South Australia v New South Wales, Pura Cup, Adelaide, 1st day March 10, 2006

Dietz and Borgas flay New South Wales

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South Australia 2 for 356 (Deitz 154, Borgas 140*) v New South Wales
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Shane Deitz: added a record 271 for the second wicket with Cameron Borgas © Getty Images
Shane Deitz collected his fourth first-class century and Cameron Borgas his second as South Australia dominated the first day of the crucial encounter against New South Wales at Adelaide. The prospect of the Blues defending their title in the final appeared bleak as Deitz controlled the innings and shared a record second-wicket partnership of 271 with Borgas to reached 2 for 356 at the close.

New South Wales' bowlers struggled for impact without their band of international performers on an excellent batting surface, and the only bright moment before tea came when Doug Bollinger forced an edge from Daniel Harris with the score on 64. From there Deitz, the opener, and Borgas grabbed control for South Australia, including moving from 150 to 200 in ten overs. Deitz's century came first, while Borgas brought up his milestone in style with three fours in an over from the offspinner Jason Krejza.

Deitz fell in the final hour for 154. Their stand surpassed the 234 runs made by George Giffen and John Lyons at the SCG in 1891-92 - the summer before the Sheffield Shield was struck - as the highest second wicket stand for SA versus NSW.

But Borgas, who was dropped on 37 and 131, remained unbeaten on 140 at stumps, and South Australia ended in a strong position to drive for the outright win that could earn them a place in the final if the Victoria-Western Australia match ends in a draw.