South Australia v Queensland, Pura Cup, Adelaide, 2nd day December 16, 2006

Perren builds lead after Redbacks crumble

Cricinfo staff

Queensland 192 and 2 for 138 (Perren 78*) lead South Australia 171 (Deitz 51, Noffke 3-48) by 159 runs
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Clinton Perren became the highest scorer of the match with 78 not out © Getty Images

South Australia's poor season continued as they failed to reach the 193 required to take first-innings points against Queensland at Adelaide Oval. The Redbacks crashed to be all out for 171 and by stumps had allowed the Bulls to skip away to a 159-run lead thanks to a Clinton Perren half-century.

South Australia's batting continued to look fragile - only Darren Lehmann and Shane Deitz have scored centuries this season - as the Queensland bowlers all chipped in to defend their small total. Deitz was again the shining light with 51 batting at No. 8 but he had little support.

The home side were proceeding nicely at 1 for 39 but three wickets in the space of four overs put the Bulls back on top. Ashley Noffke recorded the best figures of 3 for 48, while Shane Watson, Andy Bichel and Mitchell Johnson made two breakthroughs each. But the news was not so good for the visitors when Watson left the field after bowling three overs, having re-injured his left hamstring.

Queensland, whose key batsmen have also struggled recently, found form in the second innings as Perren and Jimmy Maher added 128 for the second wicket. Perren's 78 not out was only his second half-century in nine innings this season, while Maher fell just before stumps for 49, one short of his first fifty in 2006-07.

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