Paine hundred sets up big Tasmania win
Tasmania 4 for 234 (Paine 109*, Dunk 67) beat South Australia 141 (Head 39, Gulbis 4-12) by 93 runs
Tim Paine scored an unbeaten century and Evan Gulbis claimed 4 for 12 as Tasmania cruised to a 93-run victory over South Australia at Blacktown. Paine batted throughout the Tasmania innings to finish unbeaten on 109 from 141 deliveries in Tasmania's 4 for 234, and despite a strong opening partnership the Redbacks were unable to get near the target.
Travis Head (39) and Tim Ludeman (21) put on 57 for the opening wicket but both men fell to Gulbis, who also claimed the final two wickets of the South Australian innings and effected a run-out to get rid of Sam Raphael for 20. South Australia struggled to gain any momentum through the middle overs as the spin of Clive Rose (2 for 26) and Xavier Doherty chipped in with wickets.
In the end, the South Australia innings ended in the 41st over when they were bowled out for 141. They only just managed to score more for their whole innings than Tasmania's opening pair, Paine and Ben Dunk, who combined for 134 before Dunk was caught off the bowling of Head for 67 from 99 deliveries.
Scoring wasn't easy on a slow surface and Paine paced his innings well, striking four fours and one six along the way. James Faulkner added an important 32 from 38 balls, including one six; he also claimed the wicket of Callum Ferguson later in the day.