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February 17, 2012
Western Australia 2 for 158 (Davis 74*) lead New South Wales 91 (Hughes 28, Coulter-Nile 4-20, Rimmington 4-31) by 67 runs
Brad Haddin's difficult month became even worse when he was out for a duck on a terrible day for New South Wales at the WACA. Shane Watson showed some encouraging signs in his first match back from a long injury lay-off, scoring 21 and collecting 1 for 14 from four overs, but Western Australia dominated the day and by stumps had bowled the Blues out for 91 and taken a 67-run lead.
But it wasn't all good news for the Warriors, who lost their captain Marcus North to a finger injury suffered while fielding. The problem was so severe that North was likely to have surgery immediately and was ruled out of the rest of the match, but it didn't seem to affect the Western Australian batting effort on day one.
They finished at 2 for 158 with Liam Davis on 74 and Adam Voges on 37, having lost Wes Robinson for 31 when he edged Watson's second delivery to slip. Shaun Marsh had also been taken at slip, where Steven Smith snared a screamer off the bowling of Trent Copeland, and his 14 was hardly the kind of innings he needed to press his case for a spot on Australia's tour of the West Indies.
Not that he was alone in that regard. Haddin has had a tough few weeks, fielding questions about his future while Matthew Wade makes his presence felt in the ODI tri-series, and his edge to slip for a fourth-ball duck off Nathan Coulter-Nile (4 for 20) won't have helped his cause. Usman Khawaja was bowled by Michael Hogan for 15 and Phillip Hughes top scored with 28 before he was caught behind off Coulter-Nile.
Watson had been the first man out, lbw to Coulter-Nile, and the wickets just kept tumbling. Nathan Rimmington collected 4 for 31 and the Blues were dismissed in the 45th over, their innings having included a spell where they lost 9 for 31 from 92 deliveries.
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