South Australia v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 3rd day November 12, 2008

Klinger double-century gives Redbacks lead

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 6 for 434 (Klinger 221*, Borgas 105) lead Western Australia 309 by 125 runs

Michael Klinger struggled to make the most of his time with Victoria; now he is the leading scorer with South Australia in 2008-09 © Getty Images

Michael Klinger continued his incredible career rejuvenation since moving to South Australia with an unbeaten double-century that gave the Redbacks a handy lead over Western Australia. At stumps on the third day Klinger was on 221 and South Australia had ground their way to 6 for 434, with an advantage of 125.

Klinger moved to Adelaide during the off-season after managing two centuries in a decade in and out of the Victoria line-up; he has now matched that number in his first four games with South Australia. Klinger has 582 Sheffield Shield runs at 116.40 this season and is nearly 300 clear of his nearest rival.

He batted right through the third day at the Adelaide Oval and had faced 475 deliveries. Klinger had a strong ally for much of the time as Cameron Borgas found some much-needed form and registered his third first-class century.

Borgas made 105 in their 265-run partnership before he was caught behind off Trent Kelly. It was a tough day for the Warriors bowlers; by the close of the hot and tiring day all but two Western Australians had been used by the captain Marcus North.

Aaron Heal and Adam Voges stopped Callum Ferguson and Graham Manou from offering too much support to Klinger, but by then the first-innings points already belonged to the Redbacks. By the close North even threw the ball to the opener Liam Davis and his first over for his state ended Aaron O'Brien's innings on 24 and spelled the end of a long, hot day.