Butterworth fifty furthers Tasmania's dominance
Tasmania 8 for 411 (Butterworth 91*, Hogan 2-82) lead Western Australia 160 (Coulter-Nile 40, Butterworth 6-51) by 251 runs
Luke Butterworth followed up his six-wicket haul on the first day with an unbeaten 91 to put Tasmania in dominating position against Western Australia in Perth. Tasmania ended day two on 8 for 411, a daunting 251-run lead.
Openers Nick Kruger and Ed Cowan, who had put on 79 runs before stumps on the first day, completed half-centuries before being dismissed. Western Australia picked up another three quick wickets as Tasmania stumbled from 1 for 177 to 4 for186 - but there was no joy for the hosts thereafter. Butterworth, who came in at No. 7, wrested the initiative for Tasmania with a 129-run partnership with Mark Cosgrove.
The pair saw off the second new ball and controlled proceedings until Cosgrove mis-hit a hook to Ryan Duffield in the deep. Wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt did not have an ideal debut innings, unfortunately dismissed hit-wicket after he slipped while taking off for a run. Ben Hilfenhaus (4*) was unbeaten with Butterworth at stumps.