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Boland heroics not enough

Scott Boland's maiden five-wicket haul couldn't prevent the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers from losing its second match in the RYOBI One-Day Cup this season, going down by four wickets to South Australia at the MCG.

Set 242 for victory, the Redbacks got off to an exceptional start and were coasting at 0/164 with the game seeming a foregone conclusion before Scott Boland ripped through the South Australian top and middle order, with a barrage of short balls that saw four of his five wickets come from skied pulls or miscued cut shots. 

Darren Pattinson also chimed in with the valuable wicket of Hughes and at 6-212 there were jitters in the Redbacks camp.

Ultimately though, the damage had already been done as South Australia passed the target in the 47th over with no further loss of wickets.

Boland, who recorded career best figures of 4-85 at North Sydney Oval against NSW last week trumped that feat, with his first RYOBI Cup five-for, finishing with 5-63 from 11 overs.

Cameron White won the toss on a good MCG pitch and elected to bat, and it was Quiney who was first to fall for the Bushrangers, caught behind by Ludeman off the bowling of Kane Richardson for 14.

A partnership of 51 between Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell steadied proceedings before a mini collapse of 3-16 saw Maxwell (20), Hussey (one) and Finch (46) all depart to leave the Bushrangers in the precarious position of 4-98. 

White made a hard fought 26, but when he fell and the score was 5-134, control of the game was on a knifes edge.

A 74-run partnership between young gun Alex Keath and the ever-maturing Peter Handscomb showed great composure to set the platform for a competitive total.

Handscomb played Redbacks captain and off-spinner Johan Botha with great footwork to turn the strike over during a time when runs were hard to come by.

Keath's innings of 28 was critical in the context of the innings, and he played the anchor role exceptionally well when a partnership was desperately needed.

When Keath fell however, the Vics lost another clump of wickets, with Handscomb out soon after for a fine 65 from 72 deliveries including two fours and two sixes.

When Will Sheridan was dismissed one run later it looked like the score may struggle to reach 230.

A 19-run partnership from Jayde Herrick (13 not out) and Boland (7 not out from 6 balls) saw the Bushrangers to 8-241 from their 50 overs.

The loss still leaves the Bushrangers one point clear of the RYOBI Cup table from South Australia after six matches. With T20 mania about to take over the domestic scene, Victoria's next RYOBI Cup fixture isn't until February 9 at the Adelaide Oval against the same opposition.

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