White lifts Victoria's spirits

Victoria 343 (Elliott 111) and 1 for 13 v South Australia 262

Victoria helped themselves to an 81-run first-innings lead over South Australia, thanks to their legspinner, Cameron White, who took four wickets on the second day of their Pura Cup match at Adelaide. White's efforts secured two first-innings points, to push Victoria six points clear at the top of the table.

Sixteen wickets fell in the day, and by stumps, Victoria were 1 for 13 in their second innings - Matthew Mott falling lbw to Shaun Tait for 6. Despite dominating the morning's play, all ten South Australian wickets had fallen in the final two sessions.

Victoria had resumed their first innings on 5 for 310, but lost their last five wickets for 33 in less than an hour's play. Paul Rofe was SA's destroyer, taking 7 for 66, his best figures of the season. It completed a major collapse for Victoria, who had been 2 for 269 late on the first day's play, but lost 8 for 74 in 23.1 overs when the new ball was taken.

South Australia's openers Shane Deitz (46) and David Fitzgerald (47) then came out and scored freely in an 83-run stand, before both men fell to the left-armer Allan Wise. White was introduced to the attack in the 50th over, with the score on 4 for 174, and duly ran through the SA middle and lower order. His victims included SA's captain Darren Lehmann, who was caught at backward point for 38.

John Davison (28) smashed three sixes over midwicket to boost the SA score late in the innings, two in consecutive balls off Jonathan Moss's only over. But White bowled him soon afterwards, as he attempted another big swipe. The top nine SA batsmen all reached double figures, but none of them went on to make a half-century.