Sparkling Green bats WA to safety
A fourth Sheffield Shield century in less than twelve months for star 21 year old Cameron Green has helped Western Australia to a position of safety after three days of their clash with New South Wales at Gladys Elphick Park in Adelaide.
Green made his highest first class score, finishing the day on 185 not out having resumed the day on 31, playing superbly to thwart a New South Wales bowling attack that featured Australian representatives Sean Abbott, Trent Copeland and Nathan Lyon, WA closing at 7-436, just seven behind New South Wales first innings score of 6-443 declared.
Sam Whiteman also reached his fifth first class century as he made 114, the pair adding 173 for the third wicket in a fine rearguard stand.
Whiteman and Green batted through the opening session without any real alarm, the Blues unable to break through to give themselves a look at the WA middle order.
The opener went to three figures before the break, clipping Lyon through midwicket for two to reach the milestone from 193 balls, having struck 15 boundaries.
He became Sean Abbott's third victim of the innings after lunch, Ashton Turner only able to make a laborious six off 35 balls before falling to Harry Conway.
Green continued on to his fourth first class century, having only made his maiden ton last November against Queensland at the Gabba.
Ashton Agar (25) hung around to add 67 as WA avoided the follow on, Agar out leg before wicket to Lyon after Tea to give the Australian off-spinner his first wicket of the match after more than 30 overs of toil.
In form wicket keeper batsman Josh Inglis lifted Lyon over the ropes to up the run rate but was involved in a mix up with Green to be run out for 15, Aaron Hardie departing to Lyon for five as he was also adjudged leg before wicket.
Green was the immovable object though, batting through the day to deny New South Wales an opportunity to grab a sizeable lead heading in to the final day, a draw a now almost certain result.
Green made 699 runs at an average of 63 last season, unable to bowl for most of the summer due to a back injury. He is yet to return to the bowling crease, playing in the side as a specialist batsman.
In the other Sheffield Shield match at Karen Rolton Oval Australian Test captain Tim Paine made his third first class hundred in compiling 111 not out for Tasmania against South Australia, fellow middle order batsman Jake Doran making a century of his own as the Tigers declared with a lead of 298 on the first innings.
South Australia are 2-93 in reply, needing to bat out most if not all of the final day to avoid an outright innings defeat.
IMAGE: Cricket Australia.