Peter Siddle rolled back the years for Tasmania, bagging a five-wicket haul and hitting the winning runs against Western Australia on day four of their Sheffield Shield clash, as they beat WA by three wickets at the WACA.
Inclement weather reared its ugly head again and continued to cause delays throughout the game, but it didn’t stop Siddle from producing a stellar bowling display.
The 36-year-old claimed the wickets of D’Arcy Short, Jhye Richardson and Lance Morris on the last day of the match after he’d already snagged Cameron Bancroft and Cameron Green earlier on.
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WA began the day with the intention of extending the run chase for Tasmania, but those hopes began to fade as skipper Shaun Marsh was dismissed by Tasmania substitute Riley Meredith on 58.
Meredith was a constant thorn in the side of WA throughout their innings, before a valiant partnership between Joel Paris and Jhye Richardson helped to increase Tasmania’s run target.
However, their time at the crease came to an end after 72 runs between the pair, as Beau Webster snared Paris.
Richardson followed him to the change room not long after, as he exited for 50.
Lance Morris and Matthew Kelly were unable to offer anything with the bat, the former caught by Caleb Jewell off a Peter Siddle delivery.
It was the 26th five-wicket haul of Siddle’s lengthy career, as he finished with figures of 5/40 off 22.1 overs.
WA set Tasmania the task of scoring 217 to win, and the Apple Isle team got off to a hot start as opener Caleb Jewell and Tim Ward went hard and fast early.
Jewell hit a quick-fire half-century off of 46 balls, but he and Ward were sent packing one after the other having posted a 74-run partnership.
Charlie Wakim helped steady the ship with a composed half-century, but immediately after raising his bat he chopped a Jhye Richardson delivery onto the stumps as Tasmania sat in a precarious position at 166/5.
However, the visitors held firm and some solid hitting from Jake Doran and Beau Webster helped put Tasmania on the track for victory.
Ultimately it was Tasmanian spinner Jarrod Freeman who proved to be the unlikeliest of heroes for the side, as some rather unorthodox shots propelled him to an unbeaten knock of 21 and helped the visitors to a hard-earned victory.