Western Australia v New South Wales, Pura Cup, Perth, 2nd day October 15, 2007

Cameron crashes Warriors' party

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 267 (Nicholson 106*, Edmondson 4-84) and 1 for 145 (Jaques 71*, Cowan 56) lead Western Australia 99 (Cameron 5-33, Bollinger 3-33) by 313 runs

Matthew Nicholson began the day with his third first-class century © Getty Images

Mark Cameron claimed five wickets as Western Australia capitulated for 99 before Phil Jaques extended New South Wales' lead to 313 on a disastrous day for the Warriors. Jaques was on 71 at stumps and built on the good work of Matthew Nicholson, who in the first session scored his third first-class century to push the Blues up to 267.

The major debacle for the home side came when they crashed to 6 for 38 at lunch. In his fourth Pura Cup match Cameron was the destroyer with a career-best 5 for 33, and all of those wickets came in the morning session. His list of victims was impressive: Justin Langer was caught at slip, Chris Rogers top-edged a pull, Adam Voges and Luke Pomersbach were bowled and Luke Ronchi was caught.

Doug Bollinger chipped in with 3 for 33 and Nicholson snared two as Western Australia's lower order - led by Steve Magoffin with 27 not out - nudged the score near triple-figures. Simon Katich declined to enforce the follow on and it proved a good decision with Jaques, Ed Cowan (56) and Peter Forrest (17 not out) guiding the Blues to 1 for 145.

The visitors' top order was far sturdier than in the first innings when they wobbled to 6 for 53. Nicholson led the recovery and started the day needing 15 for his century. Despite a scare when he was dropped on 99, he passed the milestone and finished unbeaten on 106.