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  1. Scotland 146 for 6 (Coetzer 54, Vala 1-21) beat Papua New Guinea 142 for 9 (Vanua 33, Tahir 3-24) by four runs Playing their third match in three days in the Dubai heat, Papua New Guinea looked on track to maintain a perfect record at the T20 World Cup Qualifier. But they ran out of gas after Mark Watt's double-strike in the 13th over turned the tide towards their opponents in a dramatic four-win win for Scotland on Monday. Chasing a target of 147, PNG were 81 for 2 in 12 overs before Watt's intervention. After he had been driven for two sixes in the opening over of the chase by Assad Vala, Watt bounced back with a maiden in the sixth before an over that won the match for Scotland, at least according to PNG captain Vala and Scotland stand-in captain Richie Berrington - Kyle Coetzer didn't take the field after his first-innings fifty due to dehydration. Charles Amini drove the second ball to Calum MacLeod at long-off for 9 before Lega Siaka was bowled on an attempted drive next ball for 31. Fellow left-arm spinner Hamza Tahir built off the Watt breakthroughs with two more wickets of his own in the 15th, bowling Riley Hekuru playing over the top of a pull before Sese Bau slogged a short ball to sub fielder Michael Leask at deep midwicket to make it 94 for 6. PNG never stopped fighting though allrounder Norman Vanua rallied on. With 26 needed off two overs, Jason Kila pulled Safyaan Sharif for back-to-back fours before Vanua clubbed a full toss for six over long-on, his second of the innings, to take the target down to nine off the last over. But Josh Davey was immaculate at the death. Kila pulled the first ball to George Munsey at deep midwicket before Vanua couldn't get enough power behind a lofted drive taken by Tom Sole at long-on. The last-wicket pair of Nosaina Pokana and Damien Ravu could only manage four off the last four balls. Coetzer had anchored Scotland's innings grinding his way to a 42-ball half-century in the stifling heat. Outside of Munsey's assault on Bau's offspin in the second over - twin reverse sweeps for four and six - Coetzer didn't get much support during the innings. Munsey fell in the fourth to a skied drive to mid-off before Vanua trapped MacLeod for a four-ball duck in the next over, putting pressure back on Scotland in the Powerplay. Coetzer found his release shots slogging a pair of sixes over long-on to push Scotland forward. He finally fell in the 17th, slogging Amini's legspin flat to Pokana at long-off. Matthew Cross then provided a crucial late burst, striking a six and four fours across the final four overs, to get Scotland up to a total that proved to be just enough in the end.
  2. Joe Root has insisted that the introduction of the Hundred will help England in their bid to retain the World Cup in 2023. Some have suggested that the new competition will reduce England's competitiveness in ODI cricket as their leading white-ball players will no longer be available for the domestic 50-over tournament, which is scheduled at the same time as the Hundred. But Root feels the benefits of exposing young English players to some of the best overseas players in the world will outweigh any such issues. "By playing the Hundred, you're exposing our next generation of players to play against some of the best players in the world," Root told ESPNcricinfo. "Regardless of the format that will be more influential and have more of an impact. "Look at the guys in the current white-ball team who have gone off to play in the IPL: they've come back better players for it. I feel the Hundred will have a similar impact on more English players. Not just the top end guys, but on the next group of players that are on the fringe of the international teams. And, on the back of it, they'll have more opportunity to play elsewhere, too. "Of course it's important we look after our 50-over cricket and, long-term, don't let it slide off a cliff. But I don't think playing the Hundred will dilute our chances of winning the next World Cup
  3. South Africa 9 for 2 (Shami 1-0, Umesh 1-4) trail India 497 (Rohit 212, Rahane 115, Linde 4-133) by 488 runs It's difficult to see this Test match developing any differently to the previous two in this series. India have done what they did in Visakhapatnam and Pune, piling on the runs, although they declared when the total was under 500 in Ranchi. South Africa have done what they did at those venues too, by bowling inconsistently, conceding heavily and then being handicapped in response. At 8 for 2, this is their worst start yet and, barring something truly special, it appears only a matter of time before they are whitewashed. Watch cricket on ESPN+ India v South Africa is available in the US on Hotstar and ESPN+. Subscribe to ESPN+ and tune in to the Ranchi Test. Rohit Sharma, the star of India's innings, enhanced his reputation further after scoring two centuries in his first Test as an opener in Visakhapatnam. Rohit doubled up in Ranchi, to become the third double-centurion in the series for India, surpassing 500 runs for the series. He also took his batting average at home up to 99.84, just above Don Bradman's 98.22. Shining alongside him were Ajinkya Rahane, who brought up his first hundred at home since 2016, Ravindra Jadeja, who added a second half-century at No.6 and Umesh Yadav, whose 31 off 10 balls allowed Virat Kohli to declare in time to let India's quicks loose on South Africa's openers.
