South Australia v Victoria, Pura Cup, Adelaide, 2nd day October 28, 2006

Lehmann and Borgas rescue South Australia

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South Australia 5 for 197 (Lehmann 75*, Borgas 66) trail Victoria 6 for 385 dec (McDonald 88, Crosthwaite 72*, Hussey 65) by 188 runs

Darren Lehmann and Cameron Borgas were the saviours for South Australia, as they recovered from a shaky 4 for 70 to a relatively comfortable 5 for 197 on the second day of the Pura Cup match against Victoria at Adelaide. Victoria had earlier declared their first innings on 6 for 385, with Andrew McDonald and Adam Crosthwaite both making their highest first-class scores.

Resuming at 5 for 244, Victoria piled on the runs - McDonald and Crosthwaite added 70 for the sixth wicket before McDonald finally fell for 88. If the Redbacks thought they could wrap up the innings quickly they were mistaken as Crosthwaite found an able ally in Jon Moss, who made an unbeaten 43 and helped add 86 more for the seventh wicket before Cameron White, the Victorian captain, finally declared the innings.

The Redbacks started poorly. Matthew Elliott and Shane Deitz, the openers, got starts but neither could kick on, and when Mark Cosgrove and Callum Ferguson fell cheaply as well, they were struggling and looking at a substantial first-innings deficit.

But Lehmann and Borgas ensured it wouldn't be one-way traffic for Victoria. Lehmann showed plenty of aggression during his knock, spanking seven fours and facing just 87 deliveries for an unbeaten 75. Borgas, though, was more circumspect, requiring 144 deliveries for his 66 before becoming Shane Warne's second victim of the day. That wicket tilted the balance back in the Bushrangers' favour, as South Australia finished the day still trailing by 188, with half their side back in the hutch.