Wade inflicts same old woes on Redbacks
South Australia 8 for 162 (Denton 3-30, Nannes 3-36) trail Victoria 438 (Hussey 104, Wade 83, White 76, R Harris 3-81) by 276 runs
Matthew Wade justified Victoria's decision to make him their No. 1 wicketkeeper with 83 and four catches on debut as the Bushrangers took control against South Australia. Despite all their off-season batting work the Redbacks showed little improvement from their woeful 2006-07, ending the day at 8 for 162 and trailing by 276.
Gerard Denton and Dirk Nannes claimed three wickets each as several Redbacks made starts and failed to go on. Matthew Elliott fared best with 42 but the Borgas brothers' first Pura Cup match together will be one to forget - Jason edged Denton behind for 1 and Cameron went in the same manner for 0.
Mark Cosgrove managed six fours in his 34 before nudging to short leg off Bryce McGain right before tea. A further five wickets fell in the final session and at the close the home side was 127 short of avoiding the follow on, with Cullen Bailey on 18 and Jason Gillespie on 2.
South Australia were also disappointing with the ball as they let Victoria's last two pairs add 118, with Wade the major contributor. He was chosen ahead of Adam Crosthwaite because of his batting skill and although he survived a couple of dropped catches he showed serious potential, striking nine fours and two sixes. Nannes, who made 31 not out, and Peter Siddle (17) were Wade's tail-end helpers.