Tasmania v WA, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 2nd day December 9, 2013

Mitchell Marsh helps Western Australia take charge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 258 and 5 for 115 (M Marsh 40*, Rainbird 3-32) lead Tasmania 196 (Gulbis 80, Butterworth 72, M Marsh 4-19, Duffield 3-55) by 177 runs

Mitchell Marsh enjoyed a strong all-round day as Western Australia took first-innings points on the second day against Tasmania in Hobart. Marsh picked up 4 for 19 and then finished unbeaten on 40, alongside Sam Whiteman on 15, and at 5 for 115 the Warriors had extended their advantage to 177 runs after bowling the Tigers out for 196.

Tasmania began the day on 0 for 7 but things deteriorated rapidly when all of their top five batsmen were dismissed without reaching double figures, and when they stumbled to 7 for 41 a follow-on scenario appeared to be on the cards. But Luke Butterworth and Evan Gulbis then fought back with a 145-run eighth-wicket stand that gave Tasmania hope of taking first-innings points.

However, on 72 Butterworth fell to Marsh and Gulbis (80 off 73 balls) was the last man out with the score on 196. Sam Rainbird (3 for 32) then claimed three victims in his opening spell as Western Australia's top three all failed to reach double figures, but Marsh and Shield debutant Ashton Turner (30) helped Western Australia steady.