WA v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 3rd day March 18, 2017

Cartwright's 170 gives Western Australia hope

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New South Wales 309 (Cowan 69, Hughes 69, Henriques 50, Behrendorff 4-70) and 1 for 6 need another 397 runs to beat Western Australia 9 for 436 dec and 4 for 275 dec (Cartwright 170*, Copeland 3-72)

File photo - Hilton Cartwright smashed his highest first-class score © Getty Images

Hilton Cartwright plundered an unbeaten 170 at nearly a run a ball to give Western Australia a fighting chance of jumping from fifth place on the Sheffield Shield table into the final against Victoria.

Cartwright's innings was key to the Warriors setting New South Wales a hefty target of 403 at the WACA in what is a must-win game for both sides. By stumps, the Blues had already lost Nic Maddinson, who was bowled by David Moody for 4, and after only two overs of their innings New South Wales were 1 for 6.

The day started with New South Wales at 5 for 242 in their first innings, but they lost their final five wickets for 67 runs and were dismissed for 309, with Jason Behrendorff collecting 4 for 70. That left the Warriors with a 127-run first-innings advantage, but they needed to use their second innings to set up a result in order to have any chance of reaching the tournament decider.

Trent Copeland claimed both openers cheaply, but Cartwright then set about producing his highest first-class score to lift Western Australia to 4 for 275 before Adam Voges made the declaration. Cartwright struck 16 fours and five sixes in his 173-ball innings and by the day's close he was second on the Shield run tally for this season, with 861 at 53.81, behind only Ed Cowan.

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  • cornel0115175 on March 19, 2017, 8:48 GMT

    Yeah the treatment of Cartwright is mind boggling. The selectors made a huge stuff up there. I wonder if they will explain their actions to the cricketing public?

  • Cameron on March 19, 2017, 1:53 GMT

    Has possibly pushed to the head of the queue for the batsmen next in line. Patterson, Head and a few others haven't really pushed on. His bowling is an added bonus. If we have a guy in the top 6 who legitimately holds their spot as a batsmen and can give you 10 overs for not too many in a day that is far better than a guy at 6 who averages mid 20's with the bat but low 30's with the ball. Be good to see him get some County experience this winter if he can. The test match should allow him to do that.

  • Peter on March 18, 2017, 23:51 GMT

    I got to admit, although his bowling didn't flatter, I couldn't see anything wrong with his batting at the SCG so why was he dropped for a guy who had zero form? He has really turned his season around after a slow start, still a contender for a start in the team against England & we need guys pushing our players for positions. Well done to him.

  • Dean on March 18, 2017, 12:56 GMT

    Congratulations to the young fella for pushing his case with the power of runs. In he and Wildermuth, Australia has two players with genuine all-round potential at test level. Surely now the misguided fascination with Marsh MR can be written off as a well-intentioned but ultimately failed experiment? Maxwell has proven that given 21 opportunities at Test level, any of the three will far exceed the mediocre efforts of their predecessor.

  • Jonathan on March 18, 2017, 12:07 GMT

    Everything going right for WA in this match, quite an amazing knock from Hilton, I wonder if they've made enough bonus points in this match to leapfrog into 2nd, assuming they win? They'll be hoping Tasmania can stonewall the redbacks and they can find another 9 poles themselves, great last day of the season coming up tomorrow!

    Cartwright is certainly going to get more opportunities at test level if he keeps performing like this and it's very interesting how he and Maddinson have performed since their respective runs in the test side.

  • Desmond on March 18, 2017, 12:06 GMT

    Give Cartwright more opportunities to bowl. He could become Australia's equivalent of Jacques Kallis. Team:Warner, Renshaw, Cartwright, Smith Handscomb, Maxwell, Wade, Starc, Cummins,Lyon/Okeefe and Hazelwood.

  • masrta7371949 on March 18, 2017, 11:37 GMT

    How Cartwright isn't in India, instead of Mitch Marsh originally and now Stoinis, is baffling.

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