Cosgrove, Ferguson lead SA counterattack

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Centuries of Mark Cosgrove and Callum Ferguson took a strong batting performance of South Australia, who beat in front of Queensland despite conceding a first innings lead.

Queensland, who started the day at 8 354, added another 36 runs before the last two wickets of Ben Court and Cameron Boyce picked up promptly within 11 overs of the day. However, his exploits on the second day meant that Queensland still had a healthy lead of 160 runs in the hand.

South Australia looked to be heading into more trouble when your starter Kelvin Smith was dismissed early in the second excavation, but Cosgrove and Ferguson joined hands in a second wicket partnership that produced 156 runs. Cosgrove was eventually dismissed for 103 after hitting 13 fours, but Ferguson continued, with an added 99 runs with Tom Cooper.

13 tons of first class Ferguson, 196-ball 107, had eight fours, and through him could not see the day, fifty Cooper (54) and Travis Head (53 *) meant South Australia led by 197 runs when stumps were drawn, with six wickets in hand still entering the final day.

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