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Tasmania overcome Ferguson's fighting hundred and the rain

Callum Ferguson pushes the ball to leg Getty Images

Tasmania 185 (Worrall 4-42) and 353 for 8 dec (Silk 113, Bailey 63, McDermott 54) beat South Australia 136 (Bell 4-29) and 213 (Ferguson 111, Bird 4-65) by 189 runs

Tasmania overcame a superb rearguard hundred from Callum Ferguson and rain which threatened to scupper their hopes to secure a 189-run victory over South Australia.

Ferguson had started the day at the crease and there was still there at tea, but South Australia were seven down after Jackson Bird and Gabe Bell went through the top order. However, rain delayed the resumption of the final session and when it relented 19 overs were left.

Ferguson went to his century with the first ball he faced, his 219th delivery, after the break before Bird removed Nick Winter. Ferguson started to farm the strike with Kane Richardson for company but as the overs started to tick down he was pinned lbw by the impressive Bird.

The match ended in the next over when Richardson was caught in the slips off Bell who finished with 3 for 44.

Earlier in the day, wickets fell regularly as South Australia stumbled to 5 for 77. Debutant Alex Pyecroft continued his impressive start by having Jake Lehmann caught behind on the way to notable figures of 17-10-16-1.

Ferguson and Alex Carey resisted in a stand of 55 in 13 overs, but when Carey and Joe Mennie fell in the space of two deliveries to Riley Meredith the end looked like coming swiftly. Ferguson had other ideas and nearly had a helping hand, but in the end it wasn't quite enough.