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Head made 109 off 214 deliveries.

South Australia vs New South Wales, Adelaide

Travis Head's 109 helped South Australia reach 222 for 7 at stumps on Day 2, after New South Wales were bundled out for 289.

Resuming the day on 274 for 7, the visitors managed to add only 15 runs to their overnight score with Chadd Sayers bagging two of the last three wickets to fall. He finished with figures of 8 for 64. Daniel Solway, who had stroked a century on the opening day, remained unbeaten on 133.

In response, Trent Copeland's double strike had reduced South Australia to 68 for 3. However, Head revived the innings in company of Tom Cooper and Harry Nielsen, being the primary run-scorer in both the partnerships. He stroked nine boundaries en route his 11th first-class ton but fell in the last half an hour of play to Josh Hazlewood.

Brief Scores: New South Wales 289 (Daniel Solway 133*; Chadd Sayers 8-64) lead South Australia 222/7 (Travis Head 109, Tom Cooper 37; Harry Conway 2-43, Trent Copeland 2-62) by 67 runs.

Tasmania vs Victoria, Hobart

Jackson Bird's four-fer helped Tasmania bundle out Victoria for 237 in the second innings and the hosts went to stumps on day 3 at 31 for 2, in pursuit of the 139-run target.

Having conceded a 99-run lead in the first innings, the visitors put up a stronger batting display in the second essay courtesy half-centuries by Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb. Resuming the innings on 162 for 6, the lower order put up fighting displays with the bat to add 75 runs to their overnight score. Riley Meredith proved expensive with the ball, but picked three crucial wickets.

Tasmania lost the wickets of the openers in the slow last hour of play to Chris Tremain and Peter Siddle. Going into the final day's play, the hosts need 108 runs to win.

Brief Scores: Victoria 127 & 237 (Marcus Harris 60, Peter Handscomb 52; Jackson Bird 4-65, Riley Meredith 3-76) lead Tasmania 226 & 31/2 (Alex Doolan 16) by 107 runs.

Queensland vs Western Australia, Brisbane

Shaun Marsh's 77 helped Western Australia post 255 for 7 at stumps on Day 1 after being put in to bat by Queensland.

The visitors were in trouble early after having lost both their openers for ducks. However, Marsh steadied the ship in company of Marcus Stoinis as the duo held fort in the middle for 47 overs, putting on a 118-run partnership. The skipper stroked 13 boundaries in the course of his 167-ball vigil.

Cameron Gannon was the pick of the bowlers, snaring four wickets, with the last three coming in a three-over spell in the last session. The visitors were reduced to 171 for 7 before Cameron Green and Jhye Richardson bailed them out with an unbeaten 84-run alliance.

Brief Scores: Western Australia 255/7 (Shaun Marsh 77, Cameron Green 50*; Cameron Gannon 4-74, Michael Neser 2-45) vs Queensland.

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