Western Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Perth December 1, 2013

Voges nears ton as Warriors fight

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Western Australia 254 and 3 for 182 (Voges 90*) lead Queensland 401 (Pomersbach 159, Khawaja 64, Hopes 50, Hogan 3-69) by 35 runs

Western Australia captain Adam Voges was within touching distance of a 17th first-class hundred at stumps on the third day at the WACA, as his Warriors edged ahead of Queensland after conceding first-innings points. At the close of play, Western Australia were 3 for 182 in their second innings, with Voges on 90 and Shaun Marsh on 32, and their advantage was 35, leaving them plenty of runs to score on the final day to have any chance of victory.

Luke Towers, the mid-match replacement for the bereaved Marcus North, fell for a golden duck and Cameron Bancroft (38) and John Rogers (22) both made starts but failed to convert. Earlier, the Bulls had resumed on their overnight total of 3 for 255 and added 146 for the loss of their final seven wickets as they built a healthy first-innings lead.

Luke Pomersbach started the morning on 137 and moved on to 159 before he was caught off the bowling of Michael Hogan, who finished with 3 for 69. James Hopes chipped in with 50 as Queensland extended their lead, but six points will remain up for grabs on the final day with both sides still in the running for an outright victory.

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  • Chris_P on December 1, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    @Mitty2. I also heard Terry Alderman's assessment on "Grandstand" about NCN & was a little surprised how much TA talked him about his pace, especially into the "Doctor". I was interested if he could have replicated this against Qld. Also, like you, thought Cutting was improving to press for a spot but am unsure what is wrong with him.

  • Mitty2 on December 1, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Mm, considering that this match is practically the battle for the fourth seamer for the fourth test if the selectors don't want Faulkner or if one gets injured... Disappointing from both Cutting and NCN. Cutting has had an indifferent start to the year despite being on the cusp for over two years and I think he might have a niggle - he's bowling under pace and without the assertiveness (bouncers) of previous years. His strength has always been his bouncer and sharp pace, but he's struggled on the flat pitches. Based on Terry Alderman's assessment of NCN's performance against the Vics last week I think based on his pace and bounce (and the Poms weakness to it so far) and his home ground advantage), he'll be the one who comes in. Also, Inverarity was at the match that he took the 8/9 for.

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