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Redbacks close in on Shield victory v WA

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016

A Shaun Marsh century will not be able to help Western Australia avoid a big defeat at the hands of South Australia in their Sheffield Shield clash at the WACA Ground.The Redbacks were 0-32 at stumps on day three of the day-night clash, requiring a further 37 runs for victory when play resumes on Friday afternoon.Kelvin Smith is unbeaten on 16 and Jake Weatherald is on 15.The pair faced eight overs on Thursday night, but were not in a hurry to chase down the total of 69 runs for victory, with a whole day left to play.The Warriors were dismissed for 302 runs late on Thursday, with Chadd Sayers doing the damage taking 4-57 and wicketkeeper Alex Carey grabbing five catches.Marsh held up the WA innings, showing no since of a hamstring injury which has plagued him as he batted beautifully for his 110 runs from 165 balls and looked set to at least push the match late in to the fourth and final day.But he feathered the first ball of the final session - his first faced under the WACA lights - to Redbacks Carey off the bowling of Sayers, sparking a collapse as WA lost 6-86.But while all eyes were on Marsh as he pushed for selection in the Australian team that will host South Africa in the First Test in Perth next week, it was Sayers that was determining the outcome of the game.In the space of three overs after tea, he took 3-0, removing Michael Klinger (30) and then, with consecutive balls, Australian squad members Adam Voges and Mitch Marsh for ducks.Marsh and Klinger had shared a 72-run partnership in the build up to tea, to have the Warriors 1-97.But just five overs after the break, the Warriors had slumped to 4-107.Earlier, resuming at 8-474, the Redbacks added 1-31 in quick time to start day three but were thwarted by Ashton Agar (3-71).

Redbacks skipper Travis Head said they considered going after the small total and finishing the game on Thursday night, but didn't make it a priority.

"We had a late dash at it," he said.

"But the night is the best time to bowl, so we can come back (on Friday morning) and knock the runs off; make it a nice clean performance and do it well.

"At stages (earlier in the field) it was a bit frustrating, but to come back out in the night session (and get six wickets) was fantastic."

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