WA v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 1st day March 16, 2017

Bancroft ton gives Western Australia hope

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Western Australia 5 for 360 (Bancroft 104, Turner 84, Cartwright 70) v New South Wales Scorecard

File photo - Cameron Bancroft scored 104 for Western Australia © Getty Images

Cameron Bancroft scored his second century of the Sheffield Shield season as Western Australia piled on the runs on the first day of their match against New South Wales at the WACA. The Warriors began this round fifth on the Shield table but could still reach the final if they win outright and other results fall their way, while the Blues entered the game sitting second.

Western Australia's top order made plenty of runs between them. Hilton Cartwright at No.3 scored 70 before he was caught behind off Doug Bollinger, which then left Bancroft and Ashton Turner to put on 139 for the third wicket.

Turner missed out on the chance to bring up his third hundred of the Shield summer when he fell to the spin of William Somerville for 84, but by that stage Bancroft had already brought up his and fallen for 104. The retiring Adam Voges finished unbeaten on 48 with wicketkeeper Josh Inglis on 35 as the Warriors moved to 5 for 360.

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  • Jono_M on March 17, 2017, 6:47 GMT

    @Rowayton, that may well be true! Though for Lehmann and Turner I hope not!

  • Chris_P on March 17, 2017, 2:27 GMT

    I am beginning to like this Turner more & more. He, like Bancroft & Patterson need to convert these good starts to put pressure on our test line-up. Tough going for the Blues though although the other 2 games are falling our way.

  • Rowayton on March 17, 2017, 0:52 GMT

    Jono, I've said this before, but it's still true. I think anybody looking for a spot from 3 to 6 in the Australian test team should be batting at 3 or 4 for their state. Good on WA for giving Cartwright the responsibility.

  • PrasPunter on March 16, 2017, 20:55 GMT

    @keepCalm, that's right - can't take the Marsh brothers anymore. There are a lot of good options and surprised to see how these guys get picked. Head, Bancroft etc just to name a few. Matter of time before Head is handed his test cap.

  • Jono_M on March 16, 2017, 14:09 GMT

    @Keepcalm, I think Cartwright batting up the order has more to do with the poor form of Klinger and the absence of Shaun Marsh, as well as Voges for a good while, they probably needed one of their young tyros in the middle order to step up. Hilton has had a good finish to the season, certainly strong enough to suggest that his performances from last year were not some sort of rookie honeymoon, with his average now climbing back up to 46 he certainly will be in contention again soon if no-one else locks down the no.6 spot in the meantime, though Maxi has certainly made a great fist of it today.

  • cricfan90009013 on March 16, 2017, 14:08 GMT

    Cartwright is more a batsman first, bowler second. More in the mould of a steve waugh than a shane watson, if that makes sense.

  • keepcalmandslaptheumpire on March 16, 2017, 11:31 GMT

    So is Cartwright trying to become an out and out batsman? Just saying since he got picked for Aus as an "allrounder" he has batted at number 3. It's good if he can bat well at 3 but he should work on his pace bowling still. As far as I'm concerned though, all that matters is M. Marsh isn't playing for any team as he's a burden anywhere. Even Beau Webster, a guy in his second FC season has more centuries than M. Marsh

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