South Australia v New South Wales, Ryobi Cup, Adelaide October 15, 2011

Cooper hundred earns Redbacks victory

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South Australia 3 for 262 (Cooper 100*, Klinger 75, Ferguson 53) beat New South Wales 3 for 261 (Khawaja 116, Hughes 96) by seven wickets

A superbly-paced century from Tom Cooper delivered victory to South Australia in their first match of the domestic season as New South Wales were left to regret a sluggish finish to their innings. Usman Khawaja made his second one-day hundred and Phillip Hughes posted 96 to give the Blues a dream start, but they needed more than their 3 for 261 to prevent the Redbacks succeeding in their chase.

Cooper struck the winning runs with an over to spare, timing his dash to triple-figures perfectly, as the final drive past mid-on from the bowling of Trent Copeland brought up his century and the victory. It was his second hundred in one-day cricket for the Redbacks, and he had solid support in the end from Cameron Borgas, who ended up unbeaten on 30.

Callum Ferguson made 53 at better than a run a ball, until he was caught at deep midwicket trying to smash Moises Henriques out of the ground, and the captain Michael Klinger set the chase off to a bright start with 75. Mitchell Starc began perfectly, with Daniel Harris lbw first ball to a beautiful inswinger, but the young New South Wales fast men struggled to contain South Australia.

Josh Hazlewood, in his first match for his state since February 2010, following a long lay-off due to a stress fracture in his back, battled to find his rhythm. However, the real problem for the Blues was that the target should have been closer to 300 after Hughes and Khawaja put on 212 for the first wicket.

Hughes started slowly and while he lifted his tempo later, he still finished at well below a run a ball, with 96 from 129 deliveries, while Khawaja's 116 used up 137 balls. The Blues passed their 200 with nearly ten overs to go and ten wickets in hand, but some good bowling at the death from Gary Putland and Kane Richardson was crucial in preventing a blowout.

Khawaja fell from the final ball of the innings, when he flicked Putland in the air to deep square leg, the second wicket for Putland. But while Khawaja was the star of the first half of the game, Cooper was Man of the Match for his match-winning effort.

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  • Randolph on October 17, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    @ Ben1989 - spot on, don't you just get sick of the Hughes bashers? It is like they haven't seen a non-textbook batting style before despite Chanderpaul, Katich, Gilly even Lara.

  • Ben on October 17, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    @Meety, yes Richo certainly bowled very well mate, even though no wickets, kept things tight & bowled to his field perfectly, also I probably should've said I really was only agreeing on Dashgar's last comment, I don't think Starc or Hazlewood have much more to learn, they just need to get back into the swings of things like you said, yes Fergo should certainly be in the int ODI team at least at the moment, replacing S Smith or D Hussey...

  • Andrew on October 16, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    @Ben1989/Dashgar - I think too much is expected of Starc & Hazlewood at the moment. These guys have had serious injuries in recent times, Starc has had some good cricket under his belt, but Hazlewood hasn't bowled at a noteworthy level since August 2010, so I'm not surprised he is rusty. Ferguson shouldn't even be in the country at the moment, he should be spending the next 3 or 4 weeks on International ODI & Test duties, the Test team as a reserve, the ODI side as a full fledged batsmen @#5 in the order. == == == I think the way in which the Powerplays will evolve, will lead to pinch hitters being more common. I think there will be more emphasis on good quality batting, turning over the strike between overs 10 to 35. Allowing 15 overs of "mad" batting at the end. This will mean an "Old Fashioned" conserving wickets at a good S/R. This to me means that Ferguson is esential. == == == Didn't get to see any of this match, Richardson didn't get any wickets but I assume he bowled well??

  • Ben on October 16, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Dashgar is exactly right, you all want Hughes to throw his wicket away at the start do you? & then we'll see the usual comments putting him down, he got himself in & then attacked, last 60 runs was scored off 35 balls or something, I think yes they possibly should've started attacking a little earlier then they did, but 260 was a decent score, it wasn't like Hughes wasn't looking for runs, our SA boys just bowled pretty tight & didn't allow easy runs...

  • Tim on October 16, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Great batting by Cooper, Klinger and Ferguson. Made NSW's bowling attack look very weak and inexperienced. It seems Starc and Hazelwood have a lot more to learn at this level and this game will hopefully serve as a wakeup call. Good to see Khawaja and Hughes batting well, if a little slow. I'd prefer them to bat slow than to give away their wicket. In the end NSW should have been able to defend 260.

  • Randolph on October 16, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Brilliant effort redbacks, the tide may be changing!

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    @Blake Houston...Tom Cooper (in the one day mode anyway) would not look out of place with an Australian top on. He proved himself at an internation level in the world cup and he has been a fine player in the domestic set up. His only problem would be in the FC format where he seems to always find away to get himself out. For NSW the way I've watched Rohrer play the last two season I know some may have seen it as selfish but if he wanted a big hitter I think he should of promoted himself. In the end though whatever is said about this game I feel the difference was Lyon and Richardson did a better job getting the New South Wales batsmen quiet. The pitch was a road and South Australia knew the way to victory was containment rather then attack. On top of that NSW have another handy spinner in Doran. Didn't look too bad

  • Basil on October 15, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Well done Cooper, and once again Fergusson. One day the Aussie selectors will wake up and make you a permanent member of the ODI team rather than topping up Pontings pension. As for NSW, too selfish and slow from two of there batsmen. Yes, there runs column might have looked good, but in one day cricket, the balls faced is very important also.

  • Trey on October 15, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Great start to the season boys! Go the Redbacks! Give me a proper state team over some cynical marketing exercise any day! southern strikers who????

  • Mariam on October 15, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Hughes played terribly for his first 50 funs, scoring 15 off the first 16 overs, that's selfish batting. Well batted Cooper and Khawaja

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