Callum Ferguson’s 133 was laced with 11 boundaries and three hits over the fence. @ Getty Images
Callum Ferguson’s 133 was laced with 11 boundaries and three hits over the fence. @ Getty Images

Callum Ferguson’s clinical 125-ball 133 brought South Australia’s three-match losing streak to a much-needed halt after the senior batsman’s innings proved to be the turning point in their eight-run win over Victoria in the JLT One-Day Cup at Junction Oval, Melbourne on Sunday.

Opting to bat, South Australia lost both openers with just 30 runs on the board in the ninth over. Ferguson received good support at the other end from captain Jake Lehmann and Tom Cooper (37).

Ferguson’s 133 was laced with 11 boundaries and three hits over the fence. Lehmann, meanwhile, fell six runs short of his fifth List A half century. South Australia ended their innings at 265/7. In reply, Victoria were cruising for a win at 172/8, with Cameron White (81) and skipper Peter Handscomb (64) well in control of the innings. However, the erstwhile Australian pair of Joe Mennie and Adam Zampa rattled the run chase.

Handscomb attempted to cut a Mennie delivery too close to him and eventually dragged onto the stumps, before White was run out the very next over in a mix-up with the new batsman Glenn Maxwell.

Zampa returned with 3/51 in his 10 overs, while Mennie was much more economical, picked three wickets for 38 runs in his 10 overs.