New South Wales v South Australia, Sydney, 3rd day December 20, 2008

Redbacks surrender points in hope for outright result

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 6 for 483 dec & 2 for 106 lead South Australia 3 for 304 dec (Klinger 125, Borgas 90*) by 285 runs

Cameron Borgas was 90 not out when South Australia's declaration came © Getty Images

South Australia challenged New South Wales to set a tempting target after declaring their first innings 179 behind in the final session of the third day. At stumps the Blues were 2 for 106, with a lead of 285, following the Redbacks' decision to abandon any thoughts of first-innings points at 3 for 304 declared, a total which was boosted by the in-form Michael Klinger.

Klinger is having an amazing season, topping the competition with 900 runs at 112.50, and he added another 125. There were two reprieves for Klinger on 24, both off Doug Bollinger, but he made the most of the chances while collecting eight fours and three sixes in a highly effective display.

His 314-ball innings, which was interrupted by a couple of rain breaks, ended when he was caught by Beau Casson off Nathan Hauritz shortly before the declaration. The closure was untimely for Cameron Borgas, who was unbeaten on 90.

New South Wales lost Greg Mail (2) and Phillip Hughes (23 off 16 balls) before Ben Rohrer, who scored a century in the first innings, crashed his way to 51 from 31 deliveries. Peter Forrest also enjoyed the unexpected opportunity and reached 29.