Klinger ton steers steady Western Australia
Western Australia 4 for 231 (Klinger 100, Bancroft 61) v Tasmania
Michael Klinger made his first century for his newest state, Western Australia, as they ground out 4 for 231 on a slow-scoring opening day against Tasmania in Hobart. Klinger edged James Faulkner to slip late in the day and was out for exactly 100, leaving Shaun Marsh at the crease on 16 when stumps was called.
Having moved from South Australia during the off-season, Klinger began the Sheffield Shield season with a pair of half-centuries in the first two games and followed it with a patient hundred. His 279-ball innings was his 20th first-class century and frustrated the Tasmanians after their captain Alex Doolan won the toss and sent the Warriors in.
Andrew Fekete picked up the early wicket of opener Marcus Harris for 6 before Klinger and Cameron Bancroft combined for a 116-run partnership that ended in unfortunate fashion. Bancroft was on 61 when a deflection off the hand of the bowler, Fekete, caught him short at the non-striker' end. Fekete later added the wicket of Western Australia captain Adam Voges, who was bowled for 41.