West Aus v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 2nd day March 4, 2011

Harris ton puts Western Australia in front

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 3-241 (Harris 133*, Hopes 2-31) trail Queensland 250 (Hopes 80, Duffield 4-57) by 9 runs

Western Australia took control of their match against Queensland at the WACA in Perth, on the back of a commanding, unbeaten century by Marcus Harris. Beginning the day on 6 not out, Harris played a cautious but effective innings, going to stumps on 133 not out. He strung together a solid 87-run opening partnership with Wes Robinson, before Luke Feldman had Robinson run out.

While Harris dropped anchor at one end, no one could build an innings at the other, the second top scorer being Adam Voges with 38 not out. This was the second consecutive day of unusually slow cricket, the innings' run-rate standing at 2.31 at stumps. James Hopes was the only bowler to make any impression, following up his respectable show with the bat with two wickets.

Harris and Voges hope to carry on and pile up a big first innings lead on day three, to put Western Australia in an unassailable position in the match.