WA v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 1st day November 22, 2013

Another North century leads Western Australia

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Western Australia 3 for 315 (North 145, Bancroft 86, Voges 62*) v Victoria

Marcus North made his 37th first-class hundred to lead a strong Western Australia batting performance against Victoria in Perth. North struck 145 and put on 208 for the opening wicket with Cameron Bancroft , who made 86. Adam Voges compiled another half-century and was unbeaten on 62 as Western Australia ended on 3 for 315.

Victoria, who chose to field, were made to toil for more than 60 overs by North and Bancroft before they could separate the pair. It was Jake Haberfield who ended the partnership when he had Bancroft caught behind. John Rogers missed out on a productive day for batsmen when he was caught-and-bowled by Haberfield for 1.

North and Voges then added 92 for the third wicket and it was only very late in the day that Victoria were able to see the back of the former. It was Haberfield again, having North caught behind for his third wicket. After North's departure, Voges and Shaun Marsh ensured there weren't any more late alarms for Western Australia.

North took 269 balls for his 145 and hit 20 fours and a six. It was his third hundred in four Shield games along with two half-centuries. He is the leading run-getter this season with 589 runs in seven innings at an average of 117.80.

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  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Good to see David Hussey recalled and on his way to a century. Marcus North could easily get his old spot back at 6, George Bailey doesn't look the part of a Test player. Watson for Doolan for my money too.

    Still plenty of time for Phil Hughes to get back in the side.

  • David on November 23, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    I would have North in for Rogers too if Rogers doesn't fire in the first 2 Tests. He was mismanaged in his first Test stint in that when he lost form the selectors continued to select him when they should have rested him rather than ruin his Test career. Opening is a good position for him in that he doesn't have to worry about spinners early in his innings. Remember he lost close to 2 years out with a knee injury, so he is 34 going on 32 if you know what I mean.

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Northy in for Rogers and Keep the rest of remaining batting lineup. Averaging 117 which ironically was his Debut ton for Aus in SA.... Snorks is the goods. Cowan has been playing well too.

  • Eddie on November 23, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    I agree James, we could do a lot worse than North. Very experienced, can play top order or middle order, good fielder and solid off spinner. A proper batsmen that could replace Watson or Bailey for sure

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    he's probably viewed as being 'over the hill' but he certainly warrants a test place over bailey or watson.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Great to see Marcus north in great form

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