South Australia v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 3rd day November 1, 2009

Redbacks hang on after McDonald adds to pain

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South Australia 292 & 2 for 120 (Harris 49*) trail Victoria 9 for 643 dec (Hodge 195, Rogers 149, McDonald 114) by 231 runs
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South Australia achieved their first goal of finishing the third day strongly but they must hold on for another three sessions to prevent Victoria from cruising to victory in Adelaide. After Brad Hodge's 195 and Andrew McDonald's 114 set them on track for a 351-run lead, the Bushrangers managed two wickets as the hosts reached 120, still needing 231 to avoid an innings defeat.

Daniel Harris, the stand-in captain, responded well following Victoria's 9 for 643 declared and was unbeaten on 49 while James Smith and Michael Klinger made starts. Smith was lbw to John Hastings for 45 before Klinger was bowled by Nannes on 20, leaving Harris to hope for some strong support as they try to force Victoria to bat again.

McDonald wasn't used much on the Ashes tour and he showed what he was capable of to follow the fine work of Hodge. After Hodge was caught in the gully off Peter George, having added another 26 in the opening session, Rob Quiney and Matthew Wade also fell before lunch. McDonald stayed in control and found the boundary 13 times before he was caught hitting out at Cullen Bailey.

The wicket didn't stop South Australia's misery and the visitors waited until the lead passed 350 before ending the pain in the second session. Bailey collected 3 for 113 off 22.1 overs while Dan Christian returned 3 for 140.