Victoria v Western Australia, Pura Cup, Melbourne, 3rd day March 12, 2006

Victoria set to chase 361

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Victoria 206 and 0 for 43 need a further 318 runs to beat Western Australia 225 and 341 (Rogers 66, North 63)
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Marcus North scored a fine half-century to extend the Warriors' lead © Getty Images

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.