Debutant Ludeman shines but Victoria on top
Victoria 0 for 2 trail South Australia 292 (Ludeman 62, Cosgrove 53, McKay 3-49) by 290 runs
South Australia's debutant wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman has slotted in comfortably to first-class cricket, top scoring with 62 on the opening day against his former state Victoria. However, the Bushrangers had the better of the day and dismissed the Redbacks for 292 before their openers survived two overs prior to stumps.
Victoria's players were making a rapid adjustment from Twenty20 to four-day cricket following their Champions League semi-final appearance and their bowlers quickly made the switch. Dirk Nannes and Clint McKay took the new ball and reduced South Australia to 3 for 28 before the middle order began to recover.
Mark Cosgrove posted 53 and had assistance from Aaron O'Brien (47), before Cosgrove was caught on the boundary off the bowling of Andrew McDonald. Ludeman and Daniel Christian (37) continued to rebuild with a 99-run seventh-wicket partnership that ended when Ludeman was trapped lbw by Bryce McGain.
It was an impressive debut for Ludeman, who moved from Victoria during the off-season and was called into the side after South Australia's captain and gloveman Graham Manou made a quick dash to India to join Australia's one-day squad. Ludeman struck nine fours and one six during his 82-ball innings.
McKay and Nannes finished with three wickets each for Victoria. The Bushrangers reached 0 for 2 at stumps with Nick Jewell having scored the full tally and Chris Rogers yet to get off the mark.