South Australian opener Phil Hughes gave the Australian selectors a reminder of his talent on day two of the Sheffield Shield clash between SA and WA in Perth.
But his efforts may have been cancelled out by a reminder of young Warrior Mitch Marsh’s all-round ability as the home team took control of the match.
Hughes scored 92, an extension of a purple patch of form he has displayed for the Redbacks since shifting from New South Wales.
But Marsh’s 73, combined with two late wickets, left the Warriors well in control at stumps.
The Redbacks go into the third day at 6-209, still 191 adrift of WA’s first innings of 9-400 declared.
The match swung dramatically back WA’s way with Marsh grabbing the key wickets of Callum Ferguson and Dan Christian, both caught by keeper Tom Triffitt, in the third session after Hughes and Michael Klinger had put on 119 for the second wicket.
Klinger was trapped in front by Michael Beer. Then a brilliant piece of fielding from Nathan Coulter-Nile gave WA a toe-hold on first-innings points.
Coulter-Nile scored a direct hit from almost side-on to run out Test discard Phil Hughes for 92, stripping the left-hander of a chance to make his maiden first-class hundred for SA.
Hughes shifted to the Redbacks from NSW at the start of the season and has been a consistent run scorer, making a hundred in a Ryobi Cup match and scoring a 95 and 83 in a shield match against Queensland, but is yet to break three figures in a shield game for his adopted State.
Hughes had been 69 not out at tea, with the accomplished Michael Klinger in strong support on 33. The pair had put on 98 as SA recovered to 1-120 after the early loss of opener Sam Raphael. Klinger was out soon after tea for 37, lbw to left-arm spinner Michael Beer.
A screamer of a catch by WA wicket-keeper Tom Triffitt - his first of four - gave the Warriors their early wicket.
Triffitt dived to his right to glove a nick from Raphael centimetres from the turf off paceman Mitchell Johnson, who had 1-25.
Earlier, WA declared their first innings closed at 9-400 to have a 15 minute pre-lunch burst at South Australia’s batsmen.
Michael Hogan was unbeaten on 20 and Michael Beer not out on four when skipper Adam Voges called his batsmen in.
Mitchell Marsh was dismissed for 73, lbw to Perth Scorcher Joe Mennie who, with 4-115, returned the best figures among the South Australian bowlers.The Warriors had earlier lost Mitchell Johnson on drinks in the first session, well caught by Callum Ferguson off the bowling of Mennie for 27.
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