Worrall five-for revives Redbacks' season

South Australia celebrate their Sheffield Shield victory against Western Australia at Adelaide Oval.
South Australia celebrate their Sheffield Shield victory against Western Australia at Adelaide Oval.

South Australia's flagging Sheffield Shield campaign is firmly back on track after knocking over highly-credentialed Western Australia for their second win in succession and first victory at Adelaide Oval for three years.

The Redbacks collected a deserved win with a strong all-round bowling performance from their seamers as WA were bowled out for 222 for a 109-run victory.

The result lifted SA to within touching distance of second-placed Queensland and third-placed WA as the race for a spot in next month's Shield final intensifies with three rounds remaining.

Wes Agar (2-52) and Nick Winter (2-63) took crucial top-order wickets, while the ever-reliable Chadd Sayers collected four scalps in the first innings.

Marcus Stoinis (60) was the only WA batsman to really get going before being trapped lbw by a superb Winter delivery.

But the match-winner was a fast bowler on his return to first class cricket following a nine-month injury absence with a stress fracture in the back.

Daniel Worrall ripped through the WA lower-order during the final session of play just as the visitors looked like they might dig in for a draw.

Worrall took the final five wickets to fall to collect 5-31 off 18 overs as WA lost their final five wickets for just 34.

"We believe we can perform the rest of the year and make the Shield final," Worrall said as SA chase a Shield final for the first time in three years.

"We (SA) have tried to keep an optimistic mindset after such a long stretch of inconsistency and underperformance.

"It was a really good pitch. There was enough in it when you bend your back and it swung around throughout the match.

"Our guys batted brilliantly to get us in a position to win the game."

Worrall took his time over his comeback and sat out the first six matches of the Shield season.

"Not playing four-day cricket during the first half of the season really got me in a space mentally and physically where I could go full throttle."

South Australia opened the day at 5-179 and thumped 17 runs before declaring after just two overs at 5-196.

WA made a solid start before rookie paceman Agar knocked over Test batsmen Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh with successive balls.

In his first Shield season Agar has now moved top of the competition's wicket-taking list alongside Tasmania's Jackson Bird with 28 scalps.

Australian Associated Press