JLT Sheffield Shield 2018-19
Vics close in, SA facing winless season
Victoria charging towards another Shield win after bowlers dominate Redbacks in Adelaide
22 March 2019, 06:52 PM AEST
Victoria are on track for a morale-boosting final-round win over South Australia ahead of hosting next week's JLT Sheffield Shield final.
A depleted Victorian batting line-up raced to 0-69 at stumps on day three at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide to be 98 runs shy of victory against the bottom-placed Redbacks.
Set 167 to win, the Vics came out of the blocks quickly and scored their 69 runs off 20 overs.
Out-of-form skipper Travis Dean ended the day on 33, while the Shield's leading run-scorer Marcus Harris is unbeaten on 36.
Victoria's impressive pace attack was again at the fore on Friday as South Australia's top-order quickly became rubble.
James Pattinson made a double early breakthrough and ended with a return of 2-7 from seven overs.
Chris Tremain ran through the lower-order for figures of 4-34 as South Australia again suffered a tail-end collapse, this time losing their last five wickets for just 26 runs.
The home side's innings was held together by Travis Head (37) and Brad Davis (52) who put on 63 for the fifth wicket
Davis, who scored his maiden first class 50, then joined with wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen (40) for a 64-run partnership, but there was little other resistance from an inexperienced Redbacks side.
Victoria, who resumed on day three at 8-240, added just six more runs before the ninth wicket fell, spelling the end of their innings with injured batsman Nic Maddinson already ruled out of the remainder of the match.
Victoria will host either New South Wales or Western Australia in the five-day season finale, which commences next Thursday.
South Australia: Jake Weatherald, Conor McInerney, Kelvin Smith, Travis Head (c), Jake Lehmann, Brad Davis, Harry Nielsen (wk), Tom Andrews, Nick Winter, Chadd Sayers, Luke Robins
Victoria: Travis Dean (c), Marcus Harris, Will Pucovski, Nic Maddinson, Matt Short, Seb Gotch (wk), James Pattinson, Chris Tremain, Peter Siddle, Jon Holland, Andrew Fekete