South Australia v Queensland, Pura Cup, 2nd day, Adelaide March 1, 2008

Calm Watson sees Bulls to safety

Cricinfo staff

Queensland 6 for 245 (Watson 69*, Love 62) lead South Australia 237 by 8 runs

Shane Watson, who has had a mixed summer for Queensland, found some four-day form with 69 not out © Getty Images

Shane Watson's unbeaten 69 steered Queensland to an eight-run lead over South Australia as they finished a hard-working day at 6 for 245. The Bulls scrapped to the initial target of 237, a task which had became more difficult when Ryan Harris removed Chris Simpson (10) and Ashley Noffke (2) in quick succession.

Martin Love's 62 and a slow 32 from Jimmy Maher put Queensland on track for the small total, but once Maher departed things started to get a bit shaky and they were 6 for 190 when Watson was joined by Chris Hartley. Watson's innings was also a calm one, taking 136 balls and including only six fours, but it was essential to Queensland achieving first-innings points late in the day.

The visitors started the morning on 0 for 8 and lost Greg Moller to Harris for 3 before Jason Gillespie captured Ryan Broad, his first wicket in his final game for the state. Harris returned 3 for 68 while Mark Cleary captured the wickets of Maher and Love.