Bancroft ton gives Western Australia hope

Western Australia 5 for 360 (Bancroft 104, Turner 84, Cartwright 70) v New South Wales Scorecard

Cameron Bancroft scored his second century of the Sheffield Shield season as Western Australia piled on the runs on the first day of their match against New South Wales at the WACA. The Warriors began this round fifth on the Shield table but could still reach the final if they win outright and other results fall their way, while the Blues entered the game sitting second.

Western Australia's top order made plenty of runs between them. Hilton Cartwright at No.3 scored 70 before he was caught behind off Doug Bollinger, which then left Bancroft and Ashton Turner to put on 139 for the third wicket.

Turner missed out on the chance to bring up his third hundred of the Shield summer when he fell to the spin of William Somerville for 84, but by that stage Bancroft had already brought up his and fallen for 104. The retiring Adam Voges finished unbeaten on 48 with wicketkeeper Josh Inglis on 35 as the Warriors moved to 5 for 360.