Victoria set to chase 361
Western Australia were in control at the end of the third day at St Kilda and have a chance of sealing a berth in the Pura Cup final. However, Victoria, set a stiff target of 361, began their chase confidently, ending on 0 for 43.
Building on their slender first-innings lead of 21, the Warriors were well placed through the day thanks to half-centuries by Chris Rogers and Marcus North. Rogers played positively for his 66, hitting eight boundaries before edging to Nathan Pillon, the wicketkeeper, off Shane Harwood. His dismissal ended a 110-run partnership with Shaun Marsh (37) and North and Adam Voges followed by adding 91 for the fourth wicket. North made up for his first-innings duck with a fluent 63 that gave Western Australia the advantage.
After North's dismissal, with the score on 5 for 232, a spirited display by the lower order took the initiative further away from the Bushrangers. Brett Dorey, following his six-wicket haul in the first innings, scored 36, as the last three batsmen added 65 and pushed the lead past 350. Harwood, who was recently recommended by his team-mate Shane Warne for a place in the national side, was the pick of the Victoria bowlers, taking 3 for 45.
Lloyd Mash and Jason Arnberger, the Victoria openers, played out 15 overs without losing a wicket, and they need a further 318 on the final day if they are to qualify for the final against Queensland.