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Inglis ton gives WA first innings lead



Josh Inglis made his second century of the Sheffield Shield summer, crashing 125 from 122 balls to give Western Australia a first innings lead against Victoria on day three at Karen Rolton Oval.


WA recorded a 65 run first innings lead in posting a total of 479, but the lead had been trimmed to just four by the close with all ten wickets still in hand for Victoria, 0-61 with Will Pucovski (32*) and Marcus Harris (24*) still together heading in to the final day.


WA resumed at 4-198 with Shaun Marsh having compiled a century on the second afternoon, nightwatchman Matt Kelly (0*) joining him at the crease.


The pair guided the side through the opening hour without any real alarm, Kelly looking assured while Marsh continued to prosper, launching spinner Jon Holland for a straight six.


The partnership was worth 58 when Kelly was finally dismissed for 31, caught behind off Scott Boland.


Marsh had eased to 135 when Will Sutherland pinned him in front of his stumps to dismiss the WA skipper, Victoria eying a first innings lead with WA 6-272, still trailing by 142 runs.


D'Arcy Short and Josh Inglis added 92 runs in good time to put scoreboard pressure on the Victorian bowlers, Short falling for 48 when he edged a drive from Sutherland to Peter Handscomb at first slip.


Inglis upped the tempo with only the lower order for company, Aaron Hardie (12) leaving the wicketkeeper-batsman with just Cameron Gannon and injured number eleven Lance Morris.


Inglis reached his second century of the summer, going on to post 125 from only 122 balls with ten fours and six sixes.


Gannon provided invaluable support in making a run a ball 27, WA taking the lead as a result of their 85 run stand from just 72 balls.


Holland finished with four wickets for Victoria, Boland with three scalps and Sutherland two as the bowlers toiled for 139.1 overs to claim ten Western Australian wickets.


Victorian openers Will Pucovski and Marcus Harris got through to the close without loss, reaching 0-61 to seemingly snuff out any chance of a Western Australia win in the process.


WA are a bowler down with Morris out of the game with a left ankle injury sustained on the opening day of the match.


In other matches Queensland is on track for a big win over South Australia at Glenelg Oval, South Australia 4-138 chasing an improbable 448 for victory heading in to the final day.


New South Wales are on track for a remarkable win having been bowled out for 64 on the opening day of the match, posting 6-522 declared in their second innings thanks to centuries from Nick Larkin (161), Moises Henriques (113) and Sean Abbott (102) setting Tasmania 348 in the fourth and final innings of the match.


The Tigers have made a shaky start, losing openers Charlie Wakim and Jordan Silk before stumps to slump to 2-26.


Day four of the WA-Victoria match can be heard tomorrow on 91.3 Sport FM from 9AM following Sports Breakfast with Jacob Landsmeer and Wayne Clark, courtesy of cricket.com.au.


IMAGE: The West Australian.







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