Matador One-day tournament are the first domestic tournament of Australian summer 2016-17. The tournament hosted the first double-header of the season today. In the first match, Tasmania won by 8 wickets against Cricket Australia XI. In the second match of the day, Victoria vs South Australia were held at Perth.
South Australian captain Callum Ferguson won the toss and decided to bowl first. Victorian openers Marcus Harris and Cameron White started the innings for their team. The Victorian batsmen played their shots from the initial overs of the innings. It was a successful opening partnership for Victoria and they scored 70 runs for the 1st wicket. South Australian All-rounder Cameron Valente was the bowler who broke the partnership and Marcus Harris gone for 41 runs. He smashed 5 fours and a six. Victoria were 70 for 1 in 14th over. Power hitting batsman of Australia’s limited overs cricket Glenn Maxwell joined with White. Maxwell had a good start and he failed to take it to big scores. He scored quick 25 runs and Benton took his wicket and Victoria were two down for 100 runs.
Captain of Victoria Peter Handscomb was the next batsman who came at no. 4. Both White and Handscomb played sensibly in the middle overs. Meanwhile, White reached his fifty and they carried on the partnership. For the 3rd wicket these made 100 runs partnership and finally Agar got a wicket of Handscomb. He scored 43 runs in 48 balls and the score were 200/3 in 35 overs. All-rounder Christian was the next batsman and he gone quickly for 15 runs.
White completed his 10th List-A century in 100 balls he faced. Marcus Stoinis joined with him in the 39th over. Stoinis dealt with sixes at one end and White continued his good innings from other end. These two batsmen were scored 100 runs for 5th wicket partnership in just 68 balls. Agar got a wicket of Cameron White who gone for well made 145 runs. White caught out in the first ball of 50th over. Stoinis reached his 7th List A half-century and they made 343 for 5 in 50 overs. Stoinis remained not out with 59 off 45 balls. For South Australia, Wes Agar picked two wickets for 71 and Valente picked a wicket for 49 runs.
Victoria sets the target of 344 to win and South Australian openers Carey and Weatherald started the innings for their team. South Australian batsmen were struggled in the early overs. Jackson Coleman, the left arm pacer took a first wicket of the innings. Carey was the first man to go pavilion for 7 runs. Captain of South Australia, Callum Ferguson did not trouble the scorers and walked back to pavilion with golden duck. Coleman took two in two and SA struggled with 14 for 2 in 3.5 overs.
Tom Cooper was the no. 4 batsman and he joined with Weatherald. In the very next over Victorian bowler stunned with a wicket of Weatherald and SA were 20 for 3 in 5 overs. In the 8th over of the innings, Beer came with double blow and made SA’s position so worse. South Australia were in deep trouble with a score of 35 for 5 in inside 8 overs. All-rounder Valente was the new man and he joined with Cooper in the rescue operation. Both the players took their time in the middle and survived from terrible 35 for 5. Cooper played good innings and reached his fifty. He got out for 59 runs and Stoinis was a wicket-taker. Cooper and Valente scored 101 runs for the 6th wicket. Kane Richardson walked back with golden duck and Andrews got out for just 4 runs. Daniel Christian was the bowler who brought that double blow in 30th over.
Other side Valente continued his good innings and tail-ender Benton gave him a good company. Valente reached his half-century and continued to play his shots. Benton supported him well with 21 off 31 and finally he lost his wicket to Jon Holland. Cameron Valente completed his List A century and he was the last man to dismissed for 100 runs. South Australia all out for 208 runs in 43rd over. Michael Beer and Coleman were the pick of the bowlers for Victoria, both of them picked 3 wickets each.
Victoria won the match by 135 runs. With this win Victoria moved to 2nd in the points table. They played their first match today and won it comfortably. On other side, South Australia tied in the last game and lost this one. So they are at no. 5 with 2 points.
Victoria faces Western Australia on 8th October at this same venue and South Australia faces Queensland on October 9, Sunday at this same venue.
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