Klinger half century brings relief to Redbacks
Michael Klinger scored a vital half century to rescue the South Australia Redbacks who struggled with the bat early on against the Highveld Lions at Centurion.
Klinger top scored with 78, his innings of 48 deliveries included 6 fours and 5 sixes to help the Redbacks reach 178-6.
Having won the toss Alviro Petersen decided to put the Redbacks into bat and it proved to be an astute decision with the home side utilizing the conditions to their advantage restricting the Australianís during the power play overs.
The Redbacks struggled with the bat; scoring only 33 runs during the first six overs and they lost Daniel Harris (13) as well after he was trapped LBW by Robert Frylinck in the 4th over.
With Harris gone Klinger came to the crease and he immediately went about kick starting the Redbacks innings smashing Zander de Bruyn for a massive six at the start of the 5th over.
Klinger carried on his attacking play despite the loss of Graham Manou (12) in the 8th over. The 30 year old opener smashed Werner Coetsee for a huge six over midwicket before dispatching Richard Cameron for consecutive boundaries.
With Manou back in the dug out Callum Ferguson joined Klinger out in the middle with great effect dispatching de Bruyn for three boundaries in the 15th over as the Redbacks started to gain the upper hand.
The pair built a vital 3rd wicket partnership of 96 before Ferguson (47) was run out thanks to an excellent piece of fielding from de Bruyn who threw the ball into wicket keeper Thami Tsolekile to take the bails off.
Klingerís (78) marvellous innings was ended three balls later after he was caught out in the boundary by Alviro Petersen after he attempted to smash de Bruyn for consecutive sixes to leave 167-4.
Cameron Borgas (2) quickly followed in the last over before new batsmen Tom Cooper smashed a six from the first delivery he faced to help the Redbacks reach 177-6.