South Australia v Western Australia, Pura Cup, Adelaide, 2nd day March 9, 2007

Rogers gives Warriors hope of stealing final berth

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Western Australia 8 for 323 (Rogers 95, Voges 69, R Harris 4-83) lead South Australia 260 by 63 runs

Marcus North made 48 as Western Australia took first-innings points © Getty Images

Chris Rogers became Western Australia's highest run-scorer in a season and drove his side to a 63-run lead as they tried to sneak from fourth place into the Pura Cup final. Ryan Harris did his best to limit the damage for South Australia with four wickets but at the close, the Warriors were 8 for 323.

With New South Wales facing a probable loss at Hobart and Victoria set a testing target at Brisbane, the Warriors' stable effort at Adelaide suddenly put them in a promising position. To have any chance of reaching the final against Tasmania, the Warriors must beat the Redbacks and fittingly it was Rogers, the star of 2006-07, who put them on track.

He made 95, passing 1200 runs this season and eclipsing Murray Goodwin's record of 1183 runs in 2003-04. Rogers had good support from a string of middle-order batsmen: Shaun Marsh made 49, Marcus North contributed 48, and Adam Voges guided the team to first-innings points with his 69.

A lead was no certainty after the visitors resumed at 2 for 23 but the Redbacks could not keep up the pressure. Harris had Voges and Luke Ronchi both caught in the same over late in the day, however David Bandy continued Western Australia's steady climb and was 34 not out at stumps.