Pura Cup 2003-04 December 8, 2003

WA hold all the aces

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Close Day 2 Western Australia 437 (Hussey 138, Goodwin 72, North 90, Denton 4-94) lead Tasmania 216 for 6 (Mason 52) by 221 runs

Western Australia remained in control at the end of the second day of their Pura Cup match at the WACA, after taking six Tasmanian wickets during the day to finish with a lead of 221. In fact 13 wickets fell all told, as WA slid from 351 for 3 overnight to be all out for 437 - the last seven wickets added only 68.

Marcus North took his overnight 70 to 90, with 13 fours, before he became one of four victioms for Tasmania's Queensland-born seamer Gerard Denton. After that only Brad Hogg (21) reached double figures as WA subsided. There were seven catches in all for Sean Clingeleffer, the Tasmanian wicketkeeper.

Brad Williams, steamed up after being left out of the Brisbane Test, steamed in for WA, but it was his new-ball partner Callum thorp who reaped the rewards. He started Tasmania's slide by bowling Jamie Cox for 25, and later dismissed Shane Watson and Michael Dighton as well. By the end of the day Thorp had 3 for 39 while Williams - who induced the top-scorer Scott Mason to tread on his stumps for 52, trying a pull, and also dismissed Michael Di Venuto for 4 - had 2 for 75 from 16 costly overs.

Dan Marsh, Tasmania's captain, fell to Hogg's left-arm assortments, which made it 163 for 6, but Clingeleffer (15 not out) and Damien Wright (38 not out from only 45 balls) survived till the close to give Tasmania some hope for the morning.