Tasmania v South Australia – Ryobi One-Day Cup 2012/2013 (7th match) – Match Recap
Phillip Hughes smashed a massive century to propel South Australia to a comprehensive 82-run win (their second consecutive limited-overs victory) over Tasmania in the 7th match of the ongoing Ryobi One-Day Cup 2012/2013, played at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on October 30.
Tasmania won the toss and chose to field first, and while Jason Krejza (11-0-58-4) and James Faulkner (10-0-44-2) made valiant efforts to restrict the opposition, the Redbacks eventually posted a solid final total of 248.
South Australia opener Michael Klinger remained ineffective and was dismissed early for 10 by Ben Hilfenhaus (13-1-74-1) in the 5th over of the innings. His fellow opener Hughes, however, went on to contribute a massive individual total of 114 – his first century for the Redbacks – and was joined by Callum Ferguson (32) for a 71-run partnership for the second wicket.
Their combined efforts got the team up to 88 by the 21st over, after which Ferguson was run out by Tasmania skipper George Bailey. His successor, Tom Cooper, was not able to apply himself at the crease for too long, and only managed to contribute 10 runs before Faulkner intervened to send him packing in the 29th over – however, his 39-run partnership with Player of the Match Hughes saw the Redbacks’ score swelling to 127.
Daniel Christian was dismissed by Faulkner on duck in the very same over, and the next batsman to step up to the crease was Alex Ross – however, he too remained uninspiring, contributing only 7 before he was trapped lbw by Krejza in the 34th over.
Skipper Johan Botha steadied the innings to a great degree with an unbeaten 55, in addition to joining forces with centurion Hughes for a 76-run stand for the 6th wicket. By the time Hughes was dislodged by Krejza in the 46th over, followed by wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman’s (0) dismissal in the very same over, the Redbacks had reached 218 for 7.
Kane Richardson (3) was Krejza’s final wicket of the day, and by the end of 50 overs, with 8 wickets down, and Botha and Nathan Lyon (2*) at the crease, the Redbacks posted a final total of 248.
South Australia followed up their impressive batting display with an equally solid bowling attack, with skipper Botha (10.4-0-29-4) leading from the front with an all-round performance, as Jake Haberfield (8-0-35-3) and Daniel Christian (8-0-35-2) chipped in with supporting performances.
The Tigers’ batsmen, in response, were only able to muster up a string of insipid contributions. Wicketkeeper batsman Tim Paine (36), Mark Cosgrove (37), and Aiden Blizzard (37) remained the only notable batsmen, while Ricky Ponting (14), Ed Cowan (22), and James Faulkner (10) were the only other batsmen who managed to reach double figures.
Skipper George Bailey was sent packing on duck, and the remainder of the Tigers’ batsmen were unable to stick it out at the crease long enough to surpass single-digit scores. The team eventually found themselves all out at 166, with South Australia going on to claim a massive 82-run win.