South Australia v Victoria, Ryobi Cup, Adelaide February 9, 2013

Hussey and Hastings put Victoria in final

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Victoria 8 for 256 (Hussey 87, Hastings 69*, Richardson 5-61) beat South Australia 7 for 255 (Ferguson 110, Klinger 87, Ahmed 3-47) by 2 wickets

John Hastings and Darren Pattinson held their nerve to steer Victoria to a tense two-wicket victory over South Australia that confirmed their place in the Ryobi Cup final. Callum Ferguson scored his first one-day hundred of the summer to push the Redbacks to 7 for 255 but his efforts went in vain, as did a five-wicket haul from Kane Richardson, as David Hussey and then Hastings anchored a chase that went down to the last over.

Both teams knew that victory would secure them a place in the final and when Hussey was bowled by Richardson for 87 off 86 balls and then Will Sheridan was caught behind next ball, Victoria were 7 for 187 and the Redbacks appeared all but home. However, Hastings and Scott Boland put on 31 for the eighth wicket and then Pattinson joined Hastings for an unbeaten 38-run stand that got the Victorians to their goal.

The Man of the Match, Hastings, was the key with an unbeaten 69 from 57 balls, including three sixes, but Pattinson was the unlikely batting hero in the final over, bowled by Daniel Christian. The Bushrangers needed eight from the last six balls and instead of worrying about giving the strike to Hastings, Pattinson thumped the first ball over long-on for six and the remaining two runs then came easily.

It was a remarkable recovery after Richardson (5 for 61) demolished the top order and reduced Victoria to 4 for 60 and then 5 for 124. At that stage, South Australia's total appeared more than enough, set up as it was by Ferguson and Michael Klinger in a 162-run second-wicket stand. Klinger fell short of a hundred, trapped on 87 by a wrong'un from the legspinner Fawad Ahmed, who was playing his first Ryobi Cup game.

Ahmed was very impressive in collecting 3 for 47 from 13 overs, finding plenty of turn and beating several batsmen with his googly. But Ferguson's solid innings of 110 from 125 balls, including seven fours and two sixes, kept the Redbacks moving along, although the captain Johan Botha (24) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

Although the result was disappointing for South Australia they still have a strong chance of making the final, needing only one win from their remaining two matches to lock in a spot and prevent the third-placed Queensland from advancing.

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  • Ian on February 10, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    @one-eyed-but-keepinitreal Early in the overs they showed his run up compared to the ODI and where he was stepping compared to the danger zone. He's altered so he is a bit wider along the crease so his first step is behind the zone and then his second which was the problem is just wider so he has fixed it, but he's still in danger of stepping on it from time to time, and I only watch the first few overs, so I don't know if he got worse as the innings went on.

  • Graham on February 9, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    oyed-eyed-but-keepinitreal ; Just watching the replay the bowling leg after delivery gets well out of the way of the danger zone. No issue with the follow through. Looks like he has straightened his run-up and getting a bit of swing as well. To me he was looking good. Give him a decent off-season to fine tune the run-up and I think he still is going to be a decent prospect.

  • David on February 9, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    I only watched a few overs in the match, but, did anyone notice tha Kane Richardson still seemed to encroach the danger area a few times? Is it being dealt with by our local umpire's?

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    A good 50ov contest. Hastings & Darren Pattinson played v well at the death, so the Vics deserved to win a match S Aust should have won comfortably. Redbacks were lethargic in the field in Vic middle overs: the new guy dropped a sitter in the outfield at a crucial stage while there were more than a few fumbles and occasions where outfielders didn't attack the ball Each team's legspinners bowled well but Fawad Ahmed was given enough overs to pin the Redbacks (Ferguson excepted) back while Cullen Bailey was only given 4 overs - very good ones, and much better than Botha's 10 (which yielded 61).

  • Rakesh on February 9, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Christian did it again, one of the most over rated cricketer in OZ. Happy for Richardson and Ferguson.

  • Shuraim on February 9, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Cullen Bailey looked very impressive in the 4 overs he bowled but can't understand he wasn't allowed to bowl any more overs than that instead the far more expensive Botha bowled 10 overs which cost us the game. Victoria did the wise thing Ahmed and that was the difference in the end. Neverthless we've still got a chance to make it to the final, good display classy batting by fergy hope selectors have been looking at this game.

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