O'Keefe hurts Redbacks in follow-on
South Australia 255 (Blizzard 96, Henriques 4-53) & 7 for 176 (Smith 63, O'Keefe 4-39) trail New South Wales 6 for 529 dec by 98 runs
Steve O'Keefe pushed South Australia to the verge of defeat with four wickets - and seven for the day - as they slumped in their follow-on. New South Wales dismissed their opponents for 255 in the second session before the hosts cruised during an 82-run opening stand, but they quickly lost five for 11.
At stumps they were 7 for 176 and need another 98 to make the Blues bat again. O'Keefe, the left-arm spinner who was with the Test squad in England during the winter, finished with 4 for 39 to follow his first-innings 3 for 25.
He removed James Smith to a catch behind for 63 after the opener started well with Dan Harris (20), and followed up by removing Aiden Blizzard first ball. Cameron Borgas (13) and Daniel Christian (13) also fell to O'Keefe while Trent Copeland removed Michael Klinger and Graham Manou cheaply.
Blizzard, playing his first Sheffield Shield game since moving from Victoria, had been the mainstay of the hosts' first bat with 96 before he was caught behind off Copeland. Copeland finished with 3 for 78 while Moises Henriques, who did some damage on the second afternoon, collected 4 for 53.