Tasmania 226 and 2 for 82 (Silk 46 *, Doran 13, Green 1-6) lead Western Australia 243 (Marsh 80, Cartwright 35, Bell 3-45) for 65 races
Australia's test hitter, Shaun Marsh, made his first test opportunities with a fluid 80 against Tasmania on a day when bowlers they dominated the WACA.
Marsh played some exquisite punches both in the front and back between his 17 limits. Everything that was outdone was driven with conviction and he went wild with anything short, cutting and pulling with trademark ease. He faced 140 balls for his 80s and threatened to take the game away from the Tigers before falling to Sam Rainbird, cutting a simple catch to cover a ball that could have had a fraction on the surface.
WA did not capitalize on the Marsh entries, as the ball continued to spin and sew all day in a field that still retained healthy grass coverage.
The Warriors were sent off with a slim lead of 17 and that was solely due to a 10-run partnership of 10 runs between Matt Kelly and David Moody. The five Tasmanian sailors picked up a window, with Gabe Bell taking 3 for 45, including the windows of Hilton Cartwright and the Marcus Stoinis form.
WA made early inroads to put Tasmania under pressure in the search to establish a fourth goal of tickets. Jhye Richardson caught Alex Doolan in the second slip, while Cameron Green knocked out Beau Webster at a good price for the second time in the game to leave the Tigers two down and only 14 runs in front.
But Jordan Silk and Jake Doran stabilized. Silk moved to 46 not close, while Doran faced 52 balls for his 13 undefeated.
Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer living in Perth
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