SA v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup, Bankstown October 9, 2013

Tasmania win despite Klinger ton

Tasmania 8 for 269 (Doolan 68, Gulbis 50) beat South Australia 6 for 268 (Klinger 140*, Cooper 65, Rose 2-33) by 2 wickets

A blaze of late hitting by Ben Laughlin and an eye-popping lapse by Kane Richardson allowed Tasmania to wriggle to victory over South Australia in the domestic limited-overs match at the Bankstown Oval. The result overshadowed an outstanding, unbeaten 140 by Michael Klinger for the Redbacks, on a pitch that offered greater scope for run-making than any so far played on in the tournament.

Laughlin's fearless finish - 34 off 17 balls - lifted Tasmania from 8 for 239 to victory, though the Redbacks will feel they should not have allowed the match to get that close. Even so, the Tigers still required seven from the final over, and would have needed seven with only one wicket in hand had Richardson ran back to the stumps to run out the non-striker Laughlin first ball of the over. Instead he tossed the ball at the stumps and missed, allowing the Tasmanian pair to steal a single.

Klinger, who demonstrated the virtues of experience and also confidence gained over the winter with Gloucestershire during an innings that was at some times patient and others powerful, said SA had lost the match in the field. "If we're brutally honest with ourselves 268 should have been enough," Klinger said. "We just couldn't get it right with the ball, we gave them too many release balls and boundary balls, and we know that.

"Those things [in the last over] happen, but to be honest Tassie [Tasmania] shouldn't have been in a position to win that game in my opinion, so I certainly wouldn't blame Richo [Kane Richardson] for that one incident. Personally I don't think they should have got anywhere near it if we bowled to our plans and we didn't quite do that. Against a good team, letting it slip a tiny bit can mean the other team taking it away."

Watered, rolled and brought back into service after a pair of indifferent appearances at the start of the tournament, the pitch at Bankstown Oval showed improved humour, offering more even pace and fairer bounce though remaining slow. The Redbacks promoted Andrew McDonald to open in his SA debut after moving from Victoria, and he contributed a handful of solid blows to a swift start in Klinger's company - capitalising on Tasmanian bowling that erred on the full side.

Tim Paine, deputising for George Bailey, responded by introducing the left-arm spin of Clive Rose, and his flight teased McDonald down the pitch for a very neat stumping by the captain as the ball skidded between bat and pad. Tom Cooper and Klinger were quickly into stride, dealing in an intelligent mixture of singles and boundaries, and it quickly became apparent that SA were on the way to the most substantial tally of the tournament so far.

While Klinger compiled, Cooper cavaliered, showing the fluency that had him chosen for Australia A as recently as 2012. It was a surprise when Laughlin won an lbw verdict with a ball that tailed back towards the stumps to end the partnership at 116, but a sturdy platform had been set. Wickets fell regularly from that point, including a burst of 3-3 following Cooper's departure. But Klinger's innings grew in stature from a sturdy contribution to the most substantial of the competition, and the final total of 268 looked steep.

Tasmania made a horrid start, losing Ben Dunk to a run-out in the first over of the pursuit, but Alex Doolan, Ed Cowan and the promoted Evan Gulbis all played fluently to keep the required rate in check. Cowan was pinned lbw by Johan Botha in his first match since a citing for his bowling action, and it would be the SA captain's only wicket.

After defeats in their first two matches, the Tasmanians had discussed and trained to alter their play against spin, and plentiful runs duly flowed against Botha and Brenton McDonald, who struggled to land his flat legspinners with the desired consistency. Doolan's strokeplay was particularly beguiling, showing the cultured ease that has made him a batsman of interest to the national selectors at various times.

Nonetheless, neither Doolan nor Gulbis could go on from their handy scores, and after Jordan Silk then Paine were run-out after making starts, the Redbacks appeared to have the match in their keeping. Paine was upset to be given out on a tight call - video evidence varied as to whether or not he had grounded his bat - but his anger subsided as Laughlin made a last desperate dash.

Runs came in clumps, including a trio of sixes and, with Ben Hilfenhaus rotating the strike ably, the Tigers crept within sight. Seven were required at the start of the final over, and Laughlin compiled them calmly. But not before Richardson's gaffe, which will haunt him via the ghosts of YouTube for some years to come.

