Wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt has compiled his highest Sheffield Shield score to bat WA out of dire trouble and into a winning position in their Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia at the WACA.
Triffitt’s 85, crafted from 97 balls with nine fours and a six, has been the main reason WA were able to recover from a catastrophic 3-3 at the start of their second innings to post a challenging fourth innings target for the Redbacks.
The Warriors were finally dismissed just after drinks in the third session for 191, a lead of 354. At stumps the Redbacks were 1-32, needing a further 323 tomorrow to win with Phil Hughes unbeaten on 17.
A solid start was setback with the late dismissal of opener Sam Raphael, trapped lbw to Mitch Marsh for 12 in the second last over of the day.
Triffit, who had earlier taken five catches in South Australia’s first innings, came to the crease with the Warriors staggering at 5-24 and watched two more partners come and go before he and Mitch Johnson established the 67-run stand that batted the team clear of trouble.
He then shared a 53-run stand with Michael Beer before he fell to a brilliant catch at deep mid wicket by Callum Ferguson just 15 runs short of a century.
Young paceman Chadd Sayers took three wickets for the Redbacks, as did Joe Mennie.
Liam Davis, Marcus Harris and Marcus North were sent packing in quick succession at the start of the innings leaving the Warriors reeling at 3-3. Then captain Adam Voges played across a jagging off-spinner from Johan Botha to be lbw for three just before lunch leaving the Warriors 4-22 with an overall lead of 165.
Three of the first four dismissals were dubious umpiring calls.
Davis was judged caught in slips for a duck after a ball from Mennie lobbed from his body into the slips. Harris was given out caught behind off Mennie, also for a duck and North was judged lbw off the bowling of Chadd Sayers for one.
After lunch Mitch Marsh was caught at slip off Sayers for a duck, Sam Whiteman run out for 15 and then Nathan Coulter-Nile was caught flashing off Sayers to leave the Warriors in peril at 7-52.
Earlier the Warriors had quickly wrapped up the South Australian innings to take first innings points in the Sheffield Shield clash at the WACA.
The Redbacks were dismissed for 237, 163 adrift of WA’s first innings total of 9-400 declared.
Resuming at 6-209 and already under pressure, South Australia were soon in deeper trouble Nathan Coulter-Nile coaxed an edge out of Tim Ludeman to give keeper Triffitt his fifth catch of the innings.
Skipper Voges than accepted a sharp chance at first slip to get rid of his SA counterpart Johan Botha for five off spinner Beer.
When Marsh took a great catch at second slip, low down and to his left off Michael Hogan after the second new ball was taken to dismiss Sayers for six, the visitors had slumped to 9-231.
Johnson wrapped up the innings with Mennie caught by Voges at first slip for 18.
The WA bowlers shared the spoils with Johnson, Marsh. Beer and Hogan all taking two wickets. Coulter-Nile took one and was credited with the brilliant run out that got rid of Phil Hughes who top scored with 92.