Ben Twohig hit a fine half century but his side, Southern Districts, were beaten by 79 runs in a South Australia Cricket Association Premier Cricket first grade match against Adelaide University.

The Worcestershire spinner showed his capabilities with bat in what was his first knock in first grade cricket since mid December when he scored 48 against Adelaide before being run out.

This time Twohig came in at 20-3 in pursuit of a 258 target and struck 62 off 82 balls with two sixes and six fours.

It was a fine effort after being laid low with illness earlier in the week and being forced to miss a crucial T20 match.

After County colleague Ben Cox’s dismissal for a single, Twohig added 78 for the sixth wicket with Matthew Sugg (46) to take the total to 135.

Twohig departed at that juncture, caught at mid on off a delivery which ‘popped’, and Southern Districts were bowled out for 178 in 41.1 overs.

Earlier, he has bowled four overs for 38 overs and Cox had taken catches to dismiss Adelaide University’s two top scorers in Benjamin Wakim (91) and Kyle Brazell (53).

*Josh Dell made six as his side, Mosman CC (115 in 31 overs) were beaten by eight wickets by Randwick Petersham in a New South Wales Premier Cricket second grade fixture.

*Worcestershire 2020 Vitality Blast signing, Ashton Turner, made 13 off 15 balls batting at number six as Australia (304 in 49.1 overs) were beaten by 36 runs against India in the second ODI in Rajkot.

*County 2020 signing Hamish Rutherford (4) and his Otago Volts team-mates missed out on the final of the Super Smash. They scored 174-8 but Auckland Aces replied with 178-7 in the preliminary final at Dunedin.