Ferguson ton gets South Australia home
South Australia 4 for 223 (Ferguson 101*, Cooper 52) beat Tasmania 222 (Cowan 62, Duval 3-33, Christian 3-55) by 6 wickets
An unbeaten century from Callum Ferguson delivered victory to South Australia and ended Tasmania's eight-match unbeaten streak in domestic one-day games. Ferguson finished on 101 and hit the winning runs to get the Redbacks to their target of 223 with 14 deliveries to spare, after one costly Jason Krejza over all but confirmed the result.
The Tigers were fighting to stay in the contest when Krejza was handed the ball with 27 needed off 24 balls, but Daniel Christian quickly blew Tasmania out of the game with a powerful display. He blasted Krejza for three fours and two sixes to bring his team within three of victory, before blocking the final ball of the over to finish on 31 from 11 deliveries, ensuring Ferguson would have a chance to reach triple figures at the other end.
Ferguson brought up his second one-day century with a pull for two through midwicket off James Faulkner, reminding the Australian selectors of his form after he was part of the expanded squad for the first Ashes Test. He combined with Tom Cooper (52) in a 122-run partnership that guided South Australia to their strong position, after they also took the one point for leading at the halfway point.
Tasmania chose to bat but found the Bellerive pitch a little slow, and Peter George (2 for 37) proved especially difficult to get away. Ed Cowan guided the Tigers to 2 for 76 after their first block of overs, which wasn't enough as Ferguson steered South Australia to 3 for 79 after their initial 20-over effort.
Cowan finished with 62 but couldn't see the innings through to its completion when he was caught in the deep trying to slice Chris Duval over point. A quick 40 from 26 balls from Luke Butterworth helped Tasmania force their way to 222, but Duval (3 for 33) and Christian, who took 3 for 55, troubled the lower order and dismissed the Tigers in their 45th over.