Duffield Shines But Warriors In Trouble
22 February 2013  

The Warriors are in trouble at stumps on day two of their Bupa Sheffield Shield clash with the Tasmanian Tigers at the WACA Ground as they trail by 352 runs.

WA had resumed at 6-54 after bowling out the Tigers for 211 on day one, but failed to last the first session, all out for 97.

In reply, Tasmania built a commanding lead despite early from Ryan Duffield (4-71) and Burt Cockley (2-61) as Ricky Ponting made 76 with the visitors 9-238 before bad light stopped play late in the day.

The Warriors had hoped their tail would wag after Thursday’s disappointment with the bat, but there was little resistance with night watchman Duffield out in the sixth over of the day.

Sam Whiteman top scored for WA with 19 while Ashton Agar hit a treble of nice boundaries but there were few positives for the Warriors batting order as Luke Butterworth collected 5-35.

Trailing by 114 runs, WA needed early wickets when Tasmania came out to bat and they got them, with Duffield and Cockley dismissing the openers to have the Tigers 2-10.

However, Ponting and Alex Doolan steadied the ship for Tasmania with a 92-run stand before latter was bowled by Michael Hogan for 33.

Ponting, who had looked in vintage form with the bat, eventually lost his wicket for 76, caught lashing out by Hogan off Duffield.

Duffield was WA’s shining light with the ball, dismissing George Bailey (13) and James Faulkner (13) but the Tigers kept the runs ticking over, with Jon Wells adding 43, to hold a strong position before play was halted by bad light with approximately 10 overs left in the day.

Day three will commence at approximately 10am to make up for the lost overs, with WA left with plenty of work to do to get back in the contest.