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Callum Ferguson's fine hundred went in vain

South Australia vs Western Australia, Adelaide

Western Australia marched into the finals of the Marsh Cup with a narrow six-run win over South Australia. Callum Ferguson scored 127 off 125 to take the hosts within seven runs of victory but Jhye Richardson, after being hit for two sixes and a four in the penultimate over, got his wicket.

Chasing 253 for a victory, South Australia were reeling at 76 for 5, the bowler largely responsible for it being Nathan Coulter-Nile; he would finish with 5 for 48. Cameron Valente (33) and Kane Richardson (26) helped put on small stands with Ferguson, but at 190 for 9, a close finish was a long shot. The duo of Daniel Worrall and Ferguson then put on 56 runs in 7.4 overs to take South Australia close.

Earlier, Cameron Green's 86 off 78 balls helped Western Australia to 252, after they were reeling at 73 for 5 when put in to bat. Wes Agar picked 5 for 40, and when batting later, also hit one flat-batted to his brother Ashton at mid-on. Ashton was left with a bloody face and had to walk off the field.

South Australia now need to win their last match against Victoria on Tuesday, but before that, they would hope that Queensland lose by a big margin to Tasmania on Monday.

Brief Scores: Western Australia 252 (Cameron Green 86; Wes Agar 5-40) beat South Australia 246 (Callum Ferguson 127; Nathan Coulter-Nile 5-48) by 6 runs

Victoria vs New South Wales, Melbourne

In another closely-contested encounter, Victoria edged out New South Wales to win by six runs on the penultimate ball of the match. Nine wickets down, NSW needed 12 runs off the last over -- and then 7 runs off 2 balls -- when Andrew Fekete struck with the wicket of Liam Hatcher and sealed the deal. It meant that Moises Henriques's 98 earlier in the innings went in vain. Henriques, who walked in after an 88-run second-wicket stand, was out at the end of the 49th over, bowled by Will Sutherland. Peter Siddle's figures of 3 for 40 stood out for Victoria.

Earlier in the day, Victoria opted to bat and were 265 all out in 49.2 overs. They lost opener Sam Harper to Liam Hatcher in the second over but Matthew Short (88) later in the innings helped them to a total over 250. Accompanying him was a half-century on March Cup debut from Jake Fraser-McGurk, the 17-year-old who also hit a fifty on his Shield debut a few days ago. Daniel Sams, who had created a bit of a top-order collapse, finished with 5 for 46.

Brief Scores: Victoria 265 in 49.2 overs (Matthew Short 88; Daniel Sams 5-46) beat New South Wales 259 in 49.5 overs (Moises Henriques 98; Peter Siddle 3-40) by 6 runs

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