South Australia v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 3rd day

Cooper, Botha give South Australia edge

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 5, 2014

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South Australia 288 and 5 for 232 (Cooper 89, Raphael 55) lead New South Wales 292 (Patterson 81, Botha 4-70) by 228 runs
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Tom Cooper struck seven fours and four sixes during his 89, South Australia v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 3rd day, March 5, 2014
Tom Cooper struck seven fours and four sixes during his 89 © Getty Images
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A four-wicket haul from Johan Botha, followed by fifties from Sam Raphael and Tom Cooper left South Australia firmly on top against New South Wales going into the last day at the Adelaide Oval.

New South Wales, who began the day at 230 for 5, could only add 62 to that score as Botha and Kane Richardson ran through New South Wales' tail to bundle them out in 23 overs. Peter Nevill scored 71, but received little support from the other end, as Botha (4 for 70) and Richardson (3 for 61) restricted New South Wales' lead to just four runs.

South Australia lost Michael Klinger and Andrew McDonald early in the second innings, but Cooper put up big stands with Raphael and Callum Ferguson to help his team wrest back the advantage. Raphael fell for 55 having struck nine fours, while Cooper hit seven fours and four sixes during his 89. Steve O'Keefe picked up the wickets of both batsmen, and Doug Bollinger added another late blow by dismissing Richardson for a duck, but Ferguson remained unbeaten on 44 to take South Australia's lead to 228.

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Posted by Kernas on (March 6, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

Wth WA being flogged, I reckon SA will play for a draw or bat NSW well and truly out of the game. NSW have had some massive collapses so SA may win even if they don't try.

Posted by Chris_P on (March 5, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

South Australia firmly on top even though they have lost the first innings & lead by only 228 coming into the final day? Firmly on top?

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