  4. With the men's squads for the Hundred largely settled following the first player draft in British sporting history and the women's squads beginning to take shape, we take a look just who makes up the eight teams in the new 100-ball competition, to be played in July-August 2020. But, a few things first ... Who picked the squads? The head coaches went into the men's player draft armed with their wish lists, compiled in consultation with their team analysts and backroom staff. They had two windows of 100 seconds each per round - there were seven rounds - in which to make their picks. Each side had already chosen or been allocated one England Test player plus two 'local icons' who had spent the 2019 season with a county in their catchment area. Who entered the draft? A fairly comprehensive list of domestic and overseas players put their names forward, with teams allowed to choose a maximum of three overseas players. So are the squad complete then? Not quite. Each team can award a £30,000 contract (the minimum salary band) to one more 'wildcard' player following next season's Vitality Blast. What about the women's squads? With no player draft for the women, teams are selected by their respective head coaches. Each team has already signed two England-contracted players and one 'marquee' pick, announced on the night of the men's draft. Teams have until the end of May 2020 to finalise their squads.
  5. Despite a solid platform of 93 for 2 in the 16th over, Hong Kong suffered a middle-order collapse at the back-end of their first innings to finish with only 116 for 7 in their 20 overs against United Arab Emirates. In response, UAE made swift work of the target, chasing it down with 29 balls to spare and eight wickets in hand. The margin of victory lifted UAE to the top of Group B, although that may just be temporary. UAE's chase was spearheaded by the 93-run second-wicket stand between opener Chirag Suri and No. 3 Rameez Shahzad. After their captain Rohan Mustafa fell in the fourth over, the duo combined to strike nine fours and four sixes in their 67-ball stand to sniff out any hope of victory that Hong Kong may have had. Shahzad's 37-ball 54 was his highest T20I score, while Suri's 43-ball 44 brought the opener back into form, something UAE were missing from him at the start of the tournament. Hong Kong pacer Kyle Christie took both UAE wickets, but his dismissal of Shahzad in the 15th over was a mere formality. Three deliveries after the dismissal, Suri found the boundary to seal their second win in three games. That UAE had to chase only 117 was thanks to their varied bowling attack. Junaid Siddique set the tone with the new ball in the first innings, conceding only nine runs in his two overs. With the run-rate hovering below six, openers Ahmad Abbasi and Nizakat Khan perished to left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza and medium-pacer Waheed Ahmed respectively inside 12 overs. A brief recovery then followed, with Kinchit Shah (30) and the captain Aizaz Khan (19) upping the scoring rate, but with both set batsmen falling in the death overs, their new batsmen failed to generate the momentum needed to put a total that would appear challenging. Mustafa's spell of 2 for 17, including two wickets for only two runs in the 20th over, made him the game's most economical bowler. The result meant that Hong Kong's chances of qualifying for the semi-finals took a big blow while UAE's win has only strengthened their shout for a final-four spot.
