Whiteman leads WA reply
Western Australian opener Sam Whiteman has led WA’s response to NSW’s big first innings total 6-443 declared, undefeated on 81 at stumps on day two at Gladys Elphick Park in Adelaide.
At the close WA were 2-152 still 292 runs behind the Blues first innings total, Whiteman and Cameron Green (31*) adding an unbroken 81 runs for the third wicket.
Cameron Bancroft (23) and Shaun Marsh (6) were early casualties of the WA innings after NSW batted on in to the second session of day two, half centuries for Sean Abbott (60*) and captain Peter Nevill (56*) taking the score beyond 400.
Earlier Moises Henriques took his overnight score of 134 to 167, extending his partnership with Daniel Solway (86) to 244 before Ashton Agar removed the latter to break the alliance in the second hour of the opening session.
Henriques 276 ball stay came to a conclusion at the hands of Matt Kelly, Cameron Green completing the catch to end the former skipper’s outstanding knock, his 11th first class hundred.
Jason Sangha could only make seven before becoming Agar’s second scalp, giving WA something to smile about after a long four sessions in the field, having won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Nevill and Abbott added 118 for the sixth wicket to drive home the advantage, putting the foot down in the second session to set up a declaration with the best part of an hour remaining.
WA got to Tea without loss as openers Bancroft and Whiteman added a half century opening stand, but Abbott’s outstanding day continued early in the final session when he had Bancroft caught behind.
It was two wickets in two overs for the all-rounder when captain Marsh edged to third slip, smartly caught by Nick Larkin to give the Blues a huge breakthrough.
Whiteman steadied things for WA, playing his shots and putting pressure on the NSW bowlers on a wicket that was offering them little assistance.
The left hander took four boundaries from one Harry Conway over and was quick to use his feet against Nathan Lyon, reaching a splendid half century with nine fours.
Green was more sedate in compiling his knock, able to use his long reach to thwart the off spin of Lyon from around the wicket.
By the close the pair had added 81, but with plenty more work to do heading in to the third day of the contest.
Abbott has figures of 2-42 from his 13 overs at the bowling crease, bowling with pace and aggression to cause the WA batsmen some discomfort.
Play will resume at 8AM AWST, with live coverage on 91.3 Sport FM courtesy of cricket.com.au.
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