Klinger and Christian floor Warriors
South Australia 4 for 229 (Klinger 113, Christian 48) beat Western Australia 9 for 228 (North 85, Christian 4-32, O'Brien 4-41) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Four-wicket hauls from Aaron O'Brien and Daniel Christian, backed up by opener Michael Klinger's sixth List A century, boosted South Australia to a comfortable six-wicket win over Western Australia at the Adelaide Oval. Christian's was an all-round effort: he smote six fours and two sixes in his quickfire 48 and handed his team a bonus point just in the nick of time, off the final ball of the 40th over. The win propelled the Redbacks to third place after having played eight games, while the Warriors, after squandering a solid start from their top order, find themselves at the bottom.
The Redbacks captain Daniel Harris turned to O'Brien's left-arm spin after the pace attack had failed to break a steady partnership between Wes Robinson and Liam Davis. The pair added 73 before O'Brien bowled Harris through the gate. Robinson marched on, aided by his captain Marcus North, and promised to construct another threatening stand, but an ill-timed slog-sweep ended his knock.
The dismissal had a domino-effect, for the middle order crumbled to relentless spells from O'Brien and Christian - they grabbed five wickets for 17 in just a little more than five overs. North, whose innings had seven boundaries, watched helplessly from the other end but a ray of hope emerged in the form of Ashley Noffke, whose 30-ball 26 reignited the possibility of posting a competitive total. O'Brien hit back, grabbing two wickets in an over, but North, taking the bulk of the strike and finding the boundary at the death, offered his bowlers something of a chance.
As it turned out, North's efforts proved inadequate. Klinger's application at one end ensured a healthy run-rate, despite his opening partner Harris' slow scoring. The Warriors' momentary high when Harris and Tom Cooper fell within a space of ten runs dissipated in the wake of a surge in scoring from the batsmen who followed. Cameron Borgas contributed a run-a-ball 38 amid Klinger's constant efforts to pierce the field, and Christian, thanks to a perfectly-timed Powerplay in the 34th over, launched an unforgiving assault, fetching 57 in five overs to drag his team within reach of the bonus point and a comprehensive victory.
Klinger was named Man of the Match for his century. "I made a sort of an effort after the first 15 to get as many ones as I could," he said. "I knew it would be easier to get boundaries in the first 15, and after that [I would] just try to hold it together with singles as well as I could." He reserved special praise for Borgas, with whom he added 71 for the third wicket. "Borgy's been playing that role really well all year and he's having a great year in both forms [Sheffield Shield and 50-over]," he said. "He came in and ticked [the scoreboard] over straight away, which was exactly what we needed."