WA v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 1st day March 2, 2012

Siddle misses hat-trick as WA take lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 0 for 12 and 22 trail Western Australia 301 (Ronchi 64, Birt 54, Siddle 5-64) by 12 runs
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Peter Siddle was denied a hat-trick when wicketkeeper Ryan Carters dropped an easy catch on the second day of Western Australia's match against Victoria in Perth. The batsman reprieved, Travis Birt, went on to score 54, and Western Australia took a 24-run first-innings lead. With Western Australia 3 for 115, Siddle dismissed Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges off consecutive deliveries. The next ball found Birt's edge and Siddle was already celebrating when he saw Carters had grassed a sitter. Siddle, who took a hat-trick on the first day of the last Ashes, was left stunned.

Western Australia recovered from the two strikes through Birt's half-century and Luke Ronchi's run-a-ball 64. Siddle came back to complete his five-wicket haul but Western Australia had managed to pass Victoria's first-innings total. Victoria had been hurt by Nathan Rimmington's five-wicket haul on the first day, and managed to add just another 16 runs to their overnight total. Western Australia scored quickly, which meant Victoria were batting again by the end of the second day. Their openers saw out four overs.

Western Australia had got off to a solid start in their reply, with the openers putting on 49. Shaun Marsh, who was left out of Australia's squad for the tour of the West Indies, could only manage 21, continuing a dismal run.