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February 16, 2009
Chris Hartley stepped up with a century that positioned Queensland for a satisfying result before the lower order collapsed in a frenetic finish to hand South Australia a valuable 19-run victory. Set 333, the Bulls looked like they would hold on for a draw at tea, then increased their rate to push for the win.
Only in the last hour did defeat come into the equation, but South Australia roared home to move two behind the fifth-placed New South Wales. Lee Carseldine was undone on 86 by Cullen Bailey, bringing the captain Chris Simpson out and things got eventful. He showed the side's intent by striking 15 off 19 before he was bowled by the debutant Jake Haberfield, and Chris Swan became his fourth wicket after 12 from seven.
Hartley, who struck 13 fours and a six during his 102, was adjudged lbw to Bailey, who followed up in the same over by bowling Ben Cutting around his legs. Ryan Harris, who played for South Australia last year, was last out. Haberfield was strong during his 4 for 60 while Bailey added 3 for 89 to his 5 for 90 in the first innings.
There were some early murmurs when Ryan Broad, Martin Love and Andrew Symonds went in the first session, but the core of the Queensland order was much stronger until the setbacks after tea. Symonds' unhappy match, which started with knee soreness on the opening day, continued when he was caught in the gully for 3 off Haberfield.
That left Queensland at 3 for 56, but Carseldine worked with Nick Kruger (49) and then Hartley to steer them away from the immediate danger. It was Hartley's second career century and was a timely one as Australia consider a back-up gloveman for Brad Haddin. Luke Ronchi, the incumbent understudy, has been dropped from the Western Australia side and both Graham Manou and Hartley posted three figures in Adelaide.
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