South Australia v Queensland, Pura Cup, Adelaide, 2nd day November 7, 2005

Blewett leads Redbacks' rainy chase

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 3 for 89 (Blewett 43*) trail Queensland 342 (Symonds 163, Hartley 66, Rofe 4-56) by 253 runs

Queensland struck three blows on a rain-affected day at Adelaide as they fought for control against South Australia. The weather forced an 85-minute delay after only three balls in the morning and showers arrived again before tea to curtail the action with the Redbacks 3 for 89. Greg Blewett, who hit Mitchell Johnson for consecutive cover-driven boundaries, showed some steel to be not out on 43 while the captain Darren Lehmann was 5.

The Bulls, who had increased their overnight total by 20 before being dismissed for 342, removed Matthew Elliott in the 20-minute period before lunch with a catch to Andrew Symonds at point. Shane Deitz and Callum Ferguson both made small impressions in the gloomy conditions, but Deitz went for 21 when he missed a Symonds inswinger and Ferguson slipped up in getting an edge to first slip off Johnson.

Paul Rofe ended the Queensland innings by inducing nicks from Andy Bichel and Johnson to claim figures of 4 for 56. Jason Gillespie and Mark Cleary both captured two victims.