Youngsters Shine as Warriors Fire Up
6 February 2013  
Two players notched up maiden first class fifties and a long-standing record was broken as the Warriors took control of the Bupa Sheffield Shield match against the Bulls at the Gabba.
 
The visitors were well served by their middle and lower order as they set the hosts a mammoth victory target of 440 in four sessions. The Bulls had wiped off 88 of those runs by the close of play with two wickets down.
 
Day three started brightly for the home side when nightwatchman Jason Behrendorff (two) edged Matthew Gale to wicket-keeper Chris Hartley on the second ball of the day.
 
The match was evenly poised with the Warriors 6-240 and leading by 183 as young wicket-keeper Sam Whiteman joined three-match rookie John Rogers at the crease.
 
The pair fought through the tough early morning period as they continued to build the Warriors' lead. Shortly before lunch, Rogers reached 50 for the first time in domestic cricket.
 
The milestone appeared to break the shackles as Rogers then went on the attack and raced to 89 by the interval, sharing in a century-plus stand with Whiteman.
 
Rogers was unable to add to his lunch time score, falling shortly after the resumption as he top-edged an attempted hook off Gale and Hartley took a simple catch.
 
Whiteman carried on to his half-century before departing for 51, and Nathan Coulter-Nile revived memories of his swashbuckling batting with the Scorchers on the same ground late last year as he scored 32 from 20 deliveries.
 
The Bulls' hopes for a quick kill were thwarted by Ashton Agar and Michael Hogan in an enterprising tenth wicket partnership.
 
The pair added 94, breaking the previous WA record tenth wicket stand of 91 set by Ian Brayshaw and Sam Gannon, also against Queensland at the Gabba, in 1969-70.
 
Agar joined Rogers in chalking up his first 50 for the Warriors but holed out soon after to bring an end to the Warriors' innings on 496.
 
Gale was the best of the Bulls' bowlers, taking 4-109 in 27 overs, while skipper James Hopes finished with 3-60 from 34.4 overs.
 
Coulter-Nile gave the Warriors a tremendous start with the ball, snaring the wicket of danger man Luke Pomsersbach for six with the total on 17.
 
Greg Moller and Joe Burns tried to lift the Bulls but approaching the half-century mark for their partnership the latter fell to Agar for 22.
 
Moller will resume tomorrow on 48 while Peter Forrest is on 11. Play begins on day four at 8am WST with live and exclusive coverage available in 91.3 Sport FM and cricket.com.au.