Recent Match Report – South Aust vs NSW 5th Match 2023/24

South Australia 293 & 212 (McSweeney 100, Nisbet 5-53) beat New South Wales 183 & 136 (McAndrew 5-19, Conway 4-43) by 186 runs

Nathan McAndrew and Nathan McSweeney have propelled South Australia to a commanding 186-run win that extends New South Wales’ winless streak in the Sheffield Shield.

McAndrew produced the most dominant individual bowling performance of the competition so far this season, taking two five-wicket hauls including 5 for 19 in the second innings that restricted the Blues to totals of 183 and 136 at Adelaide Oval. It marked the first time the New South Wales’-born paceman, 30, had taken 10 wickets in a first-class match.

It wasn’t enough to claim player of the match honours though with McSweeney rewarded for his superb batting display, making 64 and 100 in a low-scoring match where only three players passed 50. The next highest score in the match was just 58 from Daniel Hughes. No other South Australia batted passed 33 in either innings.

McAndrew began the final day with nine wickets already to his name in the match having ripped through the Blues late on day three, taking 4 for 19, as the visitors slumped to 99 for 6 chasing 323 runs for victory in the fourth innings.

But there was a chance his 10th wicket would not come. He was strangely not used by captain Jake Lehmann in the first seven overs of the day as Blues duo Jack Edwards and Jack Nisbet added 25 runs for the seventh wicket before Conway broke through.

McAndrew was called on from the other end and bowled a maiden first up but Conway added another wicket to his tally in the following over as Edwards pulled one straight down fine leg’s throat. McAndrew bowled another maiden before Conway removed Chris Tremain to grab a fourth wicket for the innings and leave New South Wales nine-down.

But McAndrew was able to his 10th with Jackson Bird caught in the gully as the Blues were bowled out for 136.

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