South Australia v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 1st day February 20, 2014

Klinger ton drives South Australia

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South Australia 2 for 273 (Klinger 115*, Raphael 61, Cooper 80*) v Victoria

Michael Klinger was at the forefront of a strong batting performance from South Australia in Adelaide, and his unbeaten century was supported by fifties from Sam Raphael and Tom Cooper. The hosts denied Victoria's specialist bowlers a wicket all day, and the only breakthroughs were made by part-time offspinner Glenn Maxwell.

Klinger and Raphael batted 50 overs after South Australia won the toss, adding 121 for the first wicket. Maxwell was the seventh bowler Victoria captain Matthew Wade introduced and he struck in his first over, having Raphael caught by Cameron White for 61. In the 54th over, Maxwell and White combined again to dismiss Travis Head for 4.

Having lost two wickets for seven runs, South Australia were steadied by Klinger and Cooper, and they added 145 runs in 38.1 overs. Klinger's 115 came at a strike rate of just under 42, while Cooper scored 80 at a strike rate of 64.

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  • Philip on February 21, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Actually, Sayers takes wickets (over 100 now) at less than 22 apiece - not bad for someone whose home ground is a "batsman's paradise". Also, the wickie, Ludeman is on track to take 100 dismissals (he's just 1 shy) in 28 matches - not bad again for an Adelaide Oval home-grounder, where wickets apparently never fall. Anyway, the home surface would explain another Ludeman stat - he's just got his maiden FC ton and his maiden 1000 FC runs - funny how the ex-Victorians do well there while the Bushies were 3 for 12.... And, yes, Holland's figures were not flash, but then so are his career figures (FC bowling average the wrong side of 40). I have no idea how he was touted as future international material. Nope. Not a clue. Apparently, in some circles, spinning the ball was optional after all.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    @ygkd, I had been noticing him! He didn't have much of a run in the first half of the shield season though. I think punters discounting runs from the SA bats are wrong. Look at a bloke like Sayers, he manages to take his wickets in the mid twenties and a pretty good pair of batsmen in Klinger and Ferguson average under 40. I don't think it's as straight forward as most fans think it is.

    Holland 35 overs, no wickets. Maxxie 11 overs 3 wickets. You gotta spin the ball.

  • Philip on February 20, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    I have noticed a certain down-playing of Phil Hughes' runs since he's moved to Adelaide. Is that why Klinger doesn't get noticed? Don't suppose his latest knock will be noticed either - it's only against Victoria. My state is officially rubbish.

  • Hamish on February 20, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Cooper in extreme form atm. Good to see - entertaining batter to watch.

    No matter what combination we have for our bowlers - it's just the same crappy, mediocre result. Excited for Reed's debut - leading Premier League wicket taker - and yet he doesn't take a wicket...

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Travis head has just tapered off after a brilliant start to this SS ... Wonder whether his form earlier was just flash in the pan ! Cooper very impressive.... Good contender to replace Marsh if he fails at no.4 !

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