Victoria v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 2nd day December 11, 2009

Klinger's double-ton demoralises Victoria

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Victoria 1 for 35 trail South Australia 6 for 517 dec (Klinger 207*, Cosgrove 103, Smith 61, Christian 52*) by 482 runs

It took Michael Klinger more than a decade to post a century at the MCG but when he did he made it a double as South Australia took control against Victoria. Klinger and Mark Cosgrove both registered hundreds before South Australia declared at 6 for 517 and things worsened for the Bushrangers when they lost Chris Rogers on the last ball of the day.

Victoria reached 1 for 35 at the close with Nick Jewell on 13, having lost Rogers, who was caught in close off Aaron O'Brien for 21. It capped off a horror day for the hosts, who could do nothing to stop the charge of their former team-mate Klinger as he played his way to an unbeaten 207.

Klinger made his debut for Victoria in 1999-00 but never managed to score a century at the MCG for the Busghrangers. He and Cosgrove combined for 152-run third-wicket stand that ground down Victoria, who were one bowler short on the second day as Darren Pattinson had a calf strain.

Cosgrove made 103 from 146 deliveries before he was trapped lbw by John Hastings and despite another two quick wickets from Bryce McGain, Klinger then found support from Daniel Christian. They added 103 before Graham Manou declared in the final session, with Christian unbeaten on 52.