Western Australia v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, Perth February 7, 2015

Cosgrove, Ferguson guide South Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 0 for 18 trail South Australia 328 (Cosgrove 89, Ferguson 81) by 310 runs
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Callum Ferguson continued his productive season with 81 © Getty Images and Cricket Australia

Mark Cosgrove and Callum Ferguson both fell short of hundreds but ensured a solid batting display from South Australia on the first day of their Sheffield Shield match in Perth. The Redbacks made 328 and at the close of play Western Australia had reached 0 for 18, with openers Cameron Bancroft (2 not out) and Marcus Harris (15 not out) still at the crease and the deficit at 310 runs.

In his first match as South Australia's new captain, Travis Head chose to bat and the Redbacks made a strong start before Kelvin Smith departed for 30. Cosgrove and Ferguson then put on 87 for the second wicket but a cunning plan from Western Australia captain Adam Voges ended the partnership, when he snared Cosgrove caught at leg slip off Ryan Duffield for 89.

Duffield was warned twice for running down the middle of the pitch but he picked up the two key breakthroughs, also removing Ferguson for 81. Nathan Rimmington, Michael Hogan and Voges each picked up two wickets as the rest of the South Australian order struggled to capitalise on the strong start, with Tim Ludeman's 36 the third highest score.

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