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Ben McDermott composed a crucial hand of 90

Ben McDermott composed a crucial hand of 90

South Australia vs Tasmania

After having restricted the opposition to a paltry score of 195 on the opening day, Tasmania managed to gain a sizeable lead of 116 runs on day 2 of the Sheffield Shield contest against South Australia in Adelaide.

South Australia had managed to get three early wickets as they had the opposition reeling at 15/3, but a pivotal partnership between Charlie Wakim (83) and Ben McDermott (90) led Tasmania's fightback. The pair added 154 runs for the fourth wicket and thereafter it was Jake Doran's knock of 82 that helped Tasmania stretch their lead beyond the 100-run mark.

Chadd Sayers and Kane Richardson were amongst the wickets, but the rest of the bowlers couldn't really make an impact, giving away the advantage to their opponents.

Brief Scores:Tasmania 311/5 (Ben McDermott 90, Charlie Wakim 83; Chadd Sayers 3/21) lead South Australia 195 (Harry Nielsen 64; Beau Webster 3/26) by 116 runs.

Western Australia vs New South Wales

Sam Whiteman's knock of 81 helped Western Australia put up a competitive show in reply to New South Wales who managed to post a massive first innings total of 443/6 in their first innings.

Moises Henriques dominated the opening day as he notched up an impressive century, and the contributions from their lower-middle order batsmen helped them stretch their total closer to the 450-run mark.

Not only did Peter Nevill and Sean Abbott score fifties, but they did that at a brisk rate. However, Whiteman's knock of 81* has kept Western Australia's hopes to erase that trail alive. The match is evenly poised after the opener's efforts, and with two days remaining, this match is probably heading towards a draw.

Brief Scores:New South Wales 443/6decl. (Moises Henriques 167, Daniel Solway 86; Ashton Ashton Agar 2/106) lead Western Australia 152/2 (Sam Whiteman 81*; Sean Abbott 2/42) by 291 runs.

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