Western Australia v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 2nd day November 23, 2013

Shaun Marsh, seamers rattle Victoria

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Victoria 7 for 158 (Hussey 76*, Behrendorff 3-44, Coulter-Nile 3-46) trail Western Australia 8 for 581 declared (North 145, Marsh 127*, Whiteman 87, Bancroft 86) by 423 runs

Shaun Marsh hit his eighth first-class century - an unbeaten 127- to take Western Australia to a mammoth 581, before three wickets apiece from the seamers Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile left Victoria precariously placed at 158 for 7 heading into day three in Perth.

Western Australia's captain Adam Voges departed early on day two for 69, but Marsh kept going and struck 16 fours and two sixes during his knock. He was well-supported at the other end by Sam Whiteman, as the pair put up 177 runs for the sixth wicket to take the team beyond the 500-run mark.

Whiteman eventually fell for 87 in the 135th over having hit 10 fours and two sixes, but Marsh still carried on, adding a further 63 runs with the tail, Western Australia eventually declaring at 8 for 581.

Victoria began poorly, as Rob Quiney was trapped lbw by Behrendorff off the fifth ball of the innings. They were dealt two more blows in the fourth over, as Coulter-Nile dismissed Aaron Finch and Cameron White off successive deliveries, before removing Peter Handscomb for 7 in the eighth, leaving Victoria wobbling at 4 for 25.

Glenn Maxwell tried to stablise the innings, scoring 38, but Behrendorff once again struck, removing both Maxwell and Daniel Christian in quick succession as Western Australia took firm control.

David Hussey put up the sole resistance, scoring an unbeaten 76 and adding 54 for the seventh wicket with John Hastings, who contributed just six runs during the partnership. The pair batted out 13.4 overs, but Hastings fell in the 39th, as Victoria ended the day trailing by 423 runs.

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  • Graham on November 23, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Finally a 100 from S Marsh - the first since being dropped from the test side 3 years ago. Please no calls for test selection until he continues to back this up again and again like North has done.

  • Guy on November 23, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    When Glenn Maxwell is the man trying to stabilise your innings, you know you're in trouble!

  • Peter on November 23, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    @Mitty2. I really hope Rogers doesn't get dropped, nor do I believe he will for he did look quite solid, just undoing all his good work with a poor shot. I got to admit I was really surprised at this result given where WA have been. I hope Maxwell has taken a leaf out of Steve Smith's book & tries to develop himself in the longer format to go with his awesome T20 abilities.@Beertjie... Totally agree!

  • Mashuq on November 23, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Hope Marsh doesn't jump the queue off the back of this innings.

  • Hamish on November 23, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Unbelievable. Being smashed by the worst side. Sure our bowling's been quite toothless recently... But now our batting? Why are we persisting with Finch? He's a club level poor man's David Warner - how many innings in a row for Vic that he hasn't made above 10? Maxwell's good, but still him and Christian doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Oh well, Rogers will be dropped soon and we'll get him back ;)

    On the other side of the fence, good to see NCN have an impact. He's fast enough and good enough, just needs more consistency.

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