Shaun Marsh-Cartwright century stand props up Western Australia

Western Australia 7 for 285 (Shaun Marsh 63, Cartwright 61, Bird 2-46) v Tasmania

The 111-run second-wicket stand between Shaun Marsh and Hilton Cartwright propped up Western Australia at the WACA, only for them to slide from 2 for 170 to 7 for 258 on day one against Tasmania. Tasmania’s rally was crafted by the pacers, who shared the wickets around; Jackson Bird, Sam Rainbird and Gabe Bell picked up two apiece as the hosts closed the day on 7 for 285.

Being put in to bat first, Western Australia lost opener Cameron Bancroft cheaply – for 18. The century stand followed, as Shaun Marsh extended his fine form from the JLT Cup in the company of Cartwright. Captain Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner failed to build partnerships in the middle as Bird and Rainbird struck.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, batting on 36, would look to lead the lower-order resistance come day two.

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