South Australia build on 87-run lead

South Australia 298 and 1 for 64 (Raphael 24*, Weatherald 23) lead New South Wales 211 (Carters 54, Nair 37, Worrall 4-48, Mennie 4-52) by 151 runs

Joe Mennie’s four-wicket haul helped set up South Australia’s victory push © Getty Images

South Australia forged a strong position from which to push for victory over New South Wales after two days of the Sheffield Shield match at Coffs Harbour.

The South Australia bowling attack worked diligently together to restrict NSW to 211 in reply to 298, before Sam Raphael and Mark Cosgrove guided the visitors to 1 for 64 at stumps, a lead of 151 on a pitch that has assisted bowlers.

From the moment the nightwatchman Gurinder Sandhu was bowled by Daniel Worrall, the NSW batsmen were never allowed to gain a foothold.

Worrall and Joe Mennie shared eight wickets between them, while the left-arm spinner Tom Andrews gained useful turn at times while plucking the wickets of Kurtis Patterson and Nic Maddinson.

At 8 for 119 the Blues were staring an enormous deficit in the face, but a patient late rearguard by Ryan Carters and the debutant Arjun Nair allowed them to scramble past 200.

SA lost Jake Weatherald after a rapid start, but Cosgrove and Raphael ensured they were the happier side at the close.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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