Caleb Jewell smashed a scintillating century after Tom Rogers’s five-wicket haul set up a statement start for Tasmania’s One-Day Cup campaign. Rogers’s bowling exploits helped Tasmania bundle out South Australia for just 220 after which Jewell and Ben McDermott put on an opening stand of 198 that powered the chase, which ended in just the 33rd over.
After a strong batting show in their first game against Queensland, South Australia opted to bat on Wednesday but did not enjoy the same fate. Rogers and Meredith reduced them to 43 for 3 by the 10th over after which Alex Carey and Nathan McSweeney attempted a turnaround.
They added 86 runs for the fourth wicket while Carey reached a half-century. But South Australia stuttered again in the middle as they fell from 129 for 3 to 150 for 6 in the space of 5.1 overs. Jake Lehmann and Ben Manenti took the team past 200 but couldn’t push them further ahead as they departed in successive overs. In the end, South Australia were bowled out for just 220 in the 45th over with Rogers claiming 5 for 32.
The Tasmania openers offered a stroke-filled riposte as they added 75 off the first 10 overs and kept going even after that period while South Australia’s search for a breakthrough seemed futile. They took the side to 125 for 0 by the 20th over with Jewell doing more of the scoring. By the time they went past 150, both had half-centuries to their name. They soon began to find the next gear to speed up the chase, going after Harry Conway for 15 runs in an over. Jewell reached his century off just 76 deliveries.
Though Manenti dismissed McDermott for a fine 90-ball 71 and sent back Jordan Silk in his next over, the wickets came too late. Jewell saw through the chase all the way, finishing unbeaten on 127 off just 97 balls – an innings laced with 20 fours and a six.
Brief Scores: South Australia 220 in 44.1 overs (Alex Carey 59, Jake Lehmann 34; Tom Rogers 5-32, Riley Meredith 2-46) lost to Tasmania 221/2 in 32.5 overs (Caleb Jewell 127*, Ben McDermott 71) by 8 wickets.