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March 12, 2010
New South Wales 9 for 550 dec beat South Australia 267 (Borgas 62, Harris 54, Copeland 4-55) and 244 (Cosgrove 105, J Smith 79, S Smith 7-64) by an innings and 39 runs
Steven Smith backed up his fine batting with a maiden five-wicket haul as New South Wales handed South Australia the wooden spoon at the SCG. Smith, the 20-year-old legspinner, was picked in the Test squad to go to New Zealand and since the announcement has scored 100 and collected a stunning 7 for 64 off 16 overs.
Smith's previous best in a first-class game was 3 for 99, but he was a huge threat on a third-day wicket as the Redbacks were bowled out for 244 in their second innings. The visitors had been forced to follow-on after lunch, having been dismissed for 267, and suffered an innings and 39-run defeat.
Smith started his collection by removing James Smith and Cameron Borgas to short balls, but grew in confidence as he had Mark Cosgrove lbw playing back to a low delivery. Tim Ludeman went in similar fashion, Aaron O'Brien inside-edged to short leg and Daniel Christian pushed forward to gain a nick behind. The game finished when Smith had Peter George taken by Peter Nevill, with the final eight wickets dropping for 60 runs.
Cosgrove had kept South Australia afloat for much of the day with a brisk 105, which included 76 runs in boundaries. James Smith, who registered 79, put on 167 with Cosgrove as they tried to reach the 283 needed to make New South Wales bat again. While the Redbacks have qualified for the Champions League Twenty20, they finished last in the Shield, while New South Wales ended up in third.
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