Marsh Sheffield Shield 2021-22
Siddle stars as Tigers win Shield thriller
Five-for to former Test quick helps Tasmania record the first victory of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season
20 October 2021, 09:24 PM AEST
A five-wicket haul from evergreen paceman Peter Siddle and a brave batting performance has lifted Tasmania to a thrilling three-wicket Sheffield Shield win over Western Australia at the WACA Ground.
Chasing 217 for victory from what became a rain-reduced 58 overs on Wednesday, the Tigers reached the victory target with 26 balls to spare as rain clouds hovered close to the ground.
Charlie Wakim (50 off 81 balls) and Caleb Jewell (52 off 51 balls) produced handy knocks to set up the successful run chase, while Jarrod Freeman (21no) and Jake Doran (19) held their nerve after Tasmania had fallen to 6-186.
Siddle, who hit the winning runs after Doran was dismissed late, wound back the clock earlier in the day by snaring 5-40 to dismiss WA for 230 shortly after lunch.
"It's been a while since I got one (a five-for) in Australia. It's my first one for Tassie, which is nice," Siddle said.
"Coming here this morning we didn't know what was going to eventuate. So to bowl WA out and be in a position to win the game was a starting point.
"We didn't know how long we were going to have, light has played a part throughout the game, as well as rain. "Both held off long enough for us to get the result, which is great."
Under normal conditions Tasmania would have had a minimum of 70 overs to achieve the victory target, but a number of rain delays saw that number whittled down to just 58.
The rain held off for the final session and the Tigers kept the runs ticking over to ensure the required run rate never got out of hand.
Cameron Green falls LBW to Peter Siddle on 13, just before play halts for bad light at the WACA. Scorecard: https://t.co/7ZKu3O0zBu #SheffieldShield pic.twitter.com/S74Xt32ulf— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 19, 2021
Earlier, WA had lost 5-26 in a disastrous start to the final day to be in all sorts of trouble at 7-155, with a lead of just 141.
But tail-ender Jhye Richardson (50 no off 59 balls) and Joel Paris (27 off 69 balls) came to the rescue with an invaluable 72-run stand to propel WA back into the contest.
Richardson was forced to sit out days two and three after suffering a back spasm while warming up on Monday.
But he didn't show any signs of soreness during his blistering knock, and he returned figures of 2-37 off 14 overs with the ball.
"It was a fantastic game of cricket," Richardson said.
"It was disappointing we couldn't get over the line, but a wicket like that produces a result and that's what we want.
"I found looking to score was probably the way to go about it instead of shutting up shop.
"The idea was to go out there and try to hit some quick runs, but that's the way I like to go about it anyway. "
PLAYER OF THE MATCH | Lawrence Neil-Smith ✨Take a bow, LNS! Although he had to be subbed out of the match after 2 days of play, a 5fa with the ball in the 1st innings, followed by a match-high score of 60 with the bat sees LNS awarded as a much-deserved POTM 🏆#WeAreTigers pic.twitter.com/SoePlK2wM2— TasmanianTigers (@TasmanianTigers) October 20, 2021
Meredith, who was substituted into the game after Lawrence Neil-Smith suffered a concussion, snared the prized wickets of Shaun Marsh (58), Hilton Cartwright (0) and Josh Philippe (two).
Siddle dismissed Cameron Bancroft, Cameron Green, D'Arcy Short, Richardson and Lance Morris among his haul.
Neil-Smith was remarkably named player of the match despite being subbed out on day three, having taken five first-innings wickets before adding 60 runs as a nightwatchman.