South Australia v WA, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 1st day October 25, 2011

Warriors ride on North hundred

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Western Australia 7 for 288 (North 119, Davis 89, Putland 3-52, George 3-59) v South Australia

Marcus North showed his class with a captain's hundred to put Western Australia in a reasonable position at stumps on the first day at the Adelaide Oval. North made 119 and Liam Davis scored 89, but South Australia's bowlers fought back late in the afternoon through Peter George and Gary Putland to leave the Warriors at 7 for 288 at the close of play.

George (3 for 59) was on a hat-trick at one stage after he had Davis caught behind and then trapped Adam Voges lbw next delivery. The hat-trick was not forthcoming, but soon afterwards Putland picked up the key wicket of North, who was given lbw, ending a 169-ball innings in which he looked in total control.

Earlier, Putland had had Wes Robinson caught behind for 7 from a nasty short delivery that the batsman failed to fend properly, after the debutant Joe Mennie ended the opening partnership by having Marcus Harris caught behind for 22. At stumps, Travis Birt was the key man for the Warriors and was on 21, with Michael Beer on 5.