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Weatherald, Hunt hit centuries in record opening stand for South Australia

Henry Hunt brought up his maiden first-class hundred Getty Images

South Australia 1 for 359 (Weatherald 195*, Hunt 132, Neil-Smith 1-74) against Tasmania

Openers Jake Weatherald and Henry Hunt both made centuries as they broke a 52-year-old South Australia record with an opening stand of 293 runs to put the Redbacks in command against Tasmania at Adelaide Oval.

Hunt made his maiden Sheffield Shield century - 132 - while Weatherald thumped his highest first-class score of 195 not out and his third score of 150-plus in Shield cricket.

Their partnership passed the previous South Australian record of 281 set by Les Favell and John Causby against New South Wales back in 1967.

Tasmania, who were asked to field after losing the toss, managed to take just one wicket on the day on what was an excellent batting strip. Their attack lacked penetration without the extra pace of Riley Meredith, who is away on Australia A duty.

Weatherald and Hunt cashed in. Weatherald's performance was quite against the run of his recent form; since scoring 150 in February, also against Tasmania in Adelaide, he had made just 123 runs in 11 Shield innings with a highest score of 37 and four ducks. But he plundered 29 boundaries in his career-best knock, and was particularly savage square of the wicket.

Late in the day, Tasmania had three gullies and a deep point and Weatherald was still able to find the rope with his powerful cut. He finished the day five runs shy of a maiden double-century.

Hunt showed the same patience and diligence he had in his 75 on debut against Victoria. He struck 16 fours and a six and brought up his century with a classy late cut before becoming the only wicket to fall. He succumbed to a top edge when he attempted a front-foot pull late in the day. Callum Ferguson made an easy 20 not out to take his team to stumps alongside Weatherald.

Tasmania 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
95AJ DoolanBJ Webster
25AJ DoolanCP Jewell
67MS WadeAJ Doolan
53AJ DoolanBR McDermott
20GJ BaileyBR McDermott
2TD PaineGJ Bailey
13GJ BaileyJM Bird
18GJ BaileyA Pyecroft
15GJ BaileyL Neil-Smith