The South Australia- Victoria rivalry heats up once again as they meet in the Sheffield Shield final at Glenelg this morning.
South Australia started the season well, blazing to top spot heading into the Big Bash break. However, when they returned their performances began to drop and started losing games, looking like once again they will fall at the last huddle. To their credit, they were able to win their last 2 matches to go into the final with confidence.
Victoria had some mixed results this season. When they are at their best, they are hardly any teams that can beat them but when they are at their worst, they crumble easily. They have beaten top teams such as New South Wales and Queensland but lose to bottom placed, Tasmania so they are hoping to perform in the final.
Captain Travis Head has been in terrific form this season for the Redbacks with 3 centuries including 2 in the last 2 matches. Being made captain this year and the pressure being on the 22 year old, he has shown great maturity and leadership to guide his team to the final. Jake Lehmann has also been fantastic this season. The son of Australia coach Darren, Lehmann has scored 609 runs with an average of 50. He has made 3 centuries including a double century earlier in the season.
Victoria has uncovered a gem in Travis Dean. The 24 year old opener has scored 624 runs this season including 2 centuries and 3 fifties. This is his first year playing for Victoria and has shown great composure at the top of the order to help Victoria make big totals. Marcos Stoinis has been great with the bat too scoring 552 runs including 2 centuries and 3 fifties. He has been able to score consistently throughout the season which has made him a key part of the squad with not only with the bat but with bowl as well.
The bowling attack of both sides are strong. South Australia have the leading wicket taker in the competition with Joe Mennie who has 19 wickets. Chad Sayers who has come off a 10 wicket haul and being a part of the Australian test squad in New Zealand, has 13 wickets while the improving Daniel Worrall has 16 wickets.
Victoria have Scott Boland who has performed well this season has 14 wickets and as a result was part of the Australian test squad last summer. Chris Tremain has been consistent with 13 wickets while spinner Fawad Ahmed has helped collect wickets for the team with 17 so far.
If there happens to be a draw then South Australia will claim the shield as they finished on top of the table. Although the curator of the pitch has said that there should be a result.
South Australia will be looking for their first shield title in 20 years while Victoria want to come to South Australia and take the title away from them.
The game will start at 10:30 ACST.
West End Redbacks: Travis Head (c), Thomas Andrews, Alex Carey, Mark Cosgrove, Jake Lehmann, Joe Mennie, Elliot Opie, Sam Raphael, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall
Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers: Matthew Wade (c), Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Dan Christian, Travis Dean, Peter Handscomb, Ian Holland, Jon Holland, Clint McKay, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Tremain, Cameron White