Tasmania v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 2nd day December 9, 2009

Ronchi revival gives Warriors strength

Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 1 for 91 (Cowan 42*) trail Western Australia 8 for 442 dec (Towers 124, Ronchi 122, Noffke 61, Voges 52) by 351 runs

Luke Ronchi's fine season of recovery continued when he gave Western Australia the upper hand with an aggressive century on the second day against Tasmania in Hobart. Ronchi was Australia's one-day wicketkeeper on the limited-overs tour of the West Indies in 2008, but by the end of last summer he was dropped by his state.

The 122 was his second Shield hundred of the current campaign, taking him to 392 runs, and put him in second place on the run list behind Ed Cowan, who steered Tasmania's reply. At the start of the day the Warriors needed a lift after resuming at 4 for 244 and Ronchi provided it when he came in for the nightwatchman Steve Magoffin (6).

Ronchi brought up his century off 99 balls and his partnership of 172 with Ashley Noffke allowed Western Australia to relax. Noffke picked up 61 while Ronchi had 17 fours and two sixes in his impressive collection.

Jonathan Wells fell for 16 in Tasmania's innings before Cowan dragged them back up to 1 for 91 at stumps. Cowan was unbeaten on 42 while Alex Doolan had 29.