South Australia v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 3rd day November 24, 2013

Tasmania, SA share honours on run-filled day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 291 and 1 for 141 (Silk 70*, Cowan 66*) lead South Australia 397 (Head 98, Doherty 5-96) by 35 runs

Jordan Silk and Ed Cowan struck their second successive fifties in the game to give Tasmania a 35-run lead after left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty's five-for restricted South Australia to 397.

South Australia began the day at a solid 191 for 4 and consolidated with half-centuries from captain Johan Botha and wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman. Botha and Ludeman added 60 runs for the seventh wicket after the former's 54-run stand with Callum Ferguson was broken by Luke Butterworth.

After Botha fell for 65, the middle and lower order added useful partnerships that pushed South Australia into the lead. Kane Richardson, batting at No. 9, added 62 runs with Ludeman with a quick 29-ball 49, but became Doherty's third victim as the left-arm spinner cleaned up the South Australia tail to finish with figures of 5 for 96.

Tasmania's second innings had a poor start, as they lost opener Mark Cosgrove in the third over. That was the only success South Australia would enjoy for the day, however, as Silk and Cowan added an unbeaten 139 for the second wicket. Silk finished the day at 70 off 148 with eight fours and a six, while Cowan was 66 not out off 110 balls with ten fours.

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  • James on November 25, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    @DylanBrah: I agree, he needs to start getting "Daddy hundreds" as they say haha. But he is a good young player, so is Travis Head but he has nervous 90's disease, 3 or four ninties this season!?

  • Dylan on November 25, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Congratulations to Silk on another century... unfortunately he seems to get out soon after, which is something he can work on. @Big_Maxy_Walker - hopefully Doherty is dropped from the ODI team and Lyon can be given an extended run. Xavier has been given too many chances.

  • Eddie on November 25, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Congrats to Silk. Another season or two of consistent runs at shield level and I would bring him into the test team, maybe when Rogers retires/is dropped. Doherty is having an improved campaign but he has proven to be toothless at test and ODI level, plus has a horrendous first class record. O'Keefe outdoes him in every capacity as the 2nd Aussie spinner after Lyon

  • Peter on November 24, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Well done to Silk who continues his improvement in the long form. Agree with Rahul in that a season or 2 in country cricket will be a great benefit to him. There is no need to rush him up the next level yet. Kudos to Doherty for his efforts as well.

  • Andrew on November 24, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Well done Doherty - I have bagged his FC credentials in the past - he is having a very good Shield campaign. == == == Silk must go on any A-tours on offer.

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Impressed by Young Silk :) Hope he gets to his 4th FC ton in just his 9th FC game tomorrow .. The best part about him is that he is willing to grind it out and convert most of his starts into big scores ! He should be a part of the national setup in a couple of years provided he continues this development ... Would be better for him to spend a season or two in county cricket instead of the slam bang t20 leagues

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