New South Wales v South Australia, Pura Cup, SCG, 4th day October 28, 2005

Bracken wraps up dominant NSW win

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 343 and 172 (Lehmann 47, Bracken 5-36) lost to New South Wales 9 for 515 dec and 2 for 187 dec by 187 runs

Nathan Bracken has had plenty to cheer this week, including the wicket of Graham Manou © Getty Images

Nathan Bracken marked his Test recall with five wickets as he finished off a disappointing South Australia and New South Wales sealed a 187-run victory at the SCG. Claiming 5 for 36 off 14.2 overs, Bracken showed his versatility by dropping his pace and working on seam movement from around the wicket after the first five breakthroughs were made by his first-Test team-mates McGrath, Lee and MacGill.

Chasing 360 for an unlikely victory, South Australia started the morning on 3 for 14 and were in more danger in the 10th over when Greg Blewett attempted to pull Glenn McGrath and was caught by Brad Haddin. Darren Lehmann, who made 159 in the first innings, and Callum Ferguson held up their opponents with a 76-run stand before Lehmann departed after aiming a slog-sweep off Stuart MacGill.

Bracken arrived to take three wickets before lunch, forcing errors from Ferguson, Cameron Borgas and Graham Manou, and after the break picked up Paul Rofe and Mark Cleary to move New South Wales to the top of the table after the opening round of matches. Bracken's next assignment is the first Test against West Indies starting in Brisbane on Thursday.