Victoria v South Australia, Pura Cup, Melbourne, 1st day January 26, 2007

Bailey helps Redbacks build competitive total

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 7 for 262 (Borgas 66, Bailey 52*, Lewis 4-74) v Victoria

Mick Lewis troubled South Australia with four wickets © Getty Images

Jason Borgas and Cullen Bailey led an improved batting performance from South Australia, who fought hard to reach 7 for 262 at stumps. Victoria's fast bowlers took wickets regularly throughout the day after sending South Australia in but could not spark they collapse they craved from a team that only last week were bowled out for 114 and 120.

Borgas, the brother of the injured Cameron Borgas, was playing just his second first-class game and stubbornly refused to give in to the Victoria bowling until after four hours he was finally was caught for 66. He was one of four victims for Mick Lewis, who also removed Shane Deitz late in the day for 49. But Bailey, who scored his maiden half-century and finished unbeaten on 52, ensured the visitors would post a competitive total.

However, apart from Borgas, the South Australia top order remained a concern. Darren Pattinson, Victoria's debutant fast bowler, claimed the first breakthrough when he had Tom Plant for 13 and returned later to entice an edge to slip from Ben Cameron (22).

Matthew Elliott's struggle for runs continued as he was caught at second slip for 9 and both Daniel Harris and Mark Cosgrove made starts before falling to Lewis. Both teams were ruthless on their underperforming regulars, with Dan Cullen named 12th man for South Australia and Jon Moss for Victoria.