Adelaide: Young paceman Paul Rofe claimed seven wickets in searing temperatures to lead South Australia (SA) to an outright Sheffield Shield cricket win over New South Wales (NSW) on Saturday.
South Australia dismissed NSW for 247 in the second innings to win by 67 runs, with man-of-the-match Rofe taking a career-best seven for 52 to give him 13 wickets for the match. He took his previous best figures of six for 60 in the first innings. It was the first 10-wicket Shield match-haul for Rofe, who turned 21 on the first day of the game, and gave him 34 wickets for the season, the most of any player in the competition at an average of 18.2. Starting the day at 10 without loss and needing 315 runs to win, NSW lost five wickets in the morning session, Rofe picking up the first three, including the out- of-form Michael Slater for a duck. Mark Higgs (67) and wicket-keeper Brad Haddin (47) revived NSW's chances in the second session with a 104-run partnership in 103 minutes to carry NSW to 200 for five, 115 runs short of victory. But Rofe took the vital wicket of Haddin to signal the end for NSW. SA cricket manager Greg Chappell said Rofe was a future Test prospect. "Paul's not only an outstanding performer but he has the potential to be a leader and all those sorts of things, it's pleasing to see someone like that come through and take their opportunity," said Chappell.
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