South Australia v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 1st day March 3, 2014

Ferguson fifty revives South Australia

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South Australia 8 for 265 (Ferguson 79*, Zampa 48, O'Keefe 4-75) v New South Wales

An unbeaten fifty from Callum Ferguson steered South Australia to a respectable score after four wickets from left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe had put them in trouble on the first day at the Adelaide Oval. Ferguson was accompanied by a handy 48 from No. 9 Adam Zampa which took them towards 250.

South Australia, who opted to bat, were given a stable start from openers Michael Klinger and Sam Raphael with a stand of 44. But once Trent Copeland broke the partnership, O'Keefe removed Klinger and Tom Cooper in consecutive deliveries and dismissed Andrew McDonald six overs later to leave the score at 80 for 4. Johan Botha resisted with Ferguson with a stand of 32, but was trapped lbw for 5, and Tim Ludeman and Kane Richardson fell for low double-digit scores to slip to 165 for 7.

Zampa and Ferguson consolidated for South Australia as the latter registered his 28th first-class fifty while the former fell short of his maiden by two runs. Zampa departed after five fours and a six and Ferguson was unbeaten on 79 with the score on 265 for 8.

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  • Graham on March 4, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Fergusson having a great year now averaging 77. He was pretty decent last year as well. He is finally showing that Australian one-day form in the first class arena.

  • Aaron on March 3, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Steve O'Keefe has to be the 2nd spinner with this form.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    O keefe, Ferguson and Cooper would be my 3 additions to the next Aussie touring squad. Aus need a proper number 4 (and 3 but ive got Hughes in there) and a second spinner to back up Lyon. ... Not that my view counts for anything at all. :)

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