Western Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, WACA February 25, 2016

Bancroft ton underlines WA's dominant day

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Western Australia 1 for 321 (Bancroft 154*, Marsh 95) v Queensland

File photo - Cameron Bancroft was involved in two mammoth stands on the first day of the match against Queensland © Getty Images

An unbeaten century from opener Cameron Bancroft and fifties from Marcus Harris and Shaun Marsh underlined Western Australia's dominant batting effort against Queensland at the WACA.

Western Australia were put in to bat by Queensland, and Bancroft and Harris began with a solid 116-run stand for the first wicket. Mark Steketee broke the partnership by dismissing Harris for 65 in the 40th over but that was the only success Queensland would have with the ball on the day as Bancroft and Marsh built an unbroken 205-run stand for the second wicket.

Bancroft was given two reprieves by Queensland - on 33 and 63 - before he brought up his second successive first-class century with a four off Mitchell Swepson, and then crossed the 150-run mark towards the end of the day. Marsh, meanwhile, finished the day on 95 not out, having struck 13 fours and two sixes.

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  • rob on February 26, 2016, 2:02 GMT

    I'm also interested in seeing how Renshaw goes. I've never seen him play but I'm hearing good things. He's only about 20 or so but seems to know how to go on with it.

  • David on February 26, 2016, 0:31 GMT

    Not one of history's great sendings in. Didn't quite reach the quality of David Hookes who once sent in WA and Geoff Marsh and Veletta batted the whole first day to be about 0/350 at stumps, but it's up there.

  • Pat on February 25, 2016, 21:59 GMT

    Well done to the WA batsmen. Is the pitch playing similar to the test match?

  • Terry on February 25, 2016, 18:47 GMT

    Justin Langer deserves credit sticking with young players he sees something in. A couple of seasons ago Shaun Marsh & Marcus North made most of WA's runs and some of the young ones had poor figures but were perservered with & allowed to develop. Bancroft is learning all the time & I like that he bats on and on. Takes his time and goes on past 100.

  •   Naylor Smith on February 25, 2016, 17:50 GMT

    Although Bancroft plays as an opener in fc cricket he can bat in the middle order too. I think we have a good opening pair in Warner and burns. Bancroft can bat at 5 or 6. I have been very impressed with the fact that he is improving every year. Two years ago he was averaging in 20's, last year his average was in mid 40's with 900 runs in the season and this year he is averaging 54 in fc cricket with still 3 games left.

  •   Naylor Smith on February 25, 2016, 15:43 GMT

    @PRASPUNTER M.Marsh has potential to be good allrounder but he needs to improve his batting. His bowling is very good but his batting is terrible. The only reason why M.Marsh has been picked despite his poor form is due to the injury prone fast bowlers we have who look like getting injured every game. If we had fit bowlers and top quality one from the past like Warne, Gillespie, McGrath and Lee M.Marsh would be playing in domestic cricket. On the other hand, S.Marsh should not be picked in test again. I dont mind him in odi and t20 but he should not be picked in test because younger guys like Bancroft and Lehmann are performing very well and deserve to be picked. There are not too many good seam bowling allrounders in domestic cricket besides M.Marsh and Faulkner who are not good enough as no 6 in test team.

  • Prasanna on February 25, 2016, 15:43 GMT

    Having made it to india with the A team and scored big over there, Bancroft appears well-placed to make it to the SC later in July. Hope he does well. Should slot in once Vogesy calls it a day.

  • Prasanna on February 25, 2016, 14:45 GMT

    The Marsh Brothers remain a mystery. We all thought Marsh Sr would be the future No 3 when he scored his ton on debut. Years later, he is not even with the Test XI. Marsh Jr continues to divide opinion among those who make decisions and fans alike. Is he good enough at No 6 ? Should he play as a batsman/bowler/ all-rounder / play at all ? Hope we have an answer.

  • Terry on February 25, 2016, 14:04 GMT

    Opener batting all day. Bet Justin Langer loved that. Good Test match style stuff that's been lacking in the Shield. Will be interested to see how Renshaw gets on

  •   Naylor Smith on February 25, 2016, 13:19 GMT

    Nice to see Bancroft performing after average scores in the first 3-4 shield games. Jake Lehmann also scored 3rd century of the season. Looks like these 2 have done enough to be picked as reserve batsmen for Sri Lanka series away. I hope Shaun Marsh's test career is over.

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