Former Lismore batsman on a roll
FORMER Lismore batsman Tom Cooper continued his liking for NSW bowling attacks with a century for South Australia in the Matador Cup domestic one-day cricket final yesterday.
Cooper, 28, top-scored for the Redbacks with 105 from 119 balls at North Sydney Oval, hitting nine fours and two sixes.
Three of his four domestic one-day hundreds have been made against the Blues and so was his highest first-class score of 203 not out in a Sheffield Shield match.
Unfortunately the innings yesterday was not enough for his team to lift the trophy.
SA was bowled out for only 221 in 47 overs and NSW cruised to the target in the 30th over, losing only one wicket, thanks to Ed Cowin (88no) and Steve Smith (84no).
Earlier, Cooper and Callum Ferguson (61 from 87 balls) combined for a third-wicket partnership of 154 runs, putting the Redbacks back in the game after they had hit early trouble at 2-12.
No other batsman reached 20 against a NSW attack that included Test bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.