Peter Handscomb and Jonathan Merlo hundreds condemn South Australia to winless season



The Redbacks gave a big chase a decent attempt but ended with nothing to show across both formats for the season

Victoria 7 for 333 (Handscomb 131, Merlo 101, Agar 3-46) beat South Australia 312 (Head 77, Nielsen 51, Short 3-44, Merlo 3-45) by 21 runs

Not once in the 28 years since the Australian domestic one-day competition became a league in which all states played each other at least once, in 1992-93, had a team gone through a full season without winning a single game in either limited-overs or first-class tournaments. That streak was broken by South Australia in their defeat to Victoria at the Junction Oval, consigning the Redbacks to 13 matches this summer without even one victory.

Last winter SA’s cricket fortunes had been deemed so poor that an external review from the high-profile figure of Michael Hussey was commissioned by the SACA, leading to the appointment of Jason Gillespie as coach of the state team in addition to the Adelaide Strikers. Where the Redbacks go to from here is anyone’s guess, but it is likely to compel the state’s high performance wing to countenance the recruitment of more fringe dwellers from bigger states.

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