South Australia 363 (Weatherald 152, Carey 46*, Richardson 4-90, Moody 3-95) and 1 for 54 (Weatherald 17*, Mennie 8*) need another 271 runs to beat Western Australia 7 for 514 dec (Bancroft 228*, Mitchell Marsh 95, Mennie 3-127, Worrall 2-122) and 173 (Shaun Marsh 52, Mennie 3-28, Sayers 3-45)
South Australia’s four-man pace attack dismissed Western Australia for 173 to leave their side with a gettable final-day score on the third day of their Sheffield Shield fixture at the WACA. The pair of Chadd Sayers and Joe Mennie combined to pick six wickets, Kane Richardson took two, while Daniel Worrall accounted for Jhye Richardson.
Mennie was first to strike, having Cameron Bancroft, the first-innings double-centurion, caught-behind for 17. Barring Shaun Marsh, Bancroft’s opening partner, who struck a 77-ball 52, the rest of Western Australia’s batting failed to impress. They were also hurt by the absence of allrounder Marcus Stoinis, who had to forego his chance to bat owing to injury.
Pacer Andrew Holder struck in South Australia’s chase of 325 when he bowled Johnathon Dalton for 29, ending an opening stand of 45. Jake Weatherfield was not out on 17 and had Joe Mennie, unbeaten on 8, for company at stumps.
The day began with South Australia on 6 for 322 in their first innings. Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey, who was unbeaten on 26 overnight, remained unbeaten on 46 to shore them up to 363. But South Australia had fallen well short of Western Australia’s first-innings total of 7 for 514, conceding a lead of 151. Richardson wiped out the tail in quick time to finish with 4 for 90.