South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 4th day March 3, 2012

Klinger double-ton denies Tasmania

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 126 and 2 for 421 (Klinger 219*, Stray 90, Head 90) drew with Tasmania 399

Michael Klinger scored his third first-class double-century as South Australia played out a draw with Tasmania at Adelaide Oval. The Redbacks batted through the fourth day for the loss of only two wickets to ensure the Tigers only took two points from the match, which means they will need at least first-innings points in their next game to have any chance of making the final.

South Australia began the fourth day on 0 for 103 and they finished at 2 for 421, with Klinger unbeaten on 219. Just as importantly for a South Australia side that will almost certainly finish last this summer, there were encouraging signs from two of their young batsmen, Tom Stray and Travis Head, who each scored 90.

Stray must have felt the pressure building leading in to this game, for he had played five first-class matches as a specialist batsman with a top score of 29. But he was the only man to score a half-century for the Redbacks in the first innings and followed it with an even better performance, although he missed the chance for a century when he was lbw to Jackson Bird.

Head, 18, has made a promising start to his first-class career, having scored 57 in his second game and nearly reaching triple-figures in this, his third. He was caught off the bowling of Jason Krejza, who finished with 1 for 139 from 50 overs.