Mennie thanks as Aus A crush South Africa

02 August 2016

Five-wicket haul to Joe Mennie helps home side to big win over South Africa's next-best in Brisbane

Australia A v South Africa A,


Australia A have surged to an emphatic 197-run win, inspired by a five-wicket haul to Joe Mennie on the final day of their first-class clash with South Africa A at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

After the hosts declared at 7-248 overnight to leave the Proteas needing 361 to win, Australia's bowling group combined for a show-stopping performance to rout the tourists for 163 on a wicket that was playing few tricks.

South Australian Daniel Worrall (2-46) took the new ball from the Albion Park end and snared a double-wicket maiden in the first over of the morning to set the tone for the day in quite spectacular fashion.

Replay Mennie's five second innings wickets

Worrall bowled SA A captain Stephen Cook for a three-ball duck, and Omphile Ramela edged to Peter Handscomb at first slip two balls later to also depart without scoring.

The South Australian, who yesterday bowled a tremendous spell largely without luck, was at it again today, this time under cloudy skies and brandishing the new pink ball.

He consistently beat the bat and found several edges that fell short of the cordon as South Africa A's batsmen rode their luck.

Highlights: Mennie inspires Australia A win

From the other end, both Chris Tremain (2-27) and Mennie ensured the pressure was unrelenting and each quick was rewarded for their efforts as the Proteas fell to pieces.

In the sixth over, Tremain found the edge of first-innings top-scorer Stiaan van Zyl, who contributed just two this time around before being well caught by Glenn Maxwell at second slip.

Temba Bavuma (6) was next to go, handing Tremain a second wicket for the innings and seventh for the match as he drove tamely to Matthew Renshaw at a shortish extra cover.

Peter Handscomb analyses Australia A's win

Mennie added to a fantastic morning for the home side with the big wicket of Dean Elgar (37), who popped a simple chance up to Cameron Bancroft in close.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Vilas and Andile Phehlukwayo managed to stem the tide until the lunch break, and afterward, play was halted for 50 minutes as a downpour passed through Brisbane.

But the weather only delayed the inevitable, Mennie taking charge after the rain delay with the wicket of Vilas, lbw for 18, and Vernon Philander, who he struck twice in the groin before bowling the Test quick for six.

Philander cops two nasty ones... and a peach

Phehlukwayo fought hard for 55, before a rash lash at a Mitchell Swepson offering was held by Mennie running in at long on to give the leg-spinner his second wicket of the match.

As the tea break loomed, it was man of the match Mennie who ended proceedings in a hurry, taking two wickets in four balls to finish with 5-38 and end the contest in style. 

Day Three report

Australia A hold all the aces heading into the final day of their first-class match with South Africa, with the home side boasting a 360-run lead after a dominant showing at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

At stumps, the hosts were 7-248, captain Peter Handscomb (14) out from the final ball and Joe Mennie (0) the not out batsman.

Queenslander Matthew Renshaw (94) and WA's Cameron Bancroft (71) put on 146 for the first wicket to build the key foundation for the Australians, allowing the middle order to tee off with a declaration in mind after the Proteas were bowled out for 284 shortly after lunch.

Bushrangers quick Chris Tremain claimed the best figures among the Australian bowling group, with 5-75 from 23.3 overs, while Dane Vilas provided the only real resistance among the South Africans on day three, making an unbeaten 60.  

Tremain bags five-fer

South Australia's Dan Worrall got the first breakthrough of the day with the scalp of Stiaan van Zyl (85), who added only five to his overnight total before edging through to give wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman his third catch.

Young leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson was introduced after the drinks break and bounced back from some early punishment to knock over Andile Phehlukwayo for two, while Joe Mennie (2-27 from 20) claimed Vernon Philander (7) and Dane Piedt (7) either side as Whiteman snared a fourth catch.

After lunch, Bancroft and Handscomb each took sharp grabs as Australia A closed out the innings to earn a 112-run lead.

Handscomb's brilliant catch hands Tremain his fifth

Renshaw and Bancroft patiently built on that lead before tea, the pair playing themselves in nicely in conditions that remain helpful to the batsmen.

In the final session, they accelerated sharply, Renshaw passing 50 and taking his score towards his century at better than a run a ball.

The tall left-hander hit two sixes – one over cover off the spin of Dane Piedt, and another from medium pacer Stiaan van Zyl over midwicket – as the openers combined to set their side up perfectly for the coming assault.

Renshaw falls just shy of ton in Brisbane

Upon Renshaw's dismissal, caught behind off the bowling of Piedt, skipper Handscomb sent the big-hitting Glenn Maxwell in and the recently-dropped Australia ODI batsman provided an entertaining cameo.

Two boundaries came from his crafty reverse paddle, while he also launched three sweetly-struck sixes in a lightning 38 from 22 balls.

Maxwell thrills with brilliant cameo

Maxwell, Kurtis Patterson (six), Marcus Stoinis (14) and Sam Whiteman (2) all fell in the pursuit of quick runs, paceman Sisanda Magala taking three wickets as the hosts looked to build a big enough lead while also allowing themselves enough time to bowl out their opposition on the fourth and final day.

And while the pitch continues to favour the batsmen, South Africa will have to apply themselves more committedly in the second innings than they did first time around if they're to escape with a draw, or more improbably, a win in this winter 'A' series opener. 

"(Our bowling group) are all hard workers and hopefully they can take those 10 wickets we need," Renshaw said after play.

"The pitch is playing pretty well but there are a couple of cracks starting to open up. A couple (of balls) hit them today and moved around today, so hopefully we can hit them and get a few wickets out of it."

Brilliant Bancroft stars for Aus A

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