Thatscricket - News - Blewett century gets South Australia to good start
Published: Monday, February 19, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Adelaide: A century by deposed Test opener Greg Blewett drove South Australia into a comfortable position on the opening day of their Sheffield Shield cricket match against Victoria at Adelaide Oval on Monday. At the close, South Australia was 261 for four with Jeff Vaughan unbeaten on 15 and Chris Davies not out 21.With the searing heat, the SA batsmen toiled hard against a disciplined Victorian attack with Blewett battling for four hours on his way to 117 from 228 deliveries, including 15 fours. In Brisbane, Ashes tour hopeful Simon Katich did his usual hatchet job on Queensland but he wasn't able to save Western Australia from a probable slide to defeat at the Gabba.Katich propped up WA with a fine century but his innings - and the hopes of the visitors - were battered when Andrew Symonds took a freakish catch to thwart the revival.vWA went to stumps on the second day at 253 for seven in their second innings - leading Queensland by 113 runs - after a handy unbeaten stand of 51 between Mark Walsh (28) and Matthew Nicholson (27). The score line would have been worse if not for Katich (101), who began his rescue mission when WA were wallowing at 12 for two, unhappy that opener Mike Hussey had been given out caught behind from the first ball of the innings.But Katich took charge with a series of punishing square boundaries and cracking drives to reach his fourth century against Queensland, enhancing his glowing reputation in Australian cricket circles.