"That first ball was an interesting one, but we got a partnership going and it was nice to get a win to get us going," Laughlin said. "It was probably a better surface than the first couple of games, the footholes were pretty big out there but the pitch held together pretty well so we were able to get those runs at the end."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Hamish on October 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    It was a ripper game. Kane's blunder was one of the funniest things I've seen in cricket, and Klinger's innings and leadership was class. As brettig said on twitter, the best pitch so far produces the best game so far. The game illustrated to me that there's a real future in having the Ryobi scheduled like a world cup. The competitiveness is high, there's no resting players or blooding new ones in because it's being played straight after/before a shield match, and it will benefit those who take the step up to the ODI team. I was hesistant at first, but now that it's being televised and is heavily competitive, i think more and more people will start going.

    Klinger has had a fantastic season for gloucestershire, and he and white should be on the fringe of selection. He shouldnt be rushed in.

    @Jared hansen, well he better do it quick, he and burns are going to be forced in soon.

  • Michael on October 10, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    I'm still stunned that Richardson could fail to make that run-out. Admittedly he probably felt under more pressure than he was - he had his back to the non-striker and didn't realise that he was stopped mid-pitch - but he really could have made a cup of tea and still had time to flick the bails off with ball in hand. It may have made no difference in the end, as Hilfenhaus has shown the ability to club a few, but 7 to get off 5 balls with 1 wicket in hand is a lot different from 6 to get with 2 wickets in hand and a guy striking at 200 on strike.

    Unfortunately for Klinger, I think his chance at representing Australia has passed. He did play for Australia A and has a great limited overs record, but the guy is 33 and averages under 40 at First Class level (though recent seasons have been productive). He can still contribute by being the backbone of South Australia's batting lineup and passing on his experience to younger players.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Nice to finally see a match report. I watched this game and was stunned at how entertaining it was, a more thrilling finish than I've seen in ODIs for a while. The one thing I took away from this... Jordan Silk is, sadly, not ready for the national team. It has nothing to do with his batting (which looked solid) nor his fielding (which is in fact outstanding). But at the moment he cannot run between the wickets to save himself. His ball-watching and tentative footing nearly cost the Tigers the match from what had been a good position. I hope the coaches in Tasmania are aware of this.

  • James on October 9, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Too many people here are jumping the gun. Not everyone who performs is always going to be in the national side...Klinger is still important for an inexperienced redbacks side and he is probably doing a better service to Australian cricket there than most people give him credit for.

    With the exception of Warner, i would like to see NO exchange in or out of all the national sides for a year or two and let the guys in FC cricket get better as a separate entity. If you keep cherry picking everyone who performs you're weakening the FC competition considerably.

    There will always be guys unlucky not to be playing when a country is doing well, but in turn, it makes the First class system stronger.

  • nikhil on October 9, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Sad that a talented player like klinger is discarded. But who knows if he would be lucky like voges and rogers who are now making an impact. If klinger plays well in the upcoming fc games the aussies should consider him along with white as well.

  • Gordon on October 9, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I would love to see anyone from outside of NSW replace David Warner in the Test team. Even if it is Joe Burns who looks like a player or even someone like Klinger who has deserved to play for Australia for so many years only to be ignored. Klinger's stats are not bad at all and I had no idea is ODD average was so high good stuff to you sir.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Exciting to see white among the runs ... He is one guy who can bring a lot to the inexperienced team with his brilliant tactical mind and explosive batting... Would like to see someone like Burns break into the Test side instead of Warner.. Warner needs to go back to the shield and start making runs consistently!

  • Mariam on October 9, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Fair comments Rahul however for tests i still see Rogers, Warner, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith as our top 6 and for ODIs Finch, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Bailey, Vogues as our top 6. Lets reward shield and Ryobi runs and if Klinger continues his form then he will be rewarded, same with White who has started well.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Can we form a solid opening partnership for the future by getting Klinger in ? I would suggest Usman Khawaja to partner him with Watto, Pup, Bailey and Voges followed by Peter Handscomb.. Ferguson and Burns can be our standby batters ... Maxy Klinger has made too many runs now to not get a callup... Fair to say that he is banging the door as far as ODI selection is concerned !

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