Callum Ferguson continued his fine form but an astonishing collapse meant South Australia went down by six wickets to Tasmania on the final day of the Sheffield Shield clash in Adelaide.
Worcestershire’s 2018 and 2019 overseas player Ferguson followed up his excellent performances for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash after reverting back to the red ball format.
The 34-year-old came to the wicket at 147-3 in South Australia’s second innings after they had conceded a first innings advantage of 210 to their opponents.
Ferguson and opener Jake Weatherald gave their side real hope of salvaging a draw as they added 151 for the fourth wicket.
The former made an accomplished 60 off 113 balls with nine boundaries which followed on from his 111 in the first meeting between the sides in Hobart.
Ferguson, who returns to Blackfinch New Road on May 1, was fourth out at 298 – and then the innings went into swift decline.
The last six wickets went down for three runs in 3.3 overs to undone all the good work done by Ferguson and Weatherald (150).
Bird finished with 7-59 and it meant Tasmania were left a modest 110 target which they comfortably achieved.