  6. Straighten against the angle, beat the outside edge, hit the top of off stump. You'd usually be lucky to see three such deliveries in a series, but we saw three on Monday itself. Who did it best? Was it Umesh Yadav to Faf du Plessis in the first innings, because the batsman seemed to be in a pretty good position to play the ball, and was still left clueless? Was it Ravindra Jadeja to Heinrich Klaasen, because of the trajectory and the length, which drew the batsman forward and still left him far, far away from the pitch of the ball? Or was it Mohammed Shami to Zubayr Hamza in the second innings, because, well, because of that Mohammed Shami seam position? If you relax the qualifying criteria a little, there was also Umesh to Quinton de Kock in the second innings, which went past the left-hander's outside edge to hit off stump without deviating against the angle, and Shami to du Plessis, a jaffa like all the other balls, turning the batsman around and hitting his back pad. For India, it wasn't just a 16-wicket day, rare as those are, but also one filled with memorable deliveries, especially from the fast bowlers. It's been written about before that India's quicks have outbowled South Africa's through this series, and on Monday, Umesh and Shami perhaps hit their peak. There isn't much that a batting team can do against this kind of bowling. You can nitpick at the footwork - or lack of it - that contributed to some of these dismissals, but do remember how well the fast bowlers used the bouncers to push the batsmen back. ALSO READ: Umesh and Shami revel in toss advantage Except, well, isn't this a challenge top-order batsmen know very well, and one they deal with through their careers? South Africa's batsmen, in particular, have grown up facing fast, hostile bowling all their lives. And yet. Most teams come to India prepared to face a lot of spin. South Africa are no exception to this, and in their very first innings of the tour, in Visakhapatnam, they showed how alive they were to that challenge by playing proactive cricket and using calculated risks to try and put the spinners off their lengths. Hamza, playing his first Test of the series, looked at ease against spin in the first innings, his footwork light and decisive, and his strokeplay emphatic, until he was dismissed attempting to cut Jadeja off his stumps. It was clear that he too had prepared extensively to deal with India's spinners. But as comfortable as some of South Africa's batsmen - and even their lower order - have looked against the spinners, they've all been undone time and again by pace.
  7. Australia's tour of the West Indies, which begins with the opening ODI in Antigua on Thursday, is a chance for them to explore the depth they have available ahead of a home season which will place significant demands on the players. Though the core of the squad is similar to the one that retained the Ashes, there are new faces in Heather Graham and Erin Burns while there will be an opportunity for those who had a fringe role in England to have more game time with 14 players on the trip. This tour, which includes three ODIs and three T20Is, continues a hectic period for Australia's women cricketers coming just a month after they completed the Ashes tour and is followed shortly after they return home with ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka. They will then be involved in the first standalone WBBL, running from mid-October to early December, before international cricket resumes at the end of January with a T20I tri-series involving England and India which acts as preparation for the T20 World Cup in late February. The season then concludes with a tour of South Africa. It all adds up to an unprecedented workload for the players - something coach Matthew Mott has acknowledged is likely to require rotation - and this series in the Caribbean will be an opportunity to further expand the pool of players Mott and captain Meg Lanning feel comfortable calling on. With Nicole Bolton and Elyse Villani out, there are also fewer top-order batting options than were available in England which will put more onus on the likes of Lanning and Alyssa Healy while also allowing the allrounders to play a leading role with the bat. "We'll definitely need to have another allrounder given the balance of the squad but those players can be genuine bats at times; Nicola Carey, Heather Graham, Jess Jonassen, they can all bat extremely well and would fit into our middle order really well," Lanning said. "We aren't too worried about that, we think it's a great opportunity for them to come in and play some good cricket but at the same time it's important our top order will do the job." While there are Women's Championship points on offer for the ODIs - which go towards qualification for 2021 World Cup - the T20Is, which follow are a further opportunity to hone skills ahead of next year's T20 World Cup where Australia will be defending champions on home soil.
