South Australia v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 2nd day December 19, 2009

Redbacks crawl on Klinger half-century

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South Australia 4 for 167 (Klinger 64*) trail Western Australia 401 (S Marsh 82, Heal 81, Noffke 59, M Marsh 55, Robinson 54, Bailey 4-62) by 234 runs

Michael Klinger's half-century was the highlight for South Australia on a snail-paced day as they reached 4 for 167 in Adelaide. Western Australia were dismissed for 401 before lunch and the Redbacks moved at 2.35 runs per over for the rest of the day.

Klinger's 64 took 192 deliveries and included only five fours as he anchored the innings. While Klinger's figures look ugly, none of his partners were able to pass the 34 of Mark Cosgrove on a tough day.

At the beginning of their chase James Smith was bowled for 1 and Ashley Noffke picked up Daniel Harris on 32 as the Redbacks crept forward. Klinger and Cosgrove combined for 52 but each time the hosts started to form a decent partnership it was ended by the frugal Western Australians.

Aaron Heal scored a personal best of 81 as he pushed Western Australia from their overnight score of 7 for 309. Ashley Noffke fell on 59 when he was lbw to Jake Haberfield before Heal combined with Brad Knowles in a 91-run stand. Cullen Bailey cleaned up the final two wickets for a return of 4 for 62 that augurs well for the second innings.