South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 2nd day March 11, 2011

Putland puts South Australia on top

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 294 (Manou 82, Maher 3-40, Faulkner 3-59) and 5 for 61 (Maher 3-14) lead Tasmania 124 (Putland 5-28) by 231 runs

Tasmania have so far failed to lock in a Sheffield Shield home final after Gary Putland's maiden five-wicket haul put South Australia on top at the Adelaide Oval. Any points from this match would be enough for the Tigers to confirm their hosting duties in the decider against New South Wales, but they face an uphill battle after conceding a big first-innings deficit.

Tasmania will still host the final if New South Wales fail to win their match against Western Australia, but the Tigers have so far missed the chance to create their own fate. Putland finished with 5 for 28 as Tasmania were skittled for 124, with Mark Cosgrove (29) at his former home ground the top scorer in a lacklustre Tasmanian effort.

However, in reply South Australia found their second innings tough going and at stumps were 5 for 61, with Cullen Bailey on 9 and Chadd Sayers on 10. Adam Maher (3 for 14) and Ben Hilfenhaus (2 for 25) made life difficult for the South Australia top order, although the Redbacks still had a lead of 231 thanks to their strong first innings.

They began the day six wickets down and added 39 to their overnight total, with Graham Manou (82) missing the chance for a century. Maher and James Faulkner each picked up three wickets for the Tigers, who are guaranteed of a place in the Sheffield Shield final, and regardless of the result the Redbacks will finish the summer on the bottom of the table.