  8. Australia women 8 for 281 (Lanning 73, Mooney 66, Haynes 56, Prabodhani 2-46, Ranasinghe 2-76) beat Sri Lanka women 124 (Siriwardene 30, Gardner 2-9, Vlaeminck 2-14, Jonassen 2-17) by 157 runs An all-round team effort from Australia earned them a 157-run victory in the first ODI against Sri Lanka at Allan Border Field. Three of the Australian top five posted half-centuries, with Meg Lanning's 73 the top score, before five bowlers shared the wickets. Given the high standards set by the Australians, they will be disappointed no one was able to convert into three figures with Rachael Haynes and Beth Mooney also falling when set to push for a century. With the ball, Ellyse Perry set the tone with a wicket in the opening over while Tayla Vlaeminck again stood out with her pace and Ash Gardner collected 2 for 9 from nine overs. Sri Lanka enjoyed a moment of early success when they removed the in-form Alyssa Healy for 8, three days after her world record T20I innings of 148 not out. This time, Healy got a leading edge which was well taken in her follow through by Achini Kulasuriya. The innings was then set on course by a second-wicket stand of 126 in 21 overs between Haynes and Lanning. After the two had played themselves in, a standout feature was their footwork to the spinners and Lanning, who reached her half-century off 47 balls, collected 12 boundaries to have a century for the taking. Having removed Lanning, Sri Lanka then enjoyed a good period as wicketkeeper Anushka Sanjeewani took an excellent catch to remove Haynes when she advanced down the pitch. Perry, who had precious little time in the middle during the T20Is, passed 3000 ODI runs before being run out when her bat bounced in the air before crossing the crease, and Gardner was caught at square leg after confirmation from the third umpire that Shahikala Siriwardene had just got her fingers under the ball.
  9. Australia women's nine-wicket win in the final ODI over Sri Lanka women at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Wednesday was a world record - their 18th win in a row in the format, surpassing the run by the team led by Belinda Clark between 1997 and 1999. Meg Lanning, the captain of the record-setting team, was modest at the post-match press interaction, but conceded that it was a "very special" achievement. "It's a special group to be a part of, especially over the last couple of years, probably since that 2017 World Cup [they lost in the semi-final to India] - it was a turning point for our group and we really did change a few things around, and we needed to, to be in the position we are now," Lanning said. "Everyone's put in a lot of hard work to get to this point, and to be able to get the record off the Belinda Clark team is certainly very special because there have been some amazing cricketers who have come before us. "We speak a lot about making sure we look back at the past and understand what has come before us, because they certainly laid the foundation for where we are today. It's important that we recognise that." "The WBBL prepares you extremely well for international cricket, it gets you in front of crowds, on TV, and the style of cricket is great as well. I've got no doubt that that's lifted the ability within our team"Alyssa Healy The latest win was as commanding as you'd expect from this team. First, Nicola Carey and Jess Jonassen kept things tight and Georgia Wareham and Megan Schutt picked up a couple of wickets each to keep Sri Lanka to 8 for 195 despite Chamari Atapattu's 103. Then Alyssa Healy came out to bash an unbeaten 76-ball 112 and, with Rachael Haynes hitting 63 and Lanning 20 not out in 11 balls, the target was crossed in 26.5 overs. The series was wrapped up 3-0, and the lead at the top of the Women's Championship table over England has now stretched to eight points (from one fewer game). "It's something we have made a bit of a habit of, of finishing off series really well," Lanning said. "I know there's been a lot of talk in the media about the record, but I can honestly say that within our group, we haven't really spoken about it. We go into every game to try to win it. So it was no different today. So to finish it off in style was a great effort. We spoke about making sure we do