Borgas raises maiden century as Redbacks bite back
South Australia 3 for 251 (Borgas 106*, Cosgrove 74) trail Tasmania 8 dec for 421 (Birt 140, Bailey 155, Clingeleffer 53*, Rofe 4-80) by 170 runs
Cameron Borgas continued South Australia's batting resurgence this summer with a debut century as they made a strong impression on the second day of the Pura Cup match at Bellerive Oval. The Redbacks, who struggled for competitive totals throughout last season, were 3 for 251 at stumps after a crucial stand of 127 between Borgas and Mark Cosgrove following Tasmania's declaration at 8 for 421.
Borgas, who was a late inclusion for the injured Matthew Elliott, had a top first-class score of 53 before his seventh match, but he quickly secured a new mark when he brought up his century late in the day and finished unbeaten on 106. Darren Lehmann was not out on 17 and the pair will be crucial to South Australia's bid for first-innings points after Cosgrove fell for 74 to the debutant Brendan Drew.
Drew, who was so nervous he forgot his protector when going out to bat, added 15 as Tasmania's lower order put on 110 before the declaration at lunch. Sean Clingeleffer collected almost half of those with an unbeaten 53 and he also picked up a catch off Darren McNees to dismiss Shane Deitz for 42.
South Australia were also boosted by the news Elliott, who was misdiagnosed with a broken right wrist yesterday, may be available for Sunday's ING Cup game against New South Wales at Adelaide. A scan today revealed Elliott suffered ligament damage instead of a fracture.