Western Australia v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 3rd day November 24, 2013

White century keeps Victoria afloat

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 198 (Hussey 85, Coulter-Nile 4-57) and 5 for 272 (White 110*, Quiney 53) trail Western Australia 8 for 581 dec by 111 runs

Cameron White's unbeaten 110 in Victoria's second innings helped them stay afloat, after Western Australia enforced the follow-on on the third day. Victoria are not out of the woods, however, as they trail Western Australia by 111 runs with five wickets in hand.

Victoria, who began the third day at 7 for 158, lost overnight batsmen Clint McKay and David Hussey in quick succession. Hussey was out for 85 off 122 balls, the top-scorer in an innings where only three batsmen scored in double figures. The Victoria innings folded shortly after their dismissals and Western Australia, with a first-innings lead of 383, chose to make Victoria bat again. Nathan Coulter-Nile was the most successful bowler for Western Australia, taking 4 for 57 in 16 overs.

In their second innings, Victoria lost opener Aaron Finch early but the side put up a better performance. Rob Quiney, the Victoria captain, added 49 with Peter Handscomb for the second wicket and then shared a 55-run, third-wicket partnership with Cameron White.

After Quiney's dismissal, White led the charge, making up for his first-innings duck with his 18th first-class hundred. He received good support from Glenn Maxwell and the pair steadily chipped away at the deficit. The pair added 72 runs for the fourth wicket but the quick wickets of Maxwell and Hussey meant that Victoria had slipped further by the end of the day.

White finished the day unbeaten on 110 off 123 ball with 16 fours and a six, and along with Dan Christian (10 not out) will look to fight for a draw on the fourth day.