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Travis Head is unbeaten on 72

Queensland vs New South Wales, Brisbane

New South Wales kept themselves in the game despite being bowled out for 150 in the first innings with an all-round performance on the second day. They bowled out Queensland for 185, with Sean Abbott and Trent Copeland taking three wickets each, before Daniel Hughes and Moises Henriques shared an unbeaten 50-run stand to take the team to 103/2 at Stumps.

Resuming at 67/4, Queensland kept losing wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 185. They would have been bowled out for much fewer had it not been for some vital lower order contributions, with Jimmy Pearson and Mark Steketee scoring 41 each to give their side a narrow lead.

Needing a better performance than their first innings, NSW got off to a bad start, losing Nick Larkin in the third over. Kurtis Patterson too fell soon after, but Hughes notched up a patient fifty while Henriques gave him good company to take NSW to safer shores.

Brief Scores: New South Wales 150 & 103/2 (Daniel Hughes 50*, Luke Feldman 1-22) lead Queensland 185 (Mark Steketee 41, Trent Copeland 3-49) by 68 runs.

Western Australia vs South Australia, Perth

Another 14-wicket day followed the first at Perth as South Australia eked ahead of their opponents South Australia. Western Australia ended the day at 218/8, with Travis Head at the forefront of their revival with 72 not out, after they had bowled out South Australia for 157.

Resuming at 75/4, SA were unable to plug their collapse as Nick Winter (4-23) and Daniel Worrall (3-60) ran riot. Josh Phillippe's 47 helped SA close in on WA's total of 159, but they fell short by two runs.

WA looked far more composed batting the second time and put themselves in a position of strength at 133/3, with Head playing a fine innings. However, a major collapse followed with WA losing five wickets for 36 runs to end the day at 218/8, an overall lead of 220.

Brief Scores: Western Australia 159 & 218/8 (Travis Head 72*, Matthew Kelly 4-55) lead South Australia 157 (Josh Phillippe 47, Nick Winter 4-23) by 220 runs.

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