NSW v SA, Pura Cup, Sydney, 1st day December 2, 2004

Bracken blasts out South Australia for 29

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NSW 2 for 233 (Jaques 154*) lead South Australia 29 (Bracken 7-4) by 204 runs

Nathan Bracken is mobbed after his seven-wicket haul © Getty Images
Nathan Bracken took a remarkable 7 for 4 as South Australia were blown away for 29, the second-lowest Pura Cup/Sheffield Shield score ever, on the first day of their match against New South Wales at the SCG. At the close, NSW were 2 for 233 in reply.

South Australia chose to bat in overcast conditions after winning the toss, but the decision backfired spectacularly as they were bowled out in 80 minutes. Five batsmen - Tom Plant, Mark Cosgrove, Callum Ferguson, Mark Cleary and Shaun Tait - made ducks, and only a last-wicket stand of five, the second-highest of the innings, helped South Australia crawl past the previous lowest total of 27, also set by SA at the SCG in 1955-56.

When NSW batted it was a totally different story. Greg Mail made 31 in a 92-run opening stand with Phil Jaques, who cruised to an unbeaten 154 at the close.

Shaun Tait, South Australia's highly regarded fast bowler, produced nothing like the menace of his New South Wales counterparts, ending the day with 0 for 67.