NSW v WA, Sheffield Shield, Canberra, 3rd day March 13, 2014

Marsh ton gives NSW a fight

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 186 (Smith 48, Agar 5-74) and 2 for 103 need another 110 runs to beat Western Australia 82 (Hazlewood 4-14, Bollinger 4-28) and 316 (Marsh 113)

Shaun Marsh ground out a second-innings century to give Western Australia a fighting chance, after their batsmen had collapsed spectacularly in the first in Canberra. By stumps on the third day, however, New South Wales had made steady progress in their chase of 213, and needed 110 more runs with eight wickets in hand.

Having collapsed for 82 in their first innings and then given up a lead of 104, Western Australia began the third day on 5 for 138, ahead by only 34 runs in the second innings. Marsh was batting on 9 and lost his overnight partner Sam Whiteman for 36, after a partnership of 64 for the sixth wicket. Marsh went on to score 113, sharing useful stands with Ashton Agar and Jason Behrendorff, and was the last man dismissed with the score on 316. Western Australia had batted 126 overs in the second innings, after folding in 35.4 in the first.

New South Wales made a steady start in their chase before Western Australia's spinners struck. Agar and Marcus North removed the openers in the space of 20 runs to reduce them to 2 for 67. Steven Smith, however, was unbeaten on 32 at stumps and had Ben Rohrer for company to resume New South Wales' push for victory on the final day.