South Australia v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup final, Adelaide

South Australia take title in thrilling tie

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

February 25, 2012

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South Australia 285 (Klinger 81, Harris 60, Faulkner 4-75, Bird 3-39) tied with Tasmania 4 for 285 (Bailey 101, Ponting 75*, Cosgrove 69, Lyon 3-86) - South Australia won the Ryobi Cup

George Bailey whips one through the leg side, South Australia v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup final, Adelaide, February 25, 2012
George Bailey was Man of the Match for his 101 but he was devastated not to see Tasmania home © Getty Images

South Australia's 25-year drought without a one-day title ended with a thrilling tie that delivered them the Ryobi Cup in the final in Adelaide. In a remarkable last over, Tasmania needed five runs for victory but managed only four as Gary Putland held his nerve to take the key wicket of the centurion George Bailey and then denied the new batsman James Faulkner the runs he required.

Faulkner needed two from the last ball and South Australia knew that as the team that finished on top of the table, a tie was enough for them to take the title. Faulkner couldn't lay bat on ball and although he and his partner Ricky Ponting ran through for a bye, there was no way Tasmania could conjure the extra run to overhaul South Australia's 285.

The South Australia celebrations were fitting for a side that has won so little silverware in the past couple of decades. The coach Darren Berry raced on to the field and embraced Putland, a bowler he mentioned before the match as a key to the side's chances, and the captain Michael Klinger was also in among the hugs after he helped set up the win with 81 and then some calm leadership at the end.

Tasmania were without question the favourites during the last few overs of the game as Bailey, the Tasmania captain, and Ponting, the champion dropped from Australia's ODI side, compiled a 174-run partnership that looked certain to take the Tigers to victory. But the loss of Bailey for 101 from the second ball of the last over, lbw to a low full toss when he tried to paddle sweep Putland, was the key moment.

He had brought up his century in the second-last over with a similar lap sweep off the spin of Aaron O'Brien from his 103rd delivery. Bailey had constructed his innings well, starting off slowly and gradually lifting his tempo, and Ponting had played a similar way after they came together with the score at 3 for 108 in the 23rd over.

Ponting was scratchy early in his innings, miscuing several balls and having the good fortune to see some lob just wide of fielders. He was put down on 36 by the eventual hero for the Redbacks, Putland, who ran around at long-on and failed to clasp a chance from a slog-sweep off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Ponting had another life on 58 when Tom Cooper at long-off ran in and couldn't complete a low catch, and Cooper had also put down Bailey on 6. The failures in the field looked like they would cost South Australia the title as the two batsmen stuck around and both cleared the boundary with slog-sweeps off the spinners in the final few overs.

They had come together after Mark Cosgrove departed for 69, one of three top-order wickets for Lyon, who seemed to be keeping his side on track in the early stages after they were bowled out for 285 in the final over of their innings. Klinger had chosen to bat and together with Daniel Harris (60) put on 133 for the opening wicket to give the Redbacks an excellent start.

Klinger finished as comfortably the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 498 at 55.33 but none were more valuable than the 81 he scored in this decider. He drove well through the off side and had good support from Harris, who backed himself and scored at nearly a run a ball, and later in the innings Theo Doropoulos also chipped in with an important cameo of 40 from 34.

Faulkner picked up 4 for 75 and his wickets through the middle overs helped to drag Tasmania back into the match, while Jackson Bird took 3 for 39. But in the end the Tigers needed to find a way to get Ponting on strike in that final over when Faulkner faced the last four balls. Putland didn't let that happen, and South Australia's first one-day title since 1986-87 was complete.

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Posted by zenboomerang on (February 27, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Great game, right to the last ball & deservedly a tie... Still its interesting that 16,000 turned up for the domestic 20/20 final last year, while with the gates thrown open for the OD final only 10,000 turned up this year - even though crowd numbers generally have improved over last summers... Also interesting that 33% of the audience (60,000) at the 1st T20 against India in Sydney were 1st time attendees... It shows that the general public want 20/20 cricket in preference to OD'ers...

