South Australia v WA, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 4th day October 28, 2011

Final Redbacks pair clings on for draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 225 and 9 for 119 (Klinger 38, Coulter-Nile 4-46) drew with Western Australia 335 and 7 for 242 dec

South Australia's last pair, Cullen Bailey and Peter George, survived for 22 overs to avoid defeat at Adelaide Oval, where rain and that final stand thwarted Western Australia. The Warriors began the day with victory theirs for the taking: they led by 329 runs and the Redbacks were wobbling at 3 for 23.

However, wet weather washed out 35 overs, which proved to be costly for the visitors. Nathan Coulter-Nile collected 4 for 46, while Michael Beer and Michael Hogan each picked up two wickets in an over to leave South Australia in major trouble at 9 for 106.

At that point, the Redbacks had lost 5 for 28 in 12 overs, which left George and Bailey with a major task to see out the rest of the afternoon. In the final 22 overs they scored only 13 runs - the last 10 overs were maidens - and Bailey finished unbeaten on 19 from 109 balls with George on 5 from 60 deliveries as Marcus North rotated his bowlers to no avail.

The Warriors took first-innings points from the match and sit second on the Sheffield Shield table, having won their opening game. The Redbacks are still searching for their first win.

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  • Randolph on October 29, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Come on South Aussies! Great start to the season!

  • Andrew on October 28, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    Good quality match - WA with the upperhand, Sth Ozzys holding on. Coulter-Nile has to have put his name in front of the selection panel. Putland & George have had a great start to the season! With Herrick, Cutting, Coulter-Nile & George bowling so well, our stocks look very good!

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Great match by Putland - bowling superbly. Looks fit and strong. The other bowlers did quite well, but the batting after Lunch Day 2 was ordinary.

  • Daniel on October 28, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Some eerie similarities to the 1995-96 Sheffield Shield final with the last Redback pair hanging on for a draw against Western Australia. Even though they lost on first innings, being able to stave off defeat is a good sign for South Australia.

  • Stuart on October 28, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Shades of SA's 1996 shield win with the last pair heroically blocking out many overs to draw. Still things to work on in Adelaide but excellent spirit now which seemed to have been lacking for several years; full credit to players and current coaches. WA bowling well; WA's batsmen are setting formidable tasks for their opponents in 4 day games but trying to bat like millionaires in the 50 over matches.

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