Last week’s hero Nick Winter looked lethal again early, taking three wickets inside the first sixteen overs to have New South Wales on the back foot early as they struggled to counter the young quick’s swing in-swinger.
However a steadying stand from Gauci and Gibson saw New South Wales resist a total collapse as they steadily rebuilt their side’s innings; the pair putting on 109 runs for the fourth wicket to drag the visitors back into the contest.
But after lunch it was debutant all-rounder Ben Pengelley who made the breakthrough, finding the edge of Gauci’s bat to break the partnership and give the promising youngster his first scalp in Futures cricket.
Port Adelaide quick Nick Benton then chimed in to remove the danger man in Carters for 80, before off-spinner Michael Cormack and quick Elliot Opie cleaned up the tail with two wickets apiece to see the visitors all out with half an hour left to play.
Coming off the back of consecutive hundreds in his previous match, it was Dalton who was sent out to open alongside Kelvin Smith – the pair managing to survive the tricky twilight period to leave South Australia 0/20 at stumps, trailing by 240.
Play will resume tomorrow at Gliderol Stadium from 10.30am.