Thirteen-season veteran Callum Ferguson moved into seventh on South Australia’s all-time leading run-scorer’s list, with his second-innings century against New South Wales helping propel him to 6,571 career Shield runs.

Meanwhile, Redbacks swing king Chadd Sayers entered South Australia’s top ten wicket-takers list on the back of his superb 62-wicket season.

The two-time Neil Dansie medallist surpassed Geff Noblet and George Giffen to finish on 201 Shield scalps from his 46 matches, as well as finishing just shy of Shaun Tait's single-season record of 65.

Young ‘keeper-batsman Alex Carey also made the most of his first full season behind the stumps.

The 25-year old broke the Sheffield Shield record with 59 dismissals in a single season, as well as recording just the fourth 50-dismissal, 500-run season in Shield history.  

Tom Cooper also benefited from the pace attack’s outstanding year with the ball.

The trusty slipper broke the South Australian record for most catches by a non-keeper in a season, after hanging onto 22 chances from his 11 matches.  

His 198-run partnership with Carey against Western Australia also equalled the South Australian seventh-wicket record, tying with Glenn Bishopand Tim May’s stand 1990/91.

Here’s a look at some of the more significant numbers from the season.


A statistical breakdown of South Australia’s 2016/17 season:


Team bowling average: 28.4 (2nd in competition)

Team batting average: 29.3 (5th in competition)

Wickets taken: 197 (1sT in competition)

Wickets lost: 187 (1st in competition)

Highest run-scorer: Tom Cooper (736)

Leading wicket-taker: Chadd Sayers (62)

Highest batting average: Travis Head (43.00)

Lowest bowling average: Chadd Sayers (19.00)

Highest partnership: Tom Cooper and Alex Carey (198 – 7th wicket-stand v WA)*

Most sixes: Tom Cooper (11)

Most dismissals: Alex Carey (59)**

Most catches (non-keeper): Tom Cooper (22)*

*denotes new South Australian record

** denotes Sheffield Shield record