Marsh Sheffield Shield Day Three: West End Redbacks v Tasmania
Debutant Ben Manenti has continued his strong start to his first-class career with South Australia, crunching an unbeaten 85 from 96 deliveries on day three against Tasmania.
It was a bright light in a tough day for the West End Redbacks, with Tasmania heading to stumps with a score of 0-104 in pursuit of 235.
- Jake Weatherald and Jake Carder began the day in the middle, with Weatherald passing 50 before being dismissed by spinner Jarrod Freeman.
- Peter Siddle and Beau Webster then took control of the game, collecting four wickets each as they ran through South Australia’s middle order.
- Ben Manenti and Nathan McAndrew then offered resistance, putting on 77 for the eight wicket.
- Wes Agar then joined Manenti for a further 57 at almost a run a ball.
- Manenti backed up a half century in the opening innings with an unbeaten 85, highlighted by six fours and three sixes.
- Chasing 235 for victory, Tasmania entered the rooms at stumps at 0-104 on the back of a strong partnership between Tim Ward and Caleb Jewell.
Jason Gillespie spoke of missed opportunities at the close of play:
“We bookended a good middle session with two pretty poor sessions. There is no hiding from the fact our batting wasn’t up to scratch this morning. Jake Weatherald, Ben Manenti, Nathan McAndrew and Wes Agar gave us a sniff and got us a lead that could put a bit of pressure on the opposition, but unfortunately we didn’t get it right with the ball.
“We know we are so much better than that, and that is the disappointing thing. We have to find a way to have an impact. If we can pick up a few quick wickets tomorrow morning you just never know.”