South Australia defeat Western Australia in the Ford Ranger Cup match at Adelaide Oval on a beautiful summer's night in front of a dismal crowd of 906 compared to the sell-out crowds that packed into Adelaide Oval during the KFC Big Bash Twenty20 Series.
For a while South Australia and Western Australia were locked in an arm wrestle in their Ford Ranger Cup match at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Set 229 for victory, the Redbacks was 2/102 at the 25-over mark with Michael Klinger (68 off 82 balls) and Cameron Borgas (four off 10) the not-out batsman.
They needed a further 127 runs at 5.08 to record their fourth victory in a row.
The home side reached 85 without loss before Aaron Heal and Nathan Coulter-Nile struck in quick succession for the Warriors.
The Redbacks remain in a strong position but the wickets and tight bowling have helped the visitors dry up the boundaries & build up the pressure.
Klinger survived a convincing lbw appeal on the first ball of the innings but from that point controlled proceedings.
He took most of the strike and scored 40 0f the first 50 runs of his opening partnership with Daniel Harris.
The ex-bushranger reached his own-half century soon after, bringing up the milestone with his ninth boundary – a pull shot through midwicket of Brad Knowles.
Harris started to find his touch too but he skied a Heal delivery to Ashley Noffke at mid-off and was out for 24 off 43 deliveries.
Tom Cooper then faced 15 deliveries for his three runs before he was bowled by Coulter-Nile.
Earlier, a defiant captain's knock from Marcus North helped Western Australia recover from a mid-innings collapse.
The Warriors won the toss, and elected to bat and were cruising at 1-106 before all-rounders Aaron O'Brien (4-41) and Dan Christian (4-32) ripped through the visitors' middle order.
Western Australia lost 5-19 in the middle overs with a visibly frustrated North (85 not out off 102 balls) watching the collapse unfold at the other end.
North, who struggled for form playing for Australia this summer, was the only batsman to take full advantage of the flat track and the fast outfield.
Christian's damaging spell saw him strike in the 25th, 27th, 29th and 31st overs.
He claimed his first wicket with a vicious inswinger that saw debutant Michael Swart trapped lbw for a second-ball duck.
Luke Pomersbach was then rushed into a pull shot and was caught in the outfield by Borgas for five while Luke Ronchi made six before he was beaten by a Christian slower ball and was caught in the covers by Klinger.
Christian's last victim was Drew Porter who was also trapped leg before wicket by a swinging ball for no score.
But North finally found a fighter in Noffke as the pair put on 53 balls and guided their side to 178 before it was O'Brien's turn to shine again.
He claimed two caught-and-bowled chances in his 10th over-the first was a tough one-handed low to the ground to dismiss Noffke and then Heal offered up a regulation chance to become the third Warrior to depart with out scoring.
Redbacks defeat the Warriors by 6 wickets they've secured a bonus point to move to equal second on the ladder with New South Wales.
In: Tim Ludeman
Out: Graham Manou (knee injury)
Western Australia in the 3rd over is 0/17
Christian on fire here at Adel. Oval he's taken 3/15 Warriors 5/123 after 29 overs 15:53
Harris stands in captain for SA
A defiant captain's knock from Marcus North has helped Western Australia build a modest but defendable 9-228 in its Ford Ranger Cup match against South Australia at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.