South Australia v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 2nd day

Blues keep pressure on after Rohrer century

Cricinfo staff

February 20, 2010

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South Australia 4 for 185 (Klinger 63, Smith 50) trail New South Wales 6 for 565 dec (Hughes 192, Forrest 141, Rohrer 115) by 380 runs

Trent Copeland starred on debut for NSW, NSW v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, SCG, 1st day, 29 January, 2010
Trent Copeland grabbed two important wickets as New South Wales stayed in control © Getty Images

New South Wales' dominance over South Australia continued on the second day as they added four wickets to their massive first-innings total of 6 for 565 declared. The hosts were 4 for 185 at stumps after their batsmen could not convert their starts and have a huge assignment over the second half of the contest to save the match.

The last-placed Blues need to win to stay in contention for the final and their bowlers have them on track after Trent Copeland and Mitchell Starc picked up two wickets each. Copeland began by bowling the opener Daniel Harris when he didn't offer a shot and also removed the dangerous Michael Klinger with an edge behind. Steve O'Keefe, the left-arm spinner, took the new ball without success while Starc struck with the wickets of James Smith and Mark Cosgrove (0) either side of tea to have the hosts 3 for 94.

Klinger's 63 kept the Redbacks floating after Smith's 50, but they suffered and still require another 231 to avoid the prospect of following on. The Blues lost Josh Hazlewood to a side strain in the warm-up so they will have to weigh up whether the under-strength attack can manage back-to-back innings in the field.

After New South Wales resumed at 4 for 413, Ben Rohrer followed the hundreds of Phillip Hughes and Peter Forrest on the opening day. The visitors raced forward as Rohrer blasted five sixes and 10 fours in his 115 from 119 balls. Rohrer was joined by Peter Nevill in a 139-run stand and when Nevill went for 50 Simon Katich ended the misery for South Australia's bowlers.

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