Queensland v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 4th day December 1, 2008

South Australia cling to victory after Klinger hundred

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 411 & 7 for 334 (Klinger 137, Borgas 60) beat Queensland 352 & 392 (Watson 81, Hartley 75*, Love 50, Christian 4-89) by 3 wickets

Michael Klinger, who switched from Victoria to South Australia in the off-season, has starred at his new state and is the Sheffield Shield's leading run-scorer © Getty Images

Michael Klinger struck his third hundred of the season as South Australia won their first Sheffield Shield game of the summer by chasing 334 on the final day at the Gabba. Klinger, the leading run-scorer in the competition with 775 at 96.87, steered the Redbacks as they recorded a three-wicket victory that lifted them to fourth.

Everything was going well for the visitors when Klinger, an off-season recruit from Victoria, was there but when he left at 6 for 280 it set up a tight finish. Aaron O'Brien (26 not out) and Daniel Christian (30) made sure of the success as South Australia reached 7 for 334 with 2.1 overs remaining.

Queensland suffered again from dropped catches after giving Callum Ferguson three lives during his first-innings 132. O'Brien was spilled by Shane Watson on 4, Klinger got a reprieve on 109, Cameron Borgas was missed on 12 and Martin Love grassed the opener Daniel Harris on 0 off Chris Swan. Love made up for the mistake in the same over when he caught Younis Khan without scoring.

Harris and Klinger put on 97 and then Klinger combined with Borgas in a 136-run partnership that set the platform for the chase. They needed 124 in the final session, but had to overcome some nervous moments when they lost 4 for 45, including Klinger. Swan was the leading Queensland bowler with 3 for 56 and the Bulls stay in second on 18 points, four behind Victoria.