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Morris rips through Vics



A stunning spell either side of tea from tearaway quick Lance Morris has put Western Australia in a strong position after two days of their Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at the WACA Ground.


Morris claimed the wickets of set players Travis Dean (38) and Peter Handscomb (32) in the lead up to the Tea interval after Victoria had eased to 1-73 responding to WA's 9-391 declared, also claiming Nic Maddinson (2) moments after the interval as the home side grabbed control of the match.


Earlier in the day there were centuries for both Josh Inglis and Joel Paris as Western Australia batted to within 20 minutes of lunch, Inglis registering his third Shield century of the summer and his career to continue his rich vein of form, striking 16 boundaries in his 115.


Paris reached a maiden first class ton in a fine knock, having arrived at the crease with his side 6-201 and the game still in the balance, unbeaten on 102 from 155 balls with 12 fours and one six.


The declaration arrived with the dismissal of Cameron Gannon (10) sharply caught and bowled by the hard working Will Sutherland, who was the pick of the Victorian bowlers with 4-81 from 26 overs while Jon Holland bowled tidily with 3-106.


Victoria survived two overs before lunch unscathed but lost in form opener Marcus Harris after the break, caught at second slip by Cameron Bancroft off man of the moment Paris for just two.


Dean and Handscomb appeared to be batting the visitors to a comfortable position before Morris was injected in to the game in the 25th over of the innings, the fifth bowler called upon by Western Australia captain Shaun Marsh.


Regularly clocking speeds in excess of 145 km/hr the speedster trapped Dean in front leg before wicket for 38, before having Handscomb caught on the hook by Matt Kelly at fine leg, the top edge ending in the hands of the fielder as Victoria's captain was hurried for pace by a short delivery.


Maddinson chased a wide ball in the opening over after Tea and edged behind as the game changed complexion, Cameron Gannon having Matt Short caught behind for 6 as Victoria lost 4-12.


James Pattinson and Seb Gotch added 53 before Kelly removed both set batsmen, Pattinson edging to Marsh at first slip and Gotch miscuing a drive to Jake Carder at point.


The lower order hung in for Victoria with Sutherland (23*) and Scott Boland (20*) adding an unbroken 43 to take Victoria to stumps on day two at 7-186, still trailing by 205 runs and needing a further 56 to avoid the follow-on.


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IMAGE: The West Australian.