South Australia v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide March 8, 2013

Botha gives SA first-innings lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 248 (Ferguson 63, Brown 55, Hogan 5-40) lead Western Australia 235 (M Hussey 99*, Botha 5-59) by 13 runs

Michael Hussey was denied a century as South Australia squeaked to first innings points over Western Australia on a tense day two of the Sheffield Shield match at the Adelaide Oval.

John Botha's five wickets had put SA on the path to a comfortable lead as the visitors subsided to 9 for 166, but Hussey and Michael Hogan added a stubborn 69 to take WA to the outskirts of the lead.

However, Chadd Sayers coaxed Hogan to drag an expansive drive onto his stumps in the final over of the day, consigning Hussey to an unbeaten 99 and the Warriors to a 13-run deficit. SA can go top of the table with an outright win.

Hogan had earlier claimed his own five-wicket return as SA's tail was quickly accounted for in the morning.

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