Lehmann ensures South Australia earn draw

Jake Lehmann swats one away Getty Images

South Australia 380 & 6 for 239 (Lehmann 67, O'Keefe 4-88) drew with New South Wales 8 for 541 dec (Hughes 134, Larkin 109, Henriques 99)

Steve O'Keefe bagged four wickets and Jake Lehmann made a half-century as New South Wales and South Australia played out a tame draw on a very flat surface at the SCG.

South Australia began the day 143 runs behind the Blues with only two results really possible. They batted sensibly and conservatively to ensure a loss was taken out of the equation.

The Redbacks top five all faced a minimum of 71 balls with no player scoring less than 22. The opening pair put on 47 before O'Keefe claimed his first of the day with Conor McInerney given out caught at bat pad.

Jake Weatherald sliced a ball to backward point for 36 before Kelvin Smith chopped on to one that kept low for 22.

Callum Ferguson was claimed by a superb catch from Moises Henriques at silly mid-off, scooping a ball one-handed that would have landed on the cut strip.

Lehmann held his nerve throughout to reach his second half-century of the match and pass fifty for the fifth time this Sheffield Shield season. He was one of only two players not to fall to O'Keefe with debutant Greg West claiming both Lehmann and Tom Cooper late in the day. The game was called off with South Australia six down and 78 runs ahead.

South Aust 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st47J WeatheraldCJ McInerney
2nd40KR SmithJ Weatherald
3rd13JS LehmannKR Smith
4th102CJ FergusonJS Lehmann
5th11TLW CooperJS Lehmann
6th9TLW CooperAT Carey
7th17AT CareyNP Winter