that because we do sort of split up now as a group [for the Women's Big Bash League]. I thought everyone did a great job, the bowlers especially, and Midge [Healy] and Rach with the bat." Adding a bit of flavour to the record-breaking win was Clark's presence at the Field. Healy joked, "She just turns up at the opportune times! It's the end of the series, and hey, there's Belinda!" Lanning, meanwhile, pointed out that Clark had set yet another target for the team: "She sent me a message saying that her team only lost two games out of 33, so we need to keep going. So we've got one record, but we need to make sure we keep going. So we're under strict instructions." Not just that, there's one more record up for the Australians to target: the most ODI wins in a row, irrespective of gender, which currently stands at 21 in the name of the Australia men's team, achieved between January and May 2003 under Ricky Ponting. That has to wait, though, because of the WBBL, as Australia next play ODI cricket in March in South Africa. "We'll give it a crack," Lanning promised
  10. Picture this: You're driving to the airport from your home in St. Kitts with two plane tickets in your inbox. One ticket will take you through Miami, then on to Los Angeles for a USA national team training camp and potentially a central contract. The other ticket will take you through Miami, then on to Toronto for the Global T20 Canada and a gateway to franchise T20 cricket. What would you do? It was a dilemma faced by 27-year-old Hayden Walsh Jr. one morning in late July. Three months later, he is preparing to play for Barbados Tridents in the CPL final as the tournament's leading wicket-taker. It doesn't take a genius to figure out which path he wound up taking. "Trust me, it never occurred to me before that I would be in this position," Walsh Jr. told ESPNcricinfo on Friday from Trinidad ahead of the CPL final against undefeated Guyana Amazon Warriors. "I never would have told you I would be the leading wicket-taker this year. I thought I would have a good year in CPL, but not this great. It was just about trying to get into the starting XI and trying to cement a place but I did more than that." But if not for a twist of fate, his incredible tournament for the Tridents might never have happened. By the time he got to the airport and checked in on that July morning in Basseterre, he still wasn't sure which way he would go. "I left St. Kitts with two seats on the plane," Walsh Jr. said. "When I got to Miami, I had to decide whether I was going to go to the L.A. gate or the Toronto gate." *** When Hayden Walsh Jr. was first drafted into the USA team in November 2018 for WCL Division Three, everything was a breath of fresh air. No longer was he buried in the Barbados franchise set-up behind two West Indies spinners in Jomel Warrican and Ashley Nurse. "Barbados has nine players on the West Indies team and I would literally play three out of ten games a year," he told ESPNcricinfo in March while on tour in Dubai with USA to play their maiden T20Is against UAE. Since making himself available for USA, he was getting opportunities not just to bowl but to bat higher up in the middle-order as well and was making the most of those opportunities to became a very dependable player for USA on their march to ODI status at WCL Division Two in Namibia this past April. In February, he had asked to be released from his Barbados first-class contract. As far as he was concerned, he had pushed his stack of chips to the center of the table and was going all-in with USA. "I'm looking forward to a USA contract once we get ODI status," Walsh Jr. said. "I'm actually looking forward to a USA contract at the end of Division Two, once we qualify."
  11. That brings us to the end of round 4, and despite the fact we didn't get as many results as we'd like, we got some notable performances. The nature of the pitches mean they all came with the bat. Rizwan's hundred means he pushes his case for the Test series against Australia, while Shan's almost certainly seals his place as Pakistan's first choice red ball opener. Asad Shafiq got some runs he badly needed, but not too much joy for the bowlers, or for Sindh, who slumped to a huge defeat at South Punjab's hands.
