffield Shield win in over two years against New South Wales at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.

McSweeney made 99 not out while Lehmann smashed 94 off 89 deliveries as South Australia mowed down New South Wales’ target of 326 in 76 overs with five wickets in hand and six overs to spare. McSweeney also took 4 for 89 with the ball in a brilliant allround display.

South Australia had not won a Sheffield Shield game since February 2020, breaking a 16 match streak without a victory over a two-year stretch. It was their first Shield win under coach Jason Gillespie after two seasons in charge.

McSweeney batted superbly and deserved a century but struck a boundary with a pull shot forward of square to bring up the winning runs and finish one run short on 99 not out.

He shared a 151-run partnership with Lehmann after the pair came together at 3 for 89 with victory a long way away. Lehmann smoked 14 boundaries scoring 94 out the 151 before picking out square leg with a sweep shot. South Australia still needed 86 to win and lost Thomas Kelly shortly after. But McSweeney and Harry Nielsen guided the Redbacks home with Nielsen finishing 34 not out to go with his half-century in the first innings. The Blues five bowlers each picked up a wicket but none could get a run on with successive breakthroughs to put South Australia’s batting under pressure.
Earlier, McSweeney and Nathan McAndrew combined with the ball to set up South Australia’s chase taking seven wickets between them in the Blues’ second innings. The Blues began day four down with a lead of 252. McAndrew castled Jack Edwards for 38. Lachlan Hearne become the fourth Blue to pass fifty in their second innings but he was bowled by McSweeney for 65. Baxter Holt and Chris Tremain also fell cheaply leaving skipper Jason Sangha to declare 8 down and set SA 326 to win off 82 overs. Sangha finished player of the match for scores of 142 and 62.

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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