WA v NSW, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Perth February 16, 2016

Bancroft ton gives WA lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 316 and 1 for 107 (Patterson 49*, Hughes 45*) trail Western Australia 8 for 511 dec (Bancroft 144, Harris 120, Turner 96, Sandhu 3-110) by 88 runs

File photo: Cameron Bancroft stroked his sixth first-class hundred © Getty Images

Opener Cameron Bancroft scored his sixth first-class century to give Western Australia a 195-run first-innings lead in Perth. New South Wales, however, hit back, courtesy an unbroken 86-run partnership between Daniel Hughes and Kurtis Patterson. The steady stand had come after Nick Larkin was dismissed by Joel Paris for 11.

The hosts remained in control for most of the day, Bancroft leading the way and pushing for an Australia berth with 144 off 340 balls, spanning 444 minutes. He was assisted by Ashton Turner and Hilton Cartwright who stroked fifties each. Western Australia eventually declared at 8 for 511 in 136 overs.

New South Wales were crippled by left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe's finger injury, which he had sustained while batting. Gurinder Sandhu ditched his medium-pace for offspin, something he had done during the A tour to India last year, and removed Sam Whiteman and Ashton Agar in successive balls. Sandhu finished with figures of 3 for 110, one of the three bowlers to concede more than 100 runs.

Hughes and Curtis then combined well in New South Wales' second innings to trim the deficit to 88 runs.

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  •   Jono Makim on February 17, 2016, 13:45 GMT

    You guys ought not confuse the shield pitches with the test pitch, the two matches at the WACA prior to christmas both produced results, neither of them high scoring affairs. This was a pretty good batting wicket obviously but the Blues didn't get that many runs in their first innings. There has only been two 400+ innings there this season.

  • Terry on February 17, 2016, 12:38 GMT

    Not sure what is going on at the WACA. As there is no AFL football there they don't have the drop in pitch excuse for dead wickets but its a struggle to get a result there. Bancroft will be the early season county player at Gloucester until Klinger arrives and will have 5 championship games with the wickets at their liveliest. Great experience

  • Peter on February 17, 2016, 9:11 GMT

    While I am a big fan of Bancroft, he needs to pile plenty of runs on a consistent level & push for a spot. Burns deserves his chance in the Aussie team based on the same criteria, plenty of runs over a length of time. Bancroft's average for the current season has only just gone past Burn's & to be blunt, he has batted on absolute roads in Perth. On that note, what is the curator doing over there? The sooner the Burswood move happens the better, pitches like the ones the WACA is serving up is doing no good for our bowlers. I really feel for the WAussie bowlers.

  •   Jono Makim on February 17, 2016, 7:23 GMT

    Burns needs more of a run yet. All the same, good to see Bancroft notch his second ton of the season, his rookie year was quite poor but this season and last have been very solid indeed. Shame we don't have much in the way of test cricket coming up, would like to see him get into a touring squad, hope CA has some A tours organised for the winter. Good to see Patterson returning in kind too, he has been around a while but you gotta remember he is still just 22 and his performances to date have been solid if not spectacular, would like to see him have a break out summer, massive talent I think.

  • annoyed on February 17, 2016, 3:21 GMT

    Wahey! 2 clueless comments. Burns average more than Bancroft at shield level but apparently Bancroft would "average 55". Not sure how you managed that.

  • Olivier on February 17, 2016, 1:24 GMT

    @VRDBB Hopefully he does, Burns is averaging about 39 on flat pitches against tired bowlers and disheartened west indians. Pretty sure Bancroft could've averaged 55 in that time and Burns' shuffling trigger movement is just going to get him LBW or caught in slips like Watson a lot of the time so take Bancroft who stays very still at the crease.

  • Viren on February 16, 2016, 15:47 GMT

    Get Bancroft in in place of Joe Burns....

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