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New South Wales vs Western Australia
Slow left-armer Steve O'Keefe bagged his 12th first class fifer, and finished with nine wickets in the match, to steer New South Wales to a victory by an innings and 51 runs over Western Australia in Sydney.
Having conceded a massive 198-run lead in the first innings, the visitors struggled to put forth a strong fightback. Cameron Bancroft played another solid knock, stroking his second fifty-plus on his return to first-class cricket, but didn't find adequate support from the other end.
He stroked a 263-ball 86 but only two other batsmen managed double-digit scores - Josh Inglis (22) and Joel Paris (11). Trent Copeland and Jason Sangha bagged a brace each as Western Australia folded up for 147 in their second essay.
The third victory of the season propelled New South Wales to the second spot on the points table.
Brief Scores: Western Australia 279 (Cameron Bancroft 138; Steve O'Keefe 4-78) & 147 (Cameron Bancroft 86, Steve O'Keefe 5-52) lost to New South Wales 477/8 decl. (Kurtis Patterson 134; Liam O'Connor 5-131) by an innings and 51 runs.
South Australia vs Tasmania
Tasmanaia lost only four wickets in their bid to chase down 110 against South Australia and register their third win of the season.
Jackson Bird's seven-fer put paid to South Australia's response in the second innings, which was led by Jake Weatherald's 150 as the hosts lost their last seven wickets for only 21 runs to be bowled out for 319. Thomas Rogers bagged the remaining three wickets in South Australia's second essay.
The victory has taken Tasmania to the third spot on the points table while South Australia continue to totter at the bottom without a win this season.
Brief Scores: South Australia 257 (Travis Head 50; Jackson Bird 4-53) & 319 (Jake Weatherald 150; Jackson Bird 7-59) lost to Tasmania 467 (Charlie Wakim 160; Joe Mennie 3-53) & 110/4 (Jordan Silk 36; Travis Head 2-33) by 6 wickets.
Victoria vs Queensland
Marcus Harris's 174 steered Victoria to a fine 3-wicket victory over Queensland and helped them register their fourth win of the season.
Chasing 304 for win, Harris led the chase after losing his opening partner for a duck. He stitched a 70-run stand with Nic Maddinson, but at 110 for 4, the hosts were still behind in the game. It took a 182-run alliance between Harris and Matthew Short to set the base for the win.
Mitchell Swepson bagged a four-fer, including the scalp of Harris, but it proved little as Victoria overcame the target with three wickets remaining.
Brief Scores: Queensland 441 (Charlie Hemphrey 93; Chris Tremain 3-93) & 202/7 decl. (Joe Burns 80; Jon Holland 5-72) lost to Victoria 344 (Nic Maddinson 108; Mitchell Swepson 4-76) & 304/7 (Marcus Harris 174; Mitchell Swepson 4-107) by 3 wickets
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