Redbacks eye first Shield win of season

Tom Cooper (L) and Alex Carey are nearing centuries in South Australia's SCG Shield clash with NSW.
Tom Cooper (L) and Alex Carey are nearing centuries in South Australia's SCG Shield clash with NSW.

A frustrated South Australia say the time for talking is over and it's time to parlay their potential into Sheffield Shield points.

The Redbacks will resume day two of the clash with NSW at the SCG well poised at 5-315 with Tom Cooper (87no) and Alex Carey (66no) closing in on centuries.

On a wicket not offering much for the bowlers, the Redbacks have a chance to press their advantage on Saturday and take a giant step towards their first victory of the season.

After three draws and losses to Tasmania and Western Australia, the Redbacks are wallowing at the bottom of the table.

However they haven't been without their chances this year after taking first-innings leads in three of those games.

"It's been very frustrating," Cooper said.

"We've played patches of really good cricket but we've probably let ourselves down in crucial stages of games.

"We had a few good draws and we sort of drove those games. And we've had our chances in the last couple where we've been on the losing side.

"The way the season's gone, we're only a couple of wins away from getting ourselves right back in it."

The match shapes as crucial to their hopes heading into the mid-season Big Bash break.

But even with their noses in front against the Blues, middle-order batsman Cooper couldn't help but feel they missed a trick on day one.

Jake Weatherald (59) and Jake Lehmann (57) also made starts but couldn't go on with the job.

Conor McInerney (25) and Kelvin Smith (0) were both guilty of playing loose shots as they edged debutant Greg West to keeper Peter Nevill.

And Cooper lamented a few avoidable dismissals.

"If you look through the card, most blokes got a start and then there were a few bizarre dismissals, which never helps," Cooper said.

"We had an opportunity to put our foot on the throat and make a really imposing first-innings total.

"I guess we're still in that position. We need things to go our way in the morning."

Australian Associated Press