  12. Stumps Queensland 153 all out & 5 for 186 (Burns 52, Labuschagne 48, Copeland 2-39) lead New South Wales 9 for 288 dec (Warner 125, Bertus 53, Gannon 5-94, Neser 2-56) by 51 runs A fighting half-century from Joe Burns helped Queensland hold off New South Wales' charge to victory momentarily on a rain-affected third day at the Gabba. Only 63 overs were possible on the third day after the game was delayed due to the rain that had fallen overnight. The Blues declared their innings closed on their overnight score to lead by 135 runs. The Bulls second innings started cautiously and they lost Matt Renshaw lbw to Trent Copeland with the total on 22. Copeland trapped the left-hander on the front foot from around the wicket despite Renshaw getting a good stride forward. Usman Khawaja made an elegant 24 with four boundaries before being undone by Sean Abbott. The right-arm quick angled in from around the wicket and nipped one away to scratch the outside edge as Khawaja was half-forward. Burns and Marnus Labuschagne steadied with a 56-run stand and all but erased the lead. But after reaching a patient half-century, with just four boundaries, Burns was tempted into driving Copeland only to edge it to second slip where Steve Smith held a comfortable catch. That sparked a mini-collapse as the Bulls lost 3 for 32. Harry Conway continued his form from the first innings to take his tally to seven wickets for the match. The first was fortunate with Charlie Hemphrey strangled down the leg-side. The second was a superb piece of bowling, finding the edge of Sam Heazlett with one that angled in and nipped away late. Labuschagne held firm making a composed unbeaten 48 to steer the Bulls to stumps alongside Jimmy Peirson who remained on 21.
  13. When most of us think of CPL star power on the domestic player front, the first names that roll off the tongue are of Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine and the like. But this year's tournament has suggested that a change of guard maybe on the cards, with none of those big names taking part in the final, to be played between perennial bridesmaids Guyana Amazon Warriors and a resurgent Barbados Tridents. In past years, the Amazon Warriors have fallen short after building their team around overseas stars like Rashid Khan, Martin Guptill and Chris Lynn. Most of their additions during draft time in 2019 may have flown under the radar, but coach Johan Botha has cultivated incredible chemistry to produce the most remarkable winning streak in CPL history, currently standing at 11 matches. Yes, the Amazon Warriors have their share of established talent. Captain Shoaib Malik has provided metronomic consistency in the middle order with 313 runs at an average of 78.25. Imran Tahir's manic sprints have shown few signs of slowing down with each wicket celebration, leading the team with 15 scalps. Chris Green has been miserly and incisive with his new-ball offspin. Nicholas Pooran, Sherfane Rutherford and Shimron Hetmyer have provided the muscle and flair to give them the late kick when needed. ALSO READ: Amazon Warriors' perfect ten, and other remarkable T20 streaks But their improbable record is equally due to the contributions from a number of unheralded and often underappreciated players. Brandon King was taken in the ninth round of the 2019 draft in the traditional US$ 15,000 slot but he is the tournament's leading scorer with 453 runs. Romario Shepherd was taken a round later in the US$ 10,000 position but has needled opposition batsmen with 12 wickets to stem momentum in the middle overs. Chandrapaul Hemraj lasted until round 13 in a US$ 5,000 slot, yet has been a handy foil for King at the top of the order and has also chipped in with key overs of left-arm spin in the powerplay, like the 3 for 15 to plough through the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders. The Tridents' record has a few more blemishes, but their formula to reach the final has not been much different. Johnson Charles, discarded by West Indies in 2016, has powered their starts with a team-leading 376 runs. In the same vein as Malik, Tridents captain Jason Holder has been a source of inspiration not just with his 14 wickets, third-highest in the tournament, but for shrewd bowling changes and some special fielding, especially at long-on and long-off in the slog overs. Though the management misfired with their first overall selection at the draft in the form of Alex Hales, who has yet to score a fifty, coach Phil Simmons has made wise decisions in his choice of replacement players after the draft. Shakib Al Hasan's nuggety knocks and tidy spells have been a late-season bonus. JP Duminy has been a reassuring presence in the middle order and fired the tournament's fastest fifty against the Knight Riders. Harry Gurney's variations have thrown big-hitters out of sync at the death. The Tridents' bargain shopping has trumped the Amazon Warriors' by some distance too. Raymon Reifer, who iced the semi-final against the Knight Riders by trapping Seekkuge Prasanna for his tenth wicket of the season, was taken in round 14 for US$ 5000. The Tridents mined a diamond in the final round with their US$ 3000 ICC Americas pick, taking USA's Hayden Walsh Jr., who is not only the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 21 in eight matches, but has been the event's most electric fielder. Just ask Pollard, who fell victim to a momentum-shifting run-out by Walsh Jr. on Thursday night. Saturday night might not be as raucous an occasion at the Brian Lara Academy without the host franchise involved. But there's no doubt it will be a memorable one as the Amazon Warriors pursue perfection while the Tridents try to pull off an upset.
