Western Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Perth November 30, 2013

Pomersbach ton gives Queensland points

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 3 for 255 (Pomersbach 137*, Khawaja 64) lead Western Australia 254 (M Marsh 96, Whiteman 61, Feldman 4-58) by 1 run

Luke Pomersbach's first century at first-class level in more than five years delivered first-innings points to Queensland on a sombre second day in Perth. The flags on top of the WACA scoreboard flew at half-mast and the players wore black armbands as a sign of respect to Western Australia's Marcus North, who withdrew from the match after learning of the death of his brother in a car accident on Friday.

Lucas North, 40, died after he was struck by a truck while trying to pour petrol into his broken-down car on Perth's Mitchell Freeway just before 3pm on Friday. The WACA announced that Marcus North would be taking indefinite leave and would play no further part in the ongoing Shield match, and Luke Towers would come in as a mid-match replacement.

The Warriors resumed on their overnight score of 5 for 156 but neither Sam Whiteman nor Mitchell Marsh managed to go on and turn their half-centuries into hundreds. Whiteman was caught behind off Michael Neser for 61 before Marsh was caught off the bowling of Luke Feldman for 96. Feldman finished with 4 for 58 as Western Australia were bowled out for 254.

In Queensland's reply, Nathan Reardon fell for 21 before Pomersbach and Usman Khawaja put on 142 for the second wicket, a stand that ended when Khawaja was run out for 64. But Pomersbach, the former Western Australia batsman who has found a new direction with Queensland, went on to reach triple-figures with the red ball for the first time since November 2008.

Pomersbach and Chris Lynn nudged Queensland ahead of Western Australia's score before Lynn was lbw to Ashton Agar for 28 in the last over of the day. At stumps, Pomersbach was on 137 with nightwatchman Nathan Hauritz yet to score, and the Bulls were one run ahead on 3 for 255.

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  • Murray on November 30, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    When I noticed the runs Burns made in 2 XI, I thought the selectors may end up wearing egg on their faces. Pomers looks a good selection now though. Even though a Qlder, I'm really pleased to see Micthell Marsh finally getting some runs. Been waiting for him for it seems years now. I hope this season is the one he finally emerges.

  • Andrew on November 30, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Condolences to Marcus. Glad he was able to be replaced mid-match. What a roller-coaster for North. Reeling off big scores left right & centre, then this. Best wishes.

  • James on November 30, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Wow, sad news for North, i pray for him and his family.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Now all Luke has to do is to get some consistency into his game which has always eluded him !

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