South Australia v Queensland, Pura Cup, 1st day, Adelaide February 29, 2008

Cleary and Harris drag Redbacks to 237

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Queensland 0 for 8 trail South Australia 237 (Cleary 57, R Harris 55*) by 229 runs

Ashley Noffke, who has been in excellent form throughout the season, picked up three more wickets against South Australia © Getty Images

South Australia relied on reviving half-centuries from the lower-order pair of Mark Cleary and Ryan Harris to take them to 237 against Queensland. The Bulls, who were 0 for 8, are trying to lift from the foot of the table and Ashley Noffke and Scott Brant gave them a chance with three wickets each.

Until Cleary's 57 and Harris' 55 not out, the home team seemed destined to be dismissed for less than 200, but the tail-enders pushed them forward after another disappointing performance from the specialist batsmen. Graham Manou won the toss and batted and three of his batsmen went by lunch, with another four following in the second session as they limped to 7 for 100.

A 76-run partnership between Cleary and Harris added some respect and Harris continued to build the total until Dan Cullen, the No. 11, went for 27. It was a strong fightback, but Queensland's bowlers should have been happy, with Noffke taking 3 for 43 and Brant 3 for 53. Jason Gillespie, who announced his retirement during the lunch break, was one of Brant's victims when caught by Martin Love for 1.