Noffke rattles Redbacks after Cosgrove century
South Australia 9 for 323 (Cosgrove 109, Deitz 65*, D Harris 59, Noffke 5-69) v Queensland
Mark Cosgrove's first Pura Cup century of the season ensured a competitive score for South Australia but Ashley Noffke's five-wicket haul kept the honours even on day one at Brisbane. Cosgrove made 109 but had too little support and Noffke's 5 for 69 reduced the Redbacks to 9 for 323 at stumps.
Cosgrove became only the third South Australia player to make a Pura Cup hundred in 2006-07 and their below-par batting was again on display as the top order threatened to collapse once more. The visitors lost 4 for 12 shortly after lunch and it looked like the 102-run opening stand between Daniel Harris and Jason Borgas would be wasted.
Cosgrove's 144-ball innings and Shane Deitz's unbeaten 65 steadied the Redbacks but the team was unable to capitalise as five batsmen failed to score. Noffke's removal of Cosgrove started another mini-collapse of 4 for 4 and Andy Bichel helped Noffke with 3 for 76. Deitz held his nerve and was with Shaun Tait (4 not out) at the close.
South Australia began promisingly after Darren Lehmann, who was returning from a hamstring injury, won the toss and chose to bat. Borgas was the first to go for 38 and he was followed by Matthew Elliott and Lehmann, who each made 0. Harris, who had batted well for his 59, completed the eventful little post-lunch spell when he was caught behind off Noffke.