South Australia 295 (Cooper 72, McDonald 53, Kingston 3-50, Doherty 3-50) beat Tasmania 9 for 258 (Dunk 92, Wells 71, Richardson 4-48) by 37 runs
South Australia earned a consolatory win at the end of their Matador Cup campaign with a 37-run victory over Tasmania, but still ended at the bottom of the table. Their win was set up by fifties from Andrew McDonald and Tom Cooper and a four-for from Kane Richardson, which put Ben Dunk's 92 in vain.
The Redbacks were given a strong foundation after they were put in to bat. McDonald (53) and Travis Head (44) put on 98 for the opening stand but both were dismissed in successive overs. Cooper, 72 off 69, had Alex Ross for company for the fourth-wicket stand of 80 runs that took the score past 200. But once the stand was broken, the Tigers didn't allow any partnership to flourish till the end. Hamish Kingston and Evan Gulbis troubled the middle and lower order with three wickets each before a late attack from Richardson and Adam Zampa took the side to 295. The Redbacks scored 6 for 83 in the last 15 overs, and Xavier Doherty finished with 3 for 50.
The Tigers got a solid contribution from their in-form opener Dunk. He hardly got any support from the other end as his first four partners fell before reaching 20. Jonathan Wells and Dunk then put on 60 for the fifth wicket, before the latter was run-out in the 39th over. The Tigers needed 123 from 10 overs which soon became 100 from five. Wells hammered six consecutive fours in the 48th over off Gary Putland but it wasn't enough.