Voges ensures tough chase for South Australia
South Australia 230 and 5 for 135 (Head 61*, Paris 3-31) need another 139 runs to beat Western Australia 311 and 192 (Voges 89, Mennie 3-47, Worrall 3-48, Sayers 3-76)
Adam Voges and debutant Josh Nicholas rescued Western Australia from a precarious 8 for 88 to reach 192 in their second innings, setting South Australia a tricky target of 274 at the WACA. By stumps on the third day, the Redbacks were 5 for 135 in their chase, with captain Travis Head the key man still at the crease on 61, alongside Alex Carey, who had 9.
Joel Paris had picked up three wickets to give the Warriors a good chance of victory after the fighting effort from Voges and Nicholas. Western Australia had started the morning at 2 for 31 but the loss of Shaun Marsh for 31 to Chadd Sayers began a collapse of the middle and lower order as Sayers, Daniel Worrall and Joe Mennie all proved a handful.
At 8 for 88 the Warriors had a lead of just 169 runs, but Voges was still there and found impressive support from fast bowler Nicholas in his first Sheffield Shield outing. Nicholas made 41 in the 66-run stand with Voges, who then put on 38 for the final wicket with Michael Hogan before being the last man out for 89.