Rogers century lifts Victoria
Victoria 8 for 238 (Rogers 115, Dorey 5-65) trail Western Australia 239 (North 103, Pattinson 3-43, Wright 3-51) by 1 run
Driven by Chris Rogers, playing his first match against his former state, Victoria made a decent reply to Western Australia's 239, ending day two at the WACA just one run behind. There was not much support for Rogers, however, with only Cameron White making 47 in the face of another impressive outing from five-wicket man Brett Dorey. Rogers' dismissal for 115, including 19 fours and three sixes, was followed by Victoria losing five wickets for 27 runs.
Rain had interrupted Victoria's innings at 2 for 63, with with Rogers on 34 and David Hussey on 8. Hussey failed to add to his score on the resumption when he became Dorey's third wicket, but White helped add 122 with Rogers. Rogers progressed to his 30th first-class century before he edged Steve Magoffin to Luke Ronchi.
That wicket sparked Western Australia back to life. Andrew McDonald lasted just two balls against Magoffin, and Dorey removed White and Damien Wright off successive deliveries in the 48th over to further check Victoria's progress. Arron Crawford chipped in with the wicket of James Pattinson to make it 8 for 215. An unbeaten 23-run partnership between Matthew Wade and Peter Siddle took Victoria to within two runs of first-innings points at stumps.
Before the rain arrived, Dorey had made both breakthroughs for the Warriors. He picked up the opener Nick Jewell in the sixth over for 2 and added Rob Quiney (5), who had been promoted to No. 3 after Brad Hodge was a late withdrawal due to a lower back complaint.
Victoria had taken only 6.4 overs to wrap up the Western Australian innings - Wright collected both the morning's wickets and finished with 3 for 51. It was a considerably less dramatic day than the first day, when Victoria's Dirk Nannes was ordered out of the attack for bowling high full tosses.