South Australia v Western Australia, Pura Cup, Adelaide, 3rd day March 10, 2007

Adcock makes Warriors toil to reach final

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 260 and 5 for 273 (Adcock 95, Borgas 83, Voges 3-42) lead Western Australia 335 (Rogers 95, Voges 69, R Harris 5-92) by 198 runs

Nathan Adcock made his third half-century for 2006-07 © Getty Images

Nathan Adcock and Jason Borgas frustrated Western Australia's attempts to make the Pura Cup final, putting up strong resistance and ensuring a tough chase for the Warriors. South Australia reached 5 for 273 at stumps, with an overall lead of 198.

Adcock made 95 and Borgas scored 83 as they built an important 147-run third-wicket partnership. Adam Voges' part-time spin troubled the Redbacks near the end of the day and he finished with his best first-class figures, 3 for 42.

Borgas again proved a slow but steady scorer and his 264-ball innings was his fourth half-century in his five-game career. Adcock blasted his runs in more entertaining fashion, smashing four sixes and nine fours from his 136 deliveries.

Voges had both batsmen caught at slip shortly before stumps and also removed Darren Lehmann, who made a lively 36. The Warriors added only 12 to their overnight score before Ryan Harris finished the innings with 5 for 92, which was his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

The Redbacks, searching for their first and only win in a depressing season, have the chance to set Western Australia a challenging final-day target. The Warriors would have nothing to lose in the chase and a victory would likely push them into the Pura Cup final against Tasmania.