Victoria 1 for 7 & 223 trail South Australia 6 for 289 dec (Blewett 89, Cosgrove 57) & 254 by 313 runs
South Australia's baby Redbacks shared the honours with the Pura Cup champions to set up a classic showdown with Victoria at the Adelaide Oval tomorrow. After losing their way in the middle order, South Australia, who have four debutants, finished with a flourish to set the Bushrangers 321 to win.
Resuming at 1 for 21, the Redbacks found the early stages a struggle and even the former Test opener Blewett failed to break open Victoria's conservative approach. Blewett's pedestrian 89, including the slowest half century by a South Australian, set the tone for much of the day. Brighter spots were the 46 from the newcomer Callum Ferguson and an unbeaten 47 from fellow debutant Jack Smith. The rising star Mark Cosgrove also clubbed 57, including 11 boundaries to back up from his 82 in the first innings.
The Victorians shared the wickets around with Michael Lewis the best with 2 for 48, while the wicketkeeper Peter Roach had a tidy day behind the stumps with three catches. Victoria began their run-chase with a stutter, losing the opener Matthew Elliott to be 1 for 7 at the close.