Bollinger, Copeland hold WA to 205
New South Wales 291 and 2 for 43 (Smith 16*, Khawaja 15*, Duffield 2-20) lead Western Australia 205 (Marsh 86, Bollinger 3-32, Copeland 3-52) by 129 runs
New South Wales' opening bowlers, Doug Bollinger and Trent Copeland, ensured a first-innings lead for their side, sharing six wickets as Western Australia were kept to 205 on the second day of their Sheffield Shield match at the WACA. Shaun Marsh's 86 was WA's top score by some distance as discarded offspinner Nathan Hauritz also chipped in with two middle-order wickets. New South Wales lost both openers quickly in the second dig, however, and went to stumps at the fragile position of 2 for 43.
WA's opening batsmen, Wes Robinson and Liam Davis, survived a short, four-over burst on the first evening by adopting an overwhelmingly defensive approach and they continued in much the same manner the next morning. Robinson had grafted just four runs from the first seven overs of play before he was trapped in front of his stumps by Bollinger, who has been re-called by Australia ahead of the second Ashes Test, and Davis was eventually prised out in the 20th over of the innings for just 14.
Marsh and Michael Swart cobbled together something of a recovery with a 67-run partnership for the third wicket that carried their team into the post-lunch session but when Swart was removed for 39, bowled by Hauritz, a fragile middle-order was exposed. Bollinger, Copeland and Hauritz quickly worked their way through Nos. 5 to 8, and when Moises Henriques had Brett Dorey caught behind WA were tottering at 8 for 151.
Marsh, who had reached his 19th first-class fifty amid the carnage, found another willing partner in Ryan Duffield and together they took WA past 200 with a 54-run stand. Duffield cracked three fours and a six in an aggressive 36 - the 22-year-old's best first-class effort - but he and Marsh were dispatched in the space of three balls by Bollinger and Copeland as the innings folded for 205. Duffield, a left-arm seamer, carried his fight into the field as he dismissed both Phil Hughes and Phil Jaques in the first six overs, but New South Wales' lead already stands at a handy 129.