Adelaide: New South Wales (NSW) was within two wickets of innings points to have South Australia on the rack in its Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
In reply to NSW's first innings 474 for six declared, South Australia was in deep trouble at 219 for eight after the second day, trailing by 255 on the first innings with two wickets on hand. A 93-run eighth-wicket stand between Shane Deitz and John Davison saved South Australia from being dismissed inside two sessions. Earlier, former Test opener Michael Slater built on his overnight score of 111 to top-score with 177 in the NSW first innings. He put on a sixth-wicket stand of 148 with Brad Haddin in opening session, before being bowled by medium-pacer Ben Johnson on the last ball before lunch, prompting the NSW declaration. Haddin finished unbeaten on 78, in just 98 balls, with 11 boundaries and a six. South Australia skipper Darren Lehmann did little to help his prospects of Test selection, being dropped twice before being caught in the gully off Nathan Bracken's bowling for 45.
Slater, Clarke slam centuries to put NSW in command