• SportFM

Green double ton dives WA



A maiden double century for Cameron Green was the highlight of day two of the Sheffield Shield clash between Western Australia and Queensland, on another day that saw bat dominate ball at the Gabba.


Green took his score from 182 to 251 in his finest first class knock to date, Hilton Cartwright making 96 in a 192 run partnership for the fourth wicket to take Western Australia to 5-458 declared, Marnus Labuschagne and Bryce Street leading the Bulls reply on a day that saw just three wickets fell.


Green reached his double century within half an hour of the resumption on the second day, steering Xavier Bartlett to the third man fence having faced 282 balls in another outstanding knock.


The runs continued to flow between the right handed duo, Green racing to 251 as he continued to take the attack to left arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, eventually holing out to long off for 251 having faced 343 balls and hit 29 fours and five sixes.


Cartwright fell within sight of a sixth first class century, picking out long on moments before lunch after making a fine 96, only having passed a fitness test to play on the morning of the game.


The declaration came at lunch with Western Australia 5-458, the Bulls given a chance to respond on the second afternoon.


Opening bowling pair Joel Paris and Matt Kelly both found movement with the new ball, but openers Bryce Street and Joe Burns resisted in adding 52, Burns the aggressor in reaching 34.


Former Queensland quick Cameron Gannon had a moment to savour when he had Burns sharply caught by Cameron Bancroft low to his left at second slip, but it would prove to be the only moment of joy on a tough day for the bowlers on both sides.


Test number three Marnus Labuschagne was in dynamic touch as he looked largely untroubled against Western Australia's four prong pace attack, particularly strong on the short ball as he reached a half century.


Street was more circumspect as he reached his half century from 156 balls with a slash through the slips cordon, the Bulls 1-183 by the close of play with Labuschagne on 83 and Street 62 still trailing by 275 runs.


Play resumes at 8AM WST on Monday, both sides looking to force a result with only two more rounds of Shield cricket remaining following the fixture.