Aussie 18-year-old Teague Wyllie has become the youngest player to hit a century in the Sheffield Shield since cricket icon Ricky Ponting.
The Western Australian batter showed a solid array of shots cracking 15 boundaries on the way to posting 104 off 204 balls.
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WA were bowled out for 258 in the final act of the second day in Perth, giving them a lead of 78 after NSW were rolled for 180 on day one.
Despite the modest score, the day belonged to Wyllie who fell just shot of breaking Ponting's 30-year -old record.
At 18 years and 163 days, Wyllie was the youngest player to reach triple figures in Shield cricket since Ponting, who was 18 years and 40 days when he notched his maiden ton in the competition.
Ponting achieved this feat way back in the 1992/93 season.
The 18-year-old also achieved the feat in just his third first class match.
Last summer, Teague became the second youngest player to win a Shield final, behind only Test captain Pat Cummins.
The cricket world was quick to shower the teen with praise after the phenomenal achievement.
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) October 4, 2022
Teague Wyllie was born 7 months before Australia last won a Test series in India back in 2004. Looking at him bat today, especially against Nathan Lyon, you wouldn’t rule out him being on that plane to India come February #SheffieldShield
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) October 4, 2022
Serious knock from Teague Wyllie. On a tricky pitch where only one other batter has reached fifty so far, the 18-year-old has looked a class above.
Great signs for Aussie cricket. https://t.co/MT467V3aN5
— Jack Paynter (@jackpayn) October 4, 2022
— Andrew Faulkner (@AndrewFaulkner9) October 4, 2022
As far as I can tell, 18 year-old Teague Wyllie has just become the youngest Sheffield Shield centurion since Ricky Ponting in 