South Australia has ended Victoria’s charge to the domestic one-day cup final with an emphatic 176 run victory in Hobart.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the South Australian’s posted an imposing total of 5/339 on the back of a game-winning century from opener Jake Weatherald, who hit 116 runs off 121 deliveries.
Weatherald’s knock was accompanied by opening partner Alex Carey, who registered 92 runs as part of a 212-run opening partnership, which was finished off with a quickfire 59 from Tom Cooper at the end of the innings.
The game was reduced to 48 overs a side as a result of a short rain delay, with the Duckworth Lewis system setting the Vic’s a whopping 345 runs to win.
A golden duck from opener Aaron Finch made the task all the more difficult, with Victoria ultimately bowled out for 168 runs in 35.5 overs.
Daniel Worrall wrecked havoc with ball in hand for the Redbacks, taking five wickets, including openers Finch and Harris as well as dangerous middle order batsmen Daniel Christian in an inspired spell of bowling.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa took three wickets with an economy rate of 3.15, cramping up the Bushrangers and taking Glenn Maxwell’s wicket via LBW. Cameron Valente also finished with impressive figures of 2/23 from five overs.
For Victoria, wickets came few and far between, with the opening partnership not being broken until the 37th over.
Daniel Christian managed to take five wickets in his 10 overs, with Fawad Ahmed, Peter Siddle and Scott Boland being the other Victorian wicket-takers. Leaking runs was a significant issue for the majority of bowlers, with Scott Boland the only Vic who conceded less than a run a ball during his overs.
The Victorian batsmen had no more luck than their bowling counterparts, with Travis Dean top scoring with 31 runs from his 36 deliveries faced. Matthew Short (30 runs), Daniel Christian (26 runs) and Chris Tremain (27 runs) were the only other real contributors to the Bushrangers’ cause.
It was a disappointing finish to what was a mixed JLT Cup for Victoria, who haven’t experienced great success in the domestic one-day cup in recent years.
South Australia now play Western Australia on Saturday in the JLT One-Day Cup final at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
WA’s only loss of the 2017 JLT Cup so far came at the hands of South Australia, who will head into the final with supreme confidence following their convincing win over the Bushrangers.