Ferg’s Final Fixture

How could the first point today not be in recognition of Callum Ferguson and the amazing effort he put in for his beloved state once more? He may have fallen just three runs short of a fairy-tale century in his last first-class dig, but the story isn’t what he didn’t achieve, it is what he has achieved during a remarkable career.

Ferguson’s 97 (195) not only came at a time the Redbacks truly needed him to perform, irrespective of the historic nature of the game, it came against a strong bowling line-up that had all the momentum. In partnership with Harry Nielsen, Ferguson added 218 runs across 70 overs to bat his state into a position where an outright win was well and truly on the table.

It wasn’t to be today for Ferg or the Redbacks, but along the way he did pass Les Favell to become the fourth-highest run-scorer in South Australian first-class history. Ever the team man, Ferguson wanted nothing more than a win today, but his 8318 runs will forever stand as one of the greatest achievements amongst a proud sporting history not just within the state, but across the nation.

Harry Keeps On

After multiple strong efforts with the bat so far this season, Harry Nielsen took a huge step today when he brought up his second first-class century. Scoring his maiden ton in his very first Shield innings, the wicketkeeper has been hunting his second for twenty fixtures, and to do it with his great mate Callum Ferguson at the other end will mean the world to the 25-year-old.

The pair embraced joyously after Nielsen slashed the ball through the offside to bring up three figures, with Ferguson looking every bit as excited and proud as Nielsen himself. Eventually succumbing to a questionable LBW decision, Nielsen had added 114 to the Redbacks total, his highest first-class score.

Lower Order Determination

The opening stanza of South Australia’s Marsh Sheffield Shield fixtures this season will be remembered for two glorious centuries from Travis Head, in addition to the fine performances from Ferguson and Nielsen today. But it is worth noting that throughout the Redback’s first four clashes, the lower order has been resilient and defiant with the bat on a regular basis.

Today, the combined balls faced and runs scored from Liam Scott, Chadd Sayers and Daniel Worrall was 89 (293), with the latter finishing not out. Sayers in particular was marvellous, taking guard to 122 deliveries for his 46. Results have not gone the Redbacks way so far this season, but the lower order have certainly done their bit with the stick.