Tasmania on track for Shield rout of SA

Paceman Luke Butterworth set Tasmania on course for victory against strugglers South Australia on Thursday’s third day of the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.

Forced to follow-on, the Redbacks were 6-103 in their second innings at stumps, still 76 runs behind the Tigers.

SA’s batting mainstays Phil Hughes (37), Callum Ferguson (22) and Tom Cooper (14) were all dismissed – the latter two falling caught behind to rash slashes outside off stump.

Tigers paceman Jackson Bird (2-29) did the early damage while Butterworth (2-18), who took six first innings wickets, claimed the prized scalp of Hughes in SA’s second dig.

Butterworth later added SA captain Johan Botha to his collection of eight victims for the match.

The Redbacks’ winless Shield streak appears certain to extend to 18 matches, as the Tigers eye their first outright triumph this season following a draw against NSW last week.

Earlier, Tasmania enacted the follow on after bowling SA out for 224 in their first innings.

Butterworth’s career best first-class figures of 6-49 were supported by two wickets each to James Faulkner and spinner Jason Krejza.

Career high scores from wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman (85) and tailender Chadd Sayers (38 not out) couldn’t save the Redbacks from the follow-on.

Ludeman and Sayers put on 107 for the ninth wicket – a Shield record for SA against Tasmania, and the highest partnership of the innings.

But the Redbacks were bowled out some 179 runs behind Tasmania’s first innings total of 3(dec)-403.

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