Western Australia v South Australia, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Perth, 1st day March 5, 2016

Cartwright ton revives Western Australia

Western Australia 8 for 269 (Cartwright 105*, Worrall 4-68, Mennie 3-53) v South Australia

File photo - Daniel Worrall went past 50 first-class wickets with his four-for © Getty Images

Hilton Cartwright's rearguard century revived Western Australia and frustrated South Australia's bowlers on day one at the WACA.

After being sent in to bat, the Warriors slid to 6 for 109 after lunch, with Daniel Worrall and Joe Mennie enjoying productive spells as the hosts struggled for traction. Nick Benton, playing his fourth first-class match, also chipped in, claiming the wicket of captain Adam Voges.

But Cartwright stood firm and formed partnerships with Nathan Rimmington, Joel Paris and Josh Nicholas to lift Western Australia to 8 for 269 by the close of play. Cartwright remained unbeaten on 105 including 17 fours and one six.

The Warriors, though, were without their first-choice wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman due to injury, with the opener Cameron Bancroft set to juggle the role.

SA's bowlers were unable to follow through on a good first half of the day, a recurring theme in many of their performances this summer. The day was a struggle for Chadd Sayers on his return from Australia duty in New Zealand, as he was unable to locate the right rhythm despite conditions that should have assisted him.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  •   Jono Makim on March 6, 2016, 8:50 GMT

    Just saying, but the SACA must be having some worries about Travis Head's performances by now, perhaps handing the captaincy over to Cossie or Fergie next season would be a well considered move, it really is a lot to ask of a young bloke who has never actually established himself as an authentic FC performer, to have him continue to captain the side in the face of a season of poor returns.

  • Craig on March 6, 2016, 8:33 GMT

    BTBA. Langer should be Australia's next coach. Do not share your views about Turner though. I have followed his progress since U19s world cup when he replaced Ashton Agar in the Aussie squad. He gets a lot of starts without going on. His off spin is about on a par with Glenn Maxwell. The others Agar, Paris , Cartwright and I will add David Moody, all have bright futures.

  • Craig on March 6, 2016, 8:27 GMT

    That was a quality ton from a promising all rounder in Cartwright. Always looked in control even though the Warriors were in terrible trouble when he came to the crease.

  •   Jono Makim on March 6, 2016, 7:06 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm.. Yep, some pretty fine young cricketers there. I reckon Turner will kick on to become an excellent middle order batsman from the glimpses I've seen of him, might have actually had some chance beforehand but obviously it has been a crowded middle order with the Marsh brothers and Voges taking up most of the batting places in recent years.

  • Terry on March 5, 2016, 17:07 GMT

    I love the way Justin Langer is persisting with some of these young guys and giving them the chance to find their feet and learn the game. Australian cricket will benefit from it in the long term. Hilton Cartwright was the one to put his hand up today and repay that confidence. Ones like Bancroft, Whiteman, Agar & Paris have stepped up and others like Cartwright, Turner and Harris can hopefully kick on.

  • Craig on March 5, 2016, 14:35 GMT

    Hilton Cartwright another star on the rise in Australian cricket. The all rounder first impressed in the white ball Matador Cup. Now he is showing us his wares in domestic red ball cricket.

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