Tom Cooper scored his maiden first-class ton for South Australia against NSW at the SCG yesterday.
Tom Cooper scored his maiden first-class ton for South Australia against NSW at the SCG yesterday.

Super Cooper leads SA to big win

LISMORE cricketer Tom Cooper gave NSW a taste of what they missed yesterday after bringing up his maiden century in a man of the match performance for South Australia in their crushing 173-run Ford Ranger Cup win over the Blues at the SCG.

Cooper smashed 101 from 108 balls before he was trapped in front by Steven Smith.

The Redbacks scored an impressive 5-285 from their 50 overs.

Cooper’s knock was poetic justice, coming against the state that ignored him for the three years he played Sydney Grade Cricket before shifting to Adelaide this year.

But the Blues couldn’t ignore him yesterday as he dispatched high-profiled bowlers Nathan Bracken, Doug Bollinger and Nathan Hauritz with ease in an innings that included 10 fours.

NSW were never in the hunt, apart from some lusty hitting from in-form opener David Warner (31 off 20 balls) in the opening overs, and were dismissed for just 112 as they crashed to their fifth defeat from seven one-day matches.

SA’s Mark Cleary took 3-29 from his 10 overs, while Shaun Tait made a promising return from a hamstring injury to take 2-40 from eight overs as the Redbacks claimed two bonus points in the one-sided contest.

The win lifts South Australia from the bottom of the table up to fourth position and leaves the young Blues line-up propping up the ladder.

Already boasting two half-centuries from three appearances in the one-day competition, 22-year-old Cooper shared in a 128-run stand with Younus Khan (29) as he brought up three figures for the first time.

Cooper’s innings was both the most runs and first ton by a South Australian batsman in a one-day match against NSW at the SCG.


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