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Saturday, November 04, 2006

SA v NSW game goes into third day after belated SA revival

Today SA, which in this context means South Australia (not South Africa, as Simone Thurtell described it today on ABC Radio Grandstand), improved on yesterday's dismal showing and have taken the game into the third scheduled day.

In the morning the Redbacks attack regrouped and kept the pressure on the Blues, whose batting at present isn't as strong as their bowling, eventually dismissing them for 288, a lead of 134.

When SA batted again it was the old story (well, the same as for the last two games): early wickets, on this occasion two LBWs to Stuart Clark, who finished with 2/12 from 9 overs of top class pace bowling. The photo shows the ball that dismissed Elliott (and the gap between his bat and pad).

Cosgrove and Borgas restored the situation with some watchful batting through to stumps when the home team were 2/103: still 31 behind, but in a much better position than seemed likely (or even, in the light of recent collapses, possible) at 2/13. Cosgrove again batted as he'd done in the second innings against Victoria earlier this week, restraining his aggressive tendencies, especially against Clark and Nicholson, but willing to hit loose balls from the others. McGill in particular suffered at his hands: his length wavered and his 7 overs to date have cost 36.

Tomorrow SA have more hard work to do if they are to set NSW a challenging final innings task. The weather forecast for the next two days is for much the same as yesterday and today: fine and mostly sunny, so a result, most likely a NSW outright win, will be achieved.

The Cricinfo report with link to scorecard is here. For comparison Cricket Australia's is here.
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