South Australia v Tasmania, FR Cup, Adelaide December 10, 2008

Klinger's 133 races Redbacks to high-scoring success

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 4 for 313 (Klinger 133*, Cooper 66, Ferguson 52) beat Tasmania 5 for 310 (Birt 94, Marsh 76*, Dighton 59) by 6 wickets
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Travis Birt's brutal innings put Tasmania on track for a huge total, but it wasn't enough © Getty Images
 

Michael Klinger's first one-day century for South Australia pushed the Redbacks to a thrilling six-wicket victory as they sped to 4 for 313 with eight balls to spare. After Tasmania skipped to 310 thanks to Travis Birt's 80-ball 94, the hosts immediately broke the ground's domestic record in a breathtaking chase.

Klinger, who carried his bat for 133, has been incredible for his new state and his only jitters came as he approached his century. Once the milestone was passed he quickly set about achieving an important win - although it couldn't lift them from the bottom of the table.

Tom Cooper started with 66 in a bright opening partnership of 114 and Klinger combined in a useful stand with Younis Khan (35) before the innings accelerated when Callum Ferguson arrived. Ferguson's 52 from 35 balls, which peaked with consecutive sixes off Chris Duval, turned a hopeful target into an achievable one.

When Jason Krejza bowled Ferguson it was left to Klinger to steer the final stages and he finished with 10 fours and two sixes from 128 balls. Tasmania could not do anything to stop Klinger despite trying seven bowlers. Krejza's first match since he took 12 wickets on Test debut against India resulted in 45 runs from seven overs and a dropped catch off Ferguson early in his stay.

Birt's rapid innings put Tasmania in an excellent position after Michael Dighton had started with a run-a-ball 59. Dighton, who hit ten fours, walked across to edge Daniel Christian in the same over that George Bailey (9) drove to point.

Birt crashed three sixes in his half-century and then belted another four, with Mark Cleary the target during the batting powerplay. He hit two in a row, including one on the roof of a Chappell stand off Cleary, and another four pushed him to 94, when he was immediately caught at long-on. It was the one bright spot in a Cleary over that went for 21.

The dismissal ended Birt's 159-run partnership with Dan Marsh, who controlled the concluding overs with 76 from 85 balls. Krejza also found the roof of a Chappell stand in his 20 while Brendan Drew finished the innings with a six over square leg.

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