WA v Tas, Sheffield Shield, Perth

Ponting builds big lead for Tigers

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 22, 2013

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Tasmania 211 and 9 for 238 (Ponting 76, Duffield 4-71) lead Western Australia 97 (Butterworth 5-35) by 352 runs
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Ricky Ponting led Tasmania to a what appeared a decisive lead after Luke Butterworth razed Western Australia's first innings for 97 on day two of the Sheffield Shield match at the WACA ground.

Resuming at 6 for 54, the Warriors could make nothing of Butterworth, who now has 35 wickets at 17.02 in the Shield this season. They had a chance of restricting the visitors when the Tigers quickly slipped to 2 for 10, but Ponting forged the biggest stand of the match with Alex Doolan to stretch the lead.

Ponting's innings was aggressive, featuring two sixes, as the ball continued to zip around for the WA bowlers. Ryan Duffield enjoyed most success with his left-arm swing.

Steady contributions down the order frustrated WA's efforts to start a rush of wickets, and Jason Krejza will hope to add to his side's advantage when he and the last man Adam Maher resume on day three.

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Posted by meursault on (February 23, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

They called stumps with WA needing only 6 runs and Tassie only 2 wickets! Craziness. Surely the umpires should have the discretion to play on 5 more overs (even after the original additional 8 overs). It's rarely dark at 6.00pm in February in Perth!

What a game. Agar now looks like Australia's spin saviour and its newest all-rounder.

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