(D/N), Adelaide, Jan 30 2010, Ford Ranger Cup
South Aust won by 6 wickets (with 60 balls remaining)
player of the match
Daniel Christian
South Australia
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Klinger and Christian floor Warriors

Four-wicket hauls from Aaron O'Brien and Daniel Christian, backed up by opener Michael Klinger's sixth List A century, boosted South Australia to a comfortable six-wicket win over Western Australia at the Adelaide Oval

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Scorecard summary
Western Australia228/9(50 overs)
South Australia229/4(40 overs)
end of over 407 runs • 1 wicket
SOA: 229/4CRR: 5.72  • Need 0 from 60b
Daniel Christian48 (21)
Tim Ludeman0 (0)
Nathan Coulter-Nile7-0-38-2

What an effort by the Redbacks. It looked as if they'd left themselves with too much work to do when they were 2/144 off 32, but some brutal hitting from centurion Klinger and Christian got them home with a bonus point, smashing 85 off the last 8 overs.

The Powerplay ended up being taken at the perfect time, the Redbacks smashing 57 between overs 34 and 38 to get home on the last ball of the 40th over.

Some brilliant individual performances with North's 85 giving the Warriors a chance, O'Brien taking 4 and Klinger smashing a ton, his second in a row.

But it was Dan Christian who turned the match on two occasions. First with the ball, tearing through the Warriors middle order when they looked to be cruising, finishing with 4/32 off 10.

Then with the bat, blasting the Redbacks to a valuable bonus point with a brutal 48 off 21 balls.

The win pushes them into third spot, only NRR behind Victoria in one of the closest Ford Ranger Cup's in recent history, just 4 points between second and last.

Thanks for your company tonight. Join us again on Wednesday as NSW take on Queensland in another mini-final. Good night

Coulter-Nile to Christian, 1 run

short again, pulls and top edges over mid on who can't quite get back to catch and prevent the bonus point

Interesting now, they need one for the bonus point

Coulter-Nile to Klinger, OUT

short ball, rocks back for the pull shot, gets a fair bit of it but picks the man out in the deep, the end of a great knock

Michael Klinger c Porter b Coulter-Nile 113 (161m 123b 9x4 1x6) SR: 91.87
Coulter-Nile to Klinger, 2 runs

full and smashed through mid wicket in the air, well hit though

Coulter-Nile to Christian, 1 run

short and pulled to mid wicket

If Christian gets his 50 this ball it would be the fastest 50 in the competition's history

Coulter-Nile to Christian, 2 runs

yorker dug out to long on, very well run

Coulter-Nile to Klinger, 1 run

pulls through mid wicket

end of over 3912 runs
SOA: 222/3CRR: 5.69 • RRR: 0.64 • Need 7 from 11 overs
Michael Klinger110 (120)
Daniel Christian44 (18)
Aaron Heal10-0-68-2

So the Redbacks now require just 7 runs off this over to win with a bonus point. The bonus point would put them right in contention for a spot in the final.

Heal to Klinger, 1 run

backs away and goes inside out over cover

Heal to Klinger, 2 runs

down for the slog sweep, gets a big top edge, high into the outfield, three men converge but none can catch!

Heal to Klinger, no run

punched to cover off the back foot

Heal to Christian, 1 run

throws it up again, drives to long on

This has been a brutal knock from Christian, strike rate of more than 250!

Heal to Christian, SIX runs

advances and hits against the spin over mid wicket and down the race next to the Chappell stand

Heal to Christian, 2 runs

advances and gets an inside edge after he'd yorked himself

end of over 3816 runs
SOA: 210/3CRR: 5.52 • RRR: 1.58 • Need 19 from 12 overs
Daniel Christian35 (15)
Michael Klinger107 (117)
Brad Knowles10-0-62-0

38 off the last two overs, some very good going. 1/57 off the Batting Powerplay

Redbacks require 19 off 12 for the bonus point

Knowles to Christian, 1 run

yorker dug out to mid on, close call at the bowler's end but safe

Knowles to Christian, FOUR runs

yorker outside off, backs away and french cuts to fine leg. You go hard and you make your own luck...

Knowles to Christian, FOUR runs

goes again! Steps down and sweeps from way outside off over mid wicket, brilliant to watch

Knowles to Christian, FOUR runs

gets down and sweeps this one through square leg, incredible shot!

Knowles to Klinger, 1 run

yorker, guided to third man

Knowles to Klinger, 2 runs

steps across to the off side and drives off the toe of the bat to a ball that was full outside off

end of over 3722 runs
SOA: 194/3CRR: 5.24 • RRR: 2.69 • Need 35 from 13 overs
Daniel Christian22 (11)
Michael Klinger104 (115)
Aaron Heal9-0-56-2

22 off the over and the bonus point comes back into contention. One over left in the Powerplay

Heal to Christian, FOUR runs

backs away and advances again, hitting it over the off side infield, brilliant hitting

Heal to Christian, SIX runs

advances again to a ball outside off, gets to the pitch and smashes it over long on, a long boundary as it is!

Match details
Adelaide Oval
TossWestern Australia, elected to bat first
SeriesFord Ranger Cup
Player Of The Match
Daniel Christian
Daniel Christian
Hours of play (local time)13.45 start, First Session 13.45-17.15, Interval 17.15-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15
Match days30 January 2010 - daynight match (50-over match)
List A debut
Michael Swart
Michael Swart
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Simon Fry
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Tony Ward
TV Umpire
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Andrew Willoughby
Match Referee
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Ric Evans
PointsSouth Australia 5, Western Australia 0