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Will Pucovski top scored as Victoria managed a slender lead.

Tasmania vs New South Wales, Hobart

Lower order contributions from Trent Copeland (30) and Sean Abbott (47) helped New South Wales post 375 on the second day of their Sheffield Shield encounter. After starting on 311 for 7, the visitors lost Copeland even before adding a run to the overnight total. However, Baxter Holt and Abbott scored 62 for the ninth wicket to take the team past 370.

Bad light stopped play after Tasmania reached 117 for 2 - losing Jordan Silk and Charlie Wakim - in the 46.5 overs they batted. Alex Doolan was unbeaten 54 before the stumps were drawn as they reduced to the deficit to 258.

Brief scores: New South Wales 375 (Nick Larkin 67; Jackson Bird 3-85) lead Tasmania 117/2 (Alex Doolan 54) by 258 runs.

South Australia vs Victoria, Adelaide

Half-centuries from Will Pucovski, Seb Gotch and Matthew Short helped Victoria end with a 20-run lead on the second day after posting 280 for 8. Reduced to 30 for 2, Pucovski and Gotch scored 144 for the third wicket to put the side in a strong position in pursuit of South Australia's 260. Travis Head dismissed Pucovski as the slide started with Victoria losing wickets at regular intervals. They slipped from 267 for 4 to 271 for 8 at one stage as the late fightback helped South Australia stay in the contest.

Brief scores: South Australia 260 (Travis Head 67, tom Andrews 59; James Pattinson 3-52, Chris Tremain 3-38) trail Victoria 280/8 (Will Pucovski 82; Chadd Sayers 3-49) by 20 runs.

Western Australia vs Queensland, Perth

Half-centuries from skipper Mitchell Marsh (73 not out) and Cameron Bancroft (52) have helped Western Australia to a strong 224/4 in their second innings at stumps on Day 2, extending their lead over Queensland to 187 runs. Unlike in the first innings, WA put up a much better batting display with Bancroft and Sam Whiteman putting on 67 for the opening partnership. Couple of wickets from there at regular intervals saw WA reduced to 121 for 3 but Marsh and Hilton Cartwright (41) combined for a 74-run stand for the fourth wicket to put their team in the lead. Earlier in the day, it was Sam Heazlett's half-century and Michael Nesser's handy contribution of 42 that helped Queensland to a slender lead in the first innings, finishing on 175 in reply to WA's 138.

Brief scores: Western Australia 138 and 224/4 (Mitchell Marsh 73*, Cameron Bancroft 52, Hilton Cartwright 41; Luke Feldman 2-36) lead Queensland 175 (Sam Heazlett 68, Michael Neser 42; Aaron Hardie 4-29) by 187 runs.

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