Marsh Sheffield Shield: SA v Victoria Day Two
Spencer Johnson and Matt Short were the stars on Day Two of the West End Redbacks Marsh Sheffield Shield clash against Victoria at Junction Oval.
South Australia will be 340 runs in arrears when play resumes tomorrow as they look to win a third straight Shield clash.
- Left-arm quick Johnson impressed in the first innings and was unlucky to go wicketless, but today he claimed five wickets in a series of brilliant spells to keep South Australia in the game.
- The last debutant to take five on debut for South Australia was another left-armer in Nick Winter, in the summer of 2017/18.
- Johnson is the latest to achieve the feat on the road since Paul Hutchinson in 1991/92.
- Johnson dismissed Victoria’s top three in Travis Dean, Marcus Harris and Ashley Chandrasinghe to get the Redbacks off to a great start, and then came back later in the day to dismiss Sam Harper and Matt Short.
- Short was again strong with the bat for Victoria, adding a century to his first innings half-century. The explosive batter has been the only batter to master the conditions at Junction Oval.
- The day started on the wrong foot for South Australia, with Jake Lehmann dismissed on the first ball of the day.
- Consistent wickets then fell as the Redbacks were bowled out for 114, giving Victoria a first innings lead of 55.
- Johnson ripped through the Victorian top order before Short combined with the middle and lower order to push the home side’s total, and lead, north.
- Jordan Buckingham, Nathan McAndrew and Ben Manenti all took a wicket each on day two.
- South Australia grassed a couple of chances in the field but also saw Jake Carder and Buckingham take brilliant outfield catches.
- Play will resume tomorrow at 10am ACDT.