Ben McDermott
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An unbeaten century from opener Ben McDermott sealed a close three-wicket win for Tasmania against South Australia at the Banstown Oval in Sydney on Thursday. Chasing 237, Tasmania overhauled the target with an over to spare to climb up to the second spot in the ongoing Australia’s domestic one-day competition.

Kane Richardson and Cameron Valente struck early for South Australia removing Mathew Wade (0) and Beau Webster (13) respectively. McDermott then found solid support from Jordan Silk as they went on to add 123 runs for the third wicket.

At 156/2, Tasmania were in the driving seat when Silk was brilliantly run out thanks to a direct-hit from Richardson on 71. That triggered a change in momentum as legspinner Adam Zampa dismissed captain George Bailey (3) and Simon Milenko (21). But McDermott went on to complete his century and remained unbeaten on 102 to see through the chase.

South Australia opted to bat first and after a steady opening stand of 77, lost their way. Barring opener Jake Weatherald who scored 79 off 82 with 10 fours and three sixes, the rest of their batsmen struggled.

A disciplined bowling effort led by Riley Meredith (2/30) and Gurinder Sandhu (2/44) ensured kept South Australia batsmen on a leash. Captain Jake Lehmann played a crucial innings, remaining unbeaten on 58 to give his bowlers a fighting total.

Brief Scores: Tasmania 238/7 (Ben McDermott 102*, Jordan Silk 71; Kane Richardson 2/46, Cameron Valente 2/46) beat South Australia 236/7 (Jake Weatherald 79, Jake Lehmann 58*; Riley Meredith 2/30, Gurinder Sandhu 2/44) by three wickets