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November 27, 2011
Western Australia 150 and 1 for 36 trail New South Wales 6 for 441 dec (Patterson 157, Katich 125) by 225 runs
Kurtis Patterson became the youngest batsman to score a century in Sheffield Shield as New South Wales took an overwhelming lead of 291 against Western Australia at the SCG. Patterson smashed 157 and had the experienced Simon Katich for company as NSW ended the day at 4 for 441.
At 18 years and 206 days, Patterson broke the earlier record set by Barry Shepherd, the former Australian Test batsman, who made a century on debut for Western Australia aged 18 years and 241 days in 1955-56. The left-hander came to the crease after NSW lost Ben Rohrer. Patterson and Katich battered the Western Australia bowlers to add 221 for the fifth wicket.
Patterson survived two close calls before getting off the mark. He reached his century with his 16th boundary shortly before tea. He accelerated after tea, hitting his last 55 runs off just 25 balls, before getting out caught at backward point by Mitchell Marsh. Katich was lbw to Nathan Rimmington, hitting ten fours in his 125 before Rohrer declared.
In reply, Western Australia lost Marcus Harris early.
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