  14. Andy Flower has left the ECB after 12 years at the organisation. Flower, who led England to their first men's ICC tournament win in 2010 and their first away Ashes win since 1986-87 later in that year, was first employed as Peter Moores' assistant coach in 2007. He became head coach in 2009, and after stepping down following the disastrous 2013-14 Ashes campaign, took up a role as 'technical director of elite cricket', giving him responsibility for the England Lions team. An ECB statement said that Flower had left "to pursue other opportunities", and he said that he would still be based in England. Flower described his time at the ECB as "a real privilege", and picked out the World T20 win in 2010, the away Ashes win, and victory in the 2012-13 series in India as three highlights. Flower also gave his backing to new England coach Chris Silverwood. "I'm really happy for Chris that he's getting the chance to lead England and I think he's going to do a great job," he said. "I also want to wish Mo Bobat, the new performance director, all the best in his new role." Flower hinted that he was more likely to return to the game with a coaching role at a T20 franchise than in the international game. "I haven't had a sustained break for quite a long time," he said. "I will still be based in England and I will continue to watch English cricket very keenly - it has a very bright future."
  15. Stumps Western Australia 337 and 2 for 148 (Shaun Marsh 74*, Mitchell Marsh 51*) lead Tasmania 397 (Paine 121, Jewell 52, Richardson 3-58) by 88 runs Tim Paine's century, only his second in his 125th first-class appearance, helped Tasmania edge ahead of Western Australia in the first-innings exchanges across at WACA, as they finished on 397 in response to the home side's 337. By close of play on the third day, though, the Marsh brothers Shaun and Mitchell had both hit half-centuries to put their team 88 runs in front. The day began with Paine and Caleb Jewell in the middle and Tasmania 5 for 217, still 120 runs adrift. The two of them stretched their partnership to 80 runs, Jewell hitting his maiden fifty at this level along the way, to keep them in the race but when Joel Paris sent back Jewell for 52, they were still well in arrears at 6 for 256. Paine was in his stride by then, but lost Sam Rainbird and Jackson Bird cheaply, and it took debutant Lawrence Neil-Smith's solid, and obdurate, support for Paine to not only get to his own landmark but also haul Tasmania in front. The two of them held firm for almost 37 overs, adding 111 runs together, before Paine fell miscuing a pull off Jhye Richardson. Paine made 121, scored off 208 balls with 13 fours and a six. Australia's Test captain had last made it to three-digits in a first-class match back in October 2006, when he was just 21, and it was an innings that promised big things as he went on to hit 215 in what was his fifth first-class outing, also at the WACA. It has taken him almost 13 years and 120 matches to get there again. Interestingly, Justin Langer, coach and confidante to Paine in the senior Australia men's team now, was opening the batting for Western Australia in that match. No.11 Riley Meredith hung around for 23 balls but scored not a run before Ashton Agar accounted for him, leaving Neil-Smith unbeaten on 39, scored over 150 balls. That made it an excellent debut for the 20-year-old, who had returns of 3 for 81 in the first Western Australia innings. He was back trapping Sam Whiteman lbw for 16, after Bird had jolted Western Australia with a first-ball strike to dismiss Cameron Bancroft, caught by George Bailey, to leave the scoreboard at 2 for 36 after 15 overs. But Shaun Marsh and captain Mitchell Marsh, Nos. 3 and 4 respectively, then proceeded to add 112 runs in 28 overs in their unbroken third-wicket association to open up the game again. Both of them scored at a healthy clip. Shaun got to his half-century first, and ended the day on 74 from 146 balls, with nine fours and a six, while Mitchell scored relatively quicker, his 51 coming from 79 balls with nine fours.