South Australia moves to 2nd spot after beating Queensland

Published: Monday, January 28, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Brisbane: South Australia moved into second place in Australia's Sheffield Shield competition after thrashing Champions Queensland by nine wickets at the Gabba on Monday.

South Australia (SA) won with five overs to spare on the final day after all-rounder and man-of-the-match Mike Smith (seven for 98) ripped through the Queensland batsmen with career-best figures. Left 50 runs to win from 15 overs, South Australia reached 51 for one in the 10th over. The victory was set up by Smith, who claimed 4-0 in his final spell as Queensland crashed for 370 in its second innings, spoiling the outstanding work of opener Jimmy Maher, who scored 209 - his highest first-class score in Australia. The victory takes SA to 20 points on the Shield standings, just two behind Queensland. Queensland has crashed to two consecutive losses leaving doubts over its ability to defend the domestic cricket championship.

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