Thatscricket - News - South Australia fightback against Victoria

Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 21:13 [IST]
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Melbourne:South Australia ground its way back from a substantial first-innings deficit when rain cut play short on the third day of their Sheffield Shield cricket match with Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.

With just 37 overs possible on Tuesday, South Australia held a 16-run lead at 122 for two in their second innings. They had made 225 in their first innings prior to Victoria's knock of 331 for eight-declared.

Ben Cameron, playing in his first state game, was not out 58 and South Australian captain Darren Lehmann was yet to score at the close of play. Cameron and opening partner Shane Deitz took South Australia through to 100 for no loss at lunch.

But the 30 minutes of play after lunch proved cruel for South Australia who lost Deitz on 48 when he was run-out after edging a Cameron White delivery into his pads and sprinting down the wicket. But the ball rolled to Victorian wicketkeeper Darren Berry, who had the bails off in a flash.

Greg Blewett, who made eight was also unlucky, as he batted through steady rain and was then given out leg-before to White despite playing well forward to a skidding delivery which looked like it might have spun and missed leg-stump. Immediately after the decision, play was stopped for the day.

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