Green shines at the Gabba
Young all-rounder Cameron Green's dominant Sheffield Shield season has continued, making an unbeaten 182 against Queensland to leave Western Australia in a dominant position at stumps on day one of their Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba on Saturday.
Sent in to bat the visitors reached 3-325 by the close thanks to Green's outstanding knock, Shaun Marsh (70) and Hilton Cartwright (44*) playing support roles to thwart the Bulls bowlers.
The undefeated home side won the toss and chose to make use of a Gabba strip that had plenty of grass coverage, overcast skies playing their part in captain Usman Khawaja's decision to bowl first.
Western Australia made two changes after their draw with South Australia, Joel Paris returning to the side along with batsman Jake Carder for his first match of the summer at the expense of all-rounder Aaron Hardie and leg-spinner Liam O'Connor.
Khawaja's call looked a good one early when all-rounder Jack Wildermuth picked up openers Cameron Bancroft (1) and Sam Whiteman (13) inside the opening hour, Bancroft caught behind feeling for a ball outside his off stump while Whiteman was caught at second slip, caught at waist height by Marnus Labuschagne.
Shaun Marsh and Cameron Green guided their way through the remainder of the session as Western Australia reached 2-74 at the lunch break.
The second session belonged to the young gun Green, taking his score from 28 to 115 in the lunch to tea interval as he reached his 7th first class century, his first coming against Queensland at the Gabba only just over a year ago.
Marsh played a back seat role as he eventually passed 50 in the final session, hitting just five boundaries in his 70 before edging Mark Steketee to Labuschagne at second slip having faced 196 balls, adding 226 with Green.
The all-rounder handed out particular punishment to left arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, taking 14 runs from one over with two lofted sixes over long on.
With Hilton Cartwright for company Green went to his third score of 150 for the summer, the youngest player to achieve the feat since the late David Hookes did so for South Australia in 1976-77.
By the close he was unbeaten on 182, having made scores of 168* and 144 against South Australia in Sheffield Shield and Marsh Cup cricket last week and 201* for his grade side Subiaco-Floreat a fortnight ago in a stunning vein of form.
He played out the final over of the day from Labuschagne, who reverted to bowling medium pace in an effort to find a way past the 21 year old's bat.
All eyes on day two will be on whether Green can record his maiden first class double century, to resume with Cartwright at 3-325 from 8am WST.
IMAGE: Cricket Australia.