Record-breaker Bevan leads the way
Tasmania 4 for 248 (Bevan 115, Cox 68) v South Australia
Michael Bevan continued his run-fest this season, scoring a superb 115 as Tasmania made 4 for 248 on the first day of their Pura Cup match against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval. En route to his innings, Bevan set two records - he topped Matthew Elliott to become the leading scorer in a Pura Cup/ Sheffield Shield season, while his eight hundreds for the season was also a record.
Bevan's batsmanship was the highlight on a day in which Tasmania made comfortable progress after choosing to bat. They lost an early wicket, when David Dawson was dismissed for 6, but Bevan joined Jamie Cox (68), and the two added 116 for the second wicket to put Tasmania in charge. Daniel Marsh then chipped in with 35, adding 89 for the third wicket, but South Australia fought back with two wickets late in the day, including the scalp of Bevan, to ensure that they weren't completely out of the match yet.
Bevan's 115 took his Pura Cup tally for the season to 1420 in his ninth match, bettering Elliott's 1381 in 11 matches last season. Elliott had made seven centuries in 2003-04, as many as Matthew Hayden had managed in 1993-94. That was a record, till Bevan topped it today.