WA quicks declare three wickets every as Victoria lose 7 for 73 after Handscomb and Perry half-centuries
Western Australia 386 & 3 for 91 (Whiteman 45*, Boland 2-14) lead Victoria 306 (Handscomb 80, Perry 74, Pucovski 59, Hardie 3-54, Paris 3-95) by 171 runs
Victoria misplaced 7 for 73 to be all out for 306 after cruising to three for 233 simply earlier than lunch, butchering a chance to assert the bonus level lead after 100 overs and provides themselves the prospect to assert the Defend title within the occasion of a drawn match.
Victoria solely have themselves in charge for not taking the bonus level lead. The group with essentially the most bonus factors accrued throughout the primary 100 overs of the primary batting innings of each groups will win the Defend within the occasion of a drawn remaining. Factors are awarded for each batting and bowling, with 0.01 factors given for each run scored past 200 within the first 100 overs and 0.1 factors given for each wicket taken in the identical interval.
Beginning the day at 3 for 147 after 58 overs, Handscomb and Perry had batted by way of the primary 27 overs of the third morning with out bother, compiling a 91-run unbroken stand. However they solely scored 27 runs within the final 10 overs earlier than the second new ball. After 85 overs, with one over earlier than lunch, Victoria have been 3 for 233 needing to attain simply 45 runs extra off 15 overs with out loss to assert the bonus level lead. The one threat was that each misplaced wicket added 10 runs to the full required to surpass WA.
Handscomb, who had seemed untroubled, performed a uncommon false stroke, driving at a half-volley that was there to hit. Some late form and a brief stride ahead noticed him nick it to the keeper on the stroke of lunch.
Maddinson got here out with clear intent after the break smacking 5 boundaries in 11 balls to ease any pressure within the Victoria rooms. However like Handscomb, he was caught on the crease to a really full ball from Paris and drove down the unsuitable line to nick it to first slip.
That left nightwatchman Perry, who had reached his maiden first-class half-century however had slowed his scoring on 57 from 127 balls, and Merlo, in his fifth Defend match, to try to rating 36 runs off 54 balls with out loss.
However the pair confronted 23 consecutive dot balls in opposition to Paris and Matthew Kelly who each locked in a disciplined line and size. Merlo struck two boundaries off Paris to get the equation again to twenty-eight off 30.
Kelly delivered one other maiden to Perry, who had confronted 24 balls with out scoring because the finish of the 88th over. In addition to Perry had performed having been despatched in to guard Maddinson the evening earlier than, his incapacity to attain on the vital second proved very expensive.
WA almost introduced themselves undone having eliminated some slips briefly to arrange additional reinforcement within the ring. Perry nicked Kelly waist-high by way of a vacant first slip for 4 to depart Victoria needing 20 off 12. There was no mistake subsequent over with Paris delivering a magnificence from across the wicket to Merlo. He was drawn to play on the angle because it simply straightened a contact to catch the skin edge.
It left Victoria needing 30 off 11 they usually fell 18 runs quick, with WA claiming 1.67 bonus factors to Victoria’s 1.44. Victoria’s tail fell away. Sam Harper was trapped plumb in entrance shuffling throughout to a yorker-length supply from Lance Morris. Perry progressed properly to 74 having seemed like an assured top-order participant due to a collection of very good lower photographs, some sound drives and a strong ahead defence. However the categorical tempo of Morris and a cleverly positioned leg slip caused his demise as he leg-glanced straight to Paris.
Boland set about retaining Victoria within the sport with the ball, bagging first-innings centurion Cameron Bancroft with the third ball of WA’s second innings. Bancroft poked at a great size ball huge of off stump with out the sharp footwork of the primary innings to be caught behind for 0. Boland, Perry and Sutherland precipitated WA’s prime order no finish of issues because the ball seamed and bounced persistently with scoring turning into an increasing number of tough because the afternoon wore on.
Handscomb pulled a rabbit out of a hat after drinks bringing Brief on to Marsh after the part-time offspinner had claimed the veteran within the first innings. Brief made it two in two as Marsh meekly nicked a tossed up offbreak to slide first ball after drinks. Hilton Cartwright was tied down scoring simply 12 off 50 balls earlier than Boland discovered his exterior edge with one other very good supply that angled in and nipped away to catch the sting.
Whiteman was strong all through taking his alternatives once they have been introduced whereas defending and leaving beautifully. He guided WA to stumps alongside 17-year-old Teague Wyllie.
Alex Malcolm is an Affiliate Editor at ESPNcricinfo