Western Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Perth November 29, 2013

Mitchell Marsh fires on rainy day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 5 for 156 (M Marsh 69*) v Queensland

Mitchell Marsh brought up his fourth first-class half-century of the season as Western Australia recovered from a shaky start on a rain-affected opening day against Queensland at the WACA. The Warriors chose to bat but morning rain meant they had to wait until 2pm to start their innings, and the gloomy weather and challenging conditions contributed to a top order collapse as they stumbled to 5 for 47.

Ben Cutting picked up two wickets and Luke Feldman, James Hopes and Michael Neser each picked up one as Western Australia struggled until Marsh and Sam Whiteman came together. They put on an unbeaten 109 for the sixth wicket as the Warriors went to stumps on 5 for 156, with Marsh on 69 and Whiteman on 36.

Marsh struck 12 fours and one six during his 91-ball innings, which followed the 58 and 62 he made against the touring England side and the unbeaten 65 he made against South Australia.