Victoria v South Australia, Ryobi Cup, Melbourne November 28, 2012

Putland, openers guide SA to win

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South Australia 6 for 246 (Klinger 88, Hughes 73, Boland 5-63) defeated Victoria 8 for 241 (Handscomb 65, Putland 4-44) by 4 wickets

Gary Putland and South Australia completed a memorable week in Melbourne with a four-wicket victory over Victoria in the domestic limited overs match at the MCG.

Backing up from a match haul of 12 for 92 in SA's Sheffield Shield win over the Bushrangers, Putland claimed another match award by claiming 4 for 44 as the hosts were restricted to 8 for 241.

In reply, the Redbacks were given the perfect start by Michael Klinger and Phillip Hughes, the openers adding 164 before a collapse of 6 for 48 gave Victoria some hope of snatching the points.

However the wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman and the captain Johan Botha rallied the chase to overhaul Victoria's total with 22 balls to spare.

Putland's haul included the wicket of the Bushrangers' top scorer Peter Handscomb, who was yorked after making an attractive 64.

SA's wobbles in the chase came via a combination of diligent bowling by Scott Boland and a series of ill-advised swings at short-pitched deliveries, offering a series of catches to the Victorian fielders before Ludeman and Botha settled the affair.

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  • Andrew on November 30, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    @ jkaussie on (November 29 2012, 11:23 AM GMT) "...; two good performances in a couple of weeks do not a test player make..." - but a career S/Rate under 50 & bowling average around 24 does. I would be more confident if he had played more games & had those stats, - but it is a top start. As for injuries - hard pressed to name a 26yr old pacer that hasn't had there share of injuries! "...and his Shield figures against Vic recently are his only first class 5 wicket haul in some time..." - he's had THREE 5-wicket hauls this season & had 2 last year!!! He has the most 5-wicket hauls of the Shield season so far, that IMO is worthy of note. I am happy for Starc to get a crack - but the reality is, he is YET to cash in the FC stats that Putland has!

  • Jon on November 29, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Let's get off the Putland bandwagon people; two good performances in a couple of weeks do not a test player make, and if the ball does not hoop then he is very limited. He does not have Mitchell Starc or Mitchell Johnson's pace, has had an injury riddled career which he is only just coming back from, and his Shield figures against Vic recently are his only first class 5 wicket haul in some time - give him a chance to string a full season together, perhaps get some limited overs games for Australia, and then see how he is going

  • Andrew on November 29, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    @ygkd on (November 28 2012, 19:37 PM GMT) - I think Putland is definately the in-form left handed pacer in the country. If we took reputations out of the picture, & went ONLY on current form, he should be in Perth for the Test match. I didn't "approve" of the decision to pick Botha, I think at the time I said something along the lines of it was an "underwhelming" decision. I did say though that IF they won two Shield matches this Summer it would be a good decision. They have won two matches - great decision! They have done it mainly without the services of their bigger name players like Cooper & George & to a lessor extent Christian.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Hughes continues to makes runs this Summer in all forms. Are we finally seeing a batsman with age on his side knocking the door down? As for Putland, he and Jackson Bird surely have to come into consideration at some stage. Wickets on the board have got to count more than tattoo's on ones arm (hello Mitchell Johnson).

  • Philip on November 28, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    The Redbacks may not have won as convincingly as they wanted to, but there are a number of positives for them. Putland continues to make good on his long-obvious potential. Hughes is making runs. Botha's leadership is steady and the two ex-Vics, Klinger and Ludeman, showed their class on the MCG. A Ludeman six to finish capped it off. It was only weeks ago when it seems many had already written SA off. As for the Bushrangers, it is time to take the gloves off Handscomb. That he is a far better bat than keeper should by now be clear to all.

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