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 27, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

The comment about the pads... there are laws around what are permitted as batsmen's protective wear but nothing says they must be worn... a batsman is allowed to add or remove a helmet, arm guard, thigh pad etc whenever they choose, same applies to the pads... the only law REQUIRING the wearing of certain items related to the now defunct 'runner' law in which the runner must be attired EXACTLY as the batsman that they are running for. On another note, I was barracking for a good Punter innings - unfortunate he couldn't bring them home.

Posted by Meety on (February 27, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

Just a thought, (I know that finishing first should mean something), but given Tas lost less wickets & in fact bowled the Sth Ozzys out inside 50 overs, should the placings be the major decider of the winner, or should it be wickets lost?

Posted by Meety on (February 27, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Poor old Faulkner! Reminds me of an indoor cricket match I played where we were about 30 runs ahead when our last 2 batsmen came to the crease. It was the Grand Final, & they kept getting out bowled! We ended up losing by about 20 runs, it was about the time Jana Navotna blew a Wimbledon final & me two mates were forever known as Jana. They NEVER lived it down, it haunts them in their sleep 20 years later! @Claydo78 - Faulkner is an awesome talent, atm he is more of a bowling allrounder, he just had a shocker! No need to make this about poor standards in Oz cricket, which are quite good IMO. The only problem in my mind with where things are at, is that we have too many VERY good bowlers & it is making it very hard for young batsmen atm, to break thru! (However when they do, International cricket will be a breeze for em). @popcorn - re Punter - maybe next year????

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 26, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

The mighty redbacks!!!! Finally!! You beauty. Putland you star!

Posted by smudgeon on (February 26, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

a great advertisement for the domestic one day series! Just a shame that it'll be another 9 or 10 months before it starts up again, and by then the momentum will be lost. excellent match from both sides - a shame Tassie couldn't quite get there, but SA were the form side and Putland's final over was an excellent piece of death bowling. just goes to show there's plenty of depth in Australian cricket, which has always been our main strength...

Posted by susie2112 on (February 26, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

Congratulations to SA for winning such a fantastic game. As a neutral I too found it hard to pick which team so it made the game that much more exciting. Well played Tasmania but, for the game, the result couldn't have been better. Also, well done to SACA for opening the gates to th public for free. What a great idea!

Posted by   on (February 26, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

We are the champions, one of the best finals I have ever seen. Has there ever been a better at the death over from a bowler? Gary Putland, that was friggin awesome mate. Its been a long time between drinks, but, SA, two titles in two years, the next one is the biggie, the Sheffield Shiled, the talent is there, it is just the self belief that is lacking. Go you good things, the Croweaters!!! Still coming down from the high of that victory. Outstanding!

Posted by katandthat3 on (February 25, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

Another amazing one-day game and fitting for a final of one of the best domestic comps going around. Bailey was amazing and surely not far from getting a crack in the Aussie ODI side. Some freakish death bowling from Putland to go with his handy swing at the start, has been around the scene for a while but shows what happens when you put the hard work in. Good to see Punter go well too, if only he could have got on strike in the last over. Only thing I'm disappointed in is that the Ryobi is finished for the year, always enjoy watching domestic cricket to see the talent coming through and the guys who have tasted international cricket and still have the game. The Fox team know how to televise the game too. Really like the changes of only 4 players out of the circle outside of the powerplays and the limit of 13 overs for bowlers, there is nothing wrong with the OD product, if it's balanced between all three formats, all will benefit. ICC take note.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

And before anyone forgets - DRS saved the game and title for SA! Bailey was given not-out in the 2nd ball of the final over but the 3rd umpire overturned it with just a replay. It was a crucial game-turning title-turning decision. DRS is surely the best thing to have happened to cricket in the last decade and despite it's technical uncertainties, it is more accurate than umpires and deserves to be here. BCCI obviously doesn't take note of such instances and whines when matches like Sydney 2008 happen!

Posted by Claydo78 on (February 25, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Faulkner had one job when he came out to bat and that was to get Punter on strike! Bailey, punter and the rest of the tassie team have been let down by this blole! He faces 4 bowls and he got a bottom edge on one and didn't get anyway earn the other 3! This is the exact reason why the Australian team has struggled for the last 4 years, the lack of quality players in state cricket! To many ordinary players are kicking around state cricket and CA should be spending more mobey on grass roots cricket to make sure our state competition has the best players in the world!

Posted by auspan on (February 25, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

@ Fireballz Runners are only required to replicate exactly what the batsmen are wearing that they are running for. If a batsman wishes to remove their protective equipment then that is their decision. Was hoping to see Ponting do well. Still think they dropped the wrong guy from the team. Forrest for Warner I say

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Ponting's confident growing.That's a very goof sign.It is very nice to see when ponting scores run.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

@ Bala guru S: SA became champions on the basis of more points on the table.

Posted by popcorn on (February 25, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

Ricky Ponting woulkd be furious."This can't be happening to me!" He fiully deserved to be part of the Title-winning Tassie Team,but for the stupidity of Faulkner.Just like Damien Martyn was banished from the Australian side for 6 years because of the irresponsible shot he played against the South Africans at the SCG, Faulkner should be booted out of the Tassie side.And John Inverarity should realize his mistake - droping Ponting. Bring him back.

Posted by Fireballz on (February 25, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Aren't the Australian team looking for a death bowler for ODI's? Well done Putland! @sriraj is that right about Ponting taking his pads off? I didn't think that would be allowed as runners were required to wear full batting gear. Smart thinking indeed!

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Being match ended in tie, how SA become champion?? any super over or bowl out ???

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

luv u south australia !! my fav team for no reason !! coach darren berry shd deserve all the credit for making a team out of under dog players and making them win all the titles !! hats off to him . the players too rock especially klinger for his captaincy skills ,dan harris the most consistent batsman in the australian domestic circuit .dont know why dan harris.klinger etc are over loooked to be selected in to australian team is a bigg surprise .harris can be another mike hussey or trott !!

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

SA deserved the win because they didn't bring in a test batsman just for the final. WELL DONE SOUTH AUSSIE.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

I told eariler that this will be a cracker and it is.but for tassies it is very dissapointing to loose the title. Well played baiely

Posted by crikey on (February 25, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Sounds like Ponting had a lot of luck compiling his runs, did he hit any decent shots? Did he rotate the strike at all with Bailey? Did he do anything right? Just focus on the negative! Sounds like the order of the day regarding R.Ponting! It's a wonder that he didn't get the blame for not getting the strike in the final over!

Posted by Gizza on (February 25, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

What a game! Being a neutral I was caught between wanting Ponting to win his state his silverware and the 10,000 strong home crowd going away with a win. Alas one of these outcomes couldn't be but what a great advertisement for the 50-over game at domestic level!

Posted by Ben1989 on (February 25, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Redbacks you legends, putland, we owe you mate but technically made up for the drop of ponting, but still that last over.. Unplayable... Insane!! He's sure to be picked up in the IPL now & so he should, deserves the cash, great stuff lads!!!

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

And I forgot to add - great innings from George Bailey as well true to his form! At one point I thought Bails and Ponting were chugging too slowly but they timed the chase really well till Gary Put slammed the brakes in the end!

Posted by Rooboy on (February 25, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Woooo!! Go the mighty Redbacks!!

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Fantastic stuff from Putland and SA! Brilliant to have a major trophy back home after years! And Ricky Ponting took his pads off for the last ball to make sure he could run as fast as possible - the champion's experience brought more to the game! Fitting tie to a well contested game but SA are the fitting winners this season as well! Well done boys!

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