Sheffield Shield: Cameron Bancroft tons up after South Australia captain Travis Head’s double century
Western Australia had a big fight ahead of them after Travis Head’s maiden first-class double century on day two, but a perfectly timed triple-figure response from Cameron Bancroft has kept WA in the high-scoring Sheffield Shield clash.
The gritty Cameron double, Bancroft (102 not out) and Green (45 not out), produced an unbeaten 120-run third wicket partnership to give the hosts hope of staying in the game.
The Camerons safely guided WA to 2-192 at stumps at the WACA Ground, in pursuit of South Australia’s 8d-510.
Bancroft started confidently with three boundaries before fellow opener Sam Whiteman could even get off the mark.
The lack of strike saw Whiteman struggle to find any rhythm, surviving a confident lbw shout off Worrall before edging to former WA teammate Will Bosisto in the cordon for three.
The scalp was just reward for Worrall, who should’ve had Bancroft out for 14, had Harry Nielson held onto a regulation chance at slip in the fourth over.
The former Test opener made the most of his second chance, anchoring the innings with a composed knock that has so far featured 12 boundaries.
“I wasn’t really thinking about it after it went down, in cricket you win some and you lose some and luckily I was able to make the most of it which was nice,” Bancroft said.
“510 runs behind, you’ve got to play well to stay in the game. There was a little bit of pressure there but we’ve got good faith in our batting group. The wicket’s good, we’re in a good position now, there’s still a lot of work to do but we’ve given ourselves a chance to stay in the game which is nice.”
Dual reigning Domestic Player of the Year Marsh (24) was dismissed in unforgivable fashion on the stroke of tea, pumping a shin high full toss from Bosisto straight to mid-wicket.
WA will begin day three trailing by 318-runs.
Earlier, two overs was all it took for Redbacks skipper Head to notch the elusive milestone on day two, brought up with consecutive identical boundaries backward of point off left-armer Liam Guthrie.
Head needed just 214 deliveries for the double ton, on his way to a new career-high score of 223.
It was always going to take something special to end Head’s chanceless innings, with WA captain Shaun Marsh snaring a remarkable catch at first slip to eventually see him off.
Last season’s leading wicket-taker Cameron Gannon was the pick of the bowlers, finishing the innings with 3-119 off his 28 overs.
Western Australia’s seamers pushed back their lengths and showed greater discipline on day two, but the damage was already done as the score ticked over to 7-485 at lunch.
A 66-run eighth wicket partnership between Dan Worrall (39) and Jake Lehmann (43 not out) helped the Redbacks to 510, with the declaration coming as Matt Kelly finally broke the resistance early in the second session.
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