Queensland v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 3rd day March 5, 2010

Townsend stands up but Redbacks hit back

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 72 and 1 for 89 (Smith 53) need 237 runs to beat Queensland 160 and 6 for 237 dec (Townsend 114*)
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South Australia are battling to keep their season alive but Queensland still have the upper hand at the Gabba as they chase a home final. The Bulls gave the visitors a target of 326 to win and the Redbacks improved significantly on their first-innings 72 as they reached 1 for 89 before rain and bad light cut the final session.

More wet weather is predicted for Saturday and if a result is not possible it will leave the Redbacks out of the race for the final and Queensland in second place with a game to go. Wade Townsend's third first-class century was the innings of the game as he negotiated the difficult conditions to take Queensland to 6 for 237 before the declaration came shortly before lunch.

The opener Townsend, who resumed on 74, moved to an unbeaten 114, which included 16 fours and a six, while most of his team-mates struggled. Chris Simpson managed 33 and Ben Cutting collected 15 not out, but it was Townsend who was responsible for the strong position. Gary Putland finished the match with seven wickets after taking 3 for 39 while Peter George had 2 for 38.

South Australia's openers put on 89 - more than the whole side made in the first innings - and lost James Smith (53) to the final ball before tea when he hit Luke Feldman to gully. Smith was also responsible for striking Townsend in the shoulder at short leg in the sixth over of the innings and he went to hospital for x-rays. When the rain came Daniel Smith was 32 not out.