Redbacks upset Bulls

SOUTH AUSTRALIA has romped to an upset win over Queensland in the Ryobi One-Day Cup clash on Wednesday at Adelaide Oval, handing the Bulls their first loss for the summer.

A century from captain Michael Klinger and 40 from Callum Ferguson helped steer the Redbacks to a dominant victory on home soil, chasing down Queensland’s 195 with 12 overs to spare.

Klinger, who smashed 105 from 122 including nine fours and one six, and Ferguson (40 from 54) made the Queensland bowling attack look amateur as the home side earnt a bonus point for reaching the target within 40 overs.

The Redbacks dominated from the get-go thanks to a four-wicket haul from paceman Jake Haberfield which saw the Bulls bowled out in the 50th over.

South Australia almost began their run chase in worst-possible fashion when Daniel Harris hit the ball through to Ryan Broad, only for the Queenslander to drop the simplest of catches.

Harris recovered from his almost costly error to combine with his captain for a 96-run partnership at the crease before he was eventually dismissed for 27 runs off 41 balls by Cameron Gannon.

Despite the splitting of the promising partnership, Klinger combined well with the new batsman Ferguson before the captain reached his eighth domestic one-day century in the 33rd over.

Klinger’s reign at the crease came to an abrupt end three overs later, when he was caught by Bulls’ skipper James Hopes.

Ferguson was next to depart with just one run required to declare victory and it was left to first-gamer James Smith to hit the final run.

Brad Ipson, 2-47 from nine overs, was the better of the Bulls’ bowlers who struggled for much of the innings.

Earlier in the day, Haberfield’s 4-50 from 13 overs combined with poor shot selection spelled trouble for the Bulls as they struggled to hit a winning run rate.

The quick South Australian was well supported by Dan Christian, who took 3-39 from 13, and was at his athletic best in the field with two diving catches that assisted in the dismissal of the Queensland batting order.

All-rounder Michael Neser was the best of the Bulls’ batsmen with 56 from 70 balls including four fours and a six. He combined with left-hander Steve Paulsen (34 from 60) and later Alister McDermott (10 not out from 17) for 60 and 30-run partnerships respectively.

Ben Dunk went on to make 50 from 57 and offered early resistance, but near enough wasn’t good enough for the Bulls.

Dunk’s battling innings came to an end in the 23rd over after he hit a Christian delivery straight down the throat of Haberfield.

The Bulls looked shot at 6-85, but found some reprieve when Paulsen and Neser combined for a 60-run partnership.

The duo were recalled to the side that was also missing Australia A call-up Ben Cutting for the match and repaid the faith shown in them by coach Darren Lehmann, at least giving the Bulls something to hang their hats on at the crease.

The sudden resurgence ended in the 40th over at 7-144 when Paulsen hit a delivery from Haberfield that ended in a diving catch out in the field by Christian.

Richardson then finished the job, claiming the prize scalp of Neser with three balls left in the innings.

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