Late Wicket Gives Warriors Momentum
17 March 2017  

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NSW face a challenge to hang onto a spot in next week's Sheffield Shield decider after ending day two at 5-242 in Perth, still 194 runs behind fellow final aspirants the Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors.

The Warriors declared their first innings early on Friday at 9-436, and the Blues built a strong early platform only to lose three wickets in quick succession and hand the ascendancy back to the home side.

NSW suffered a further blow with the final ball of the day, losing reliable run-scoring wicketkeeper Peter Nevill for 33, caught at first slip.

NSW had advanced to 1-151 when in-form No.3 Ed Cowan was dismissed for 69, lbw to allrounder Hilton Cartwright on the stroke of tea.

Opener Daniel Hughes went soon after the break for the same score, while Kurtis Patterson was caught behind for eight.

NSW captain Moises Henriques survived a late lbw appeal and a sharp missed catch in the gully to be 35 not out at the close.

Fast bowler Jason Behrendorff, who had Nevill caught at first slip, was the pick of the Warriors' attack with figures of 2-52.

Western Australia must win the match with sufficient bonus points to progress through to next week's final at the expense of the second-placed Blues.

Earlier, WA captain Adam Voges missed out on a century in his final home match before retirement, reaching 72 before being caught off the bowling of Harry Conway.

Western Australia resumed at 5-360, and continued to score at almost four runs an over on the WACA's fast outfield. 

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-AAP