Western Australia 5 for 296 (Green 95*, Stoinis 79, Mennie 2-67) against South Australia
Exciting Western Australia allrounder Cameron Green has continued his outstanding recent form with an unbeaten 95 to dig the home side out of a hole against South Australia on day one at the WACA.
Marcus Stoinis also made an excellent 79 and shared a 122-run stand with Green after WA had slumped to 4 for 94 earlier in the day. Green struck 16 boundaries in a fluent innings, but was left five short of a second Sheffield Shield century when stumps were called.
WA battled early with two unusual dismissals accounting for new opening pair Jake Carder and Cameron Bancroft. Carder, on debut, chopped on trying to leave a ball outside off stump. Bancroft, having been released from the Test squad to play for WA, fell to a leg-gully trap for the fourth time in five innings when he glanced Joe Mennie to Jake Weatherald.
Shaun Marsh continued his sublime touch, cruising to 41 before gifting a return catch to Chadd Sayers. Captain Ashton Turner was Sayers’ second victim when he was caught behind. Sayers became the fifth South Australia bowler to take 250 wickets as WA teetered at 4 for 94.
But Green and Stoinis steadied the ship and looked like they would take the game away from the Redbacks until Stoinis was run out. He called for a single thinking he had beaten Wes Agar at point, but Agar produced a stunning diving save and return to the keeper in one motion, leaving Stoinis stranded after he was sent back by Green.
Josh Inglis picked up where Stoinis left off and helped Green move WA towards 300.
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