Callum Ferguson

South Australia 265 for 7 (Ferguson 133, Lehmann 44, Fawad 2-53) won Victoria (White 81, Handscomb 64, Mennie 3-38) for eight races

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An excellent century for the senior hitter from South Australia Callum Ferguson funded a total of 265 that were out of reach for Victoria in the national game of limited overs at the Oval Junction in Melbourne, and allowed the Redbacks to shatter the victory after three consecutive defeats.

After having made three starts in four innings before the game, Ferguson was able to move to a match-making score with the assistance of captain Jake Lehmann and Tom Cooper after the first defeats of Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey, first in a wasteful race when the ball was still new.

Ferguson and Lehmann played with remarkable patience, without worrying about an execution rate that stayed under four races and a considerable proportion of the innings. With wickets in hand, the last acceleration that followed was dramatic, as not less than 92 races were looted from the Redbacks' last 10 innings.

Former Australian representatives Joe Mennie and Adam Zampa played a key role in damaging the Victorian chase, after the hosts appeared in good condition for victory in 2 of 178 with Cameron White and Peter Handscomb in firm occupancy. Handscomb attempted to cut a delivery of Mennie too close to him and dragged the stumps before White ran out of the next in a confusion with new batter Glenn Maxwell.

Zampa's spell featured a trio of contrasting terrains, knocking down Mackenzie Harvey in the shot with a faster ball, cornering Seb Gotch with a googly that shot out of the field, and then taking a return when Scott Boland He closed the face of the bat in a leg jump. Maxwell's critical posture was won by Redbacks rookie Luke Robins, who sneaked under the all-terrain bat with a yorker that swung just enough to hit the base of the stump.

While the last pair of Fawad Ahmed and Jackson Coleman made a valiant effort to close the gap, they always seemed to be a big hit or two shorts, the kind of races that Ferguson could do while he was speeding up in the late stages of your hundred The result moved SA to the table and at the same time kept NSW in last place, although with test players Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins ready to resume after injury rehabilitation. All teams can advance to the final of the tournament regardless of the results of the qualifying rounds.


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