South Australia v Victoria, Pura Cup, Adelaide, 1st day February 2, 2006

Victoria make light work of Redbacks' total

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 1 for 137 (Hodge 56*, Mash 54*) lead South Australia 134 (Ferguson 42, Warne 3-35, Harwood 3-44) by 3 runs

Victoria made South Australia pay for a poor batting performance as they passed their total for the loss of only one wicket at Adelaide Oval. The Bushrangers joined Queensland and Western Australia in sealing first-innings points on the first day in this round of matches as Lloyd Mash and Brad Hodge raised half-centuries. At stumps the pair had compiled 97 and the visitors were running comfortably at 1 for 137.

South Australia began badly by losing Shane Deitz in the first over and their situation didn't really improve apart from brief rallies from Greg Blewett 23 and Callum Ferguson 42. They were 6 for 80 at lunch and allout before tea for 134. Shane Warne was refreshed after three weeks holidaying in Thailand and Fiji and he picked up 3 for 35, including the caught and bowled of Ferguson, while Shane Harwood also created trouble with 3 for 44.

The pitch offered early encouragement for the seamers and Mick Lewis and Gerard Denton took advantage with two wickets each. Denton's first-ball removal of Darren Lehmann, who drove straight to Mash at point, was the most important and he returned to add Blewett. Victoria are now level with New South Wales and South Australia on 20 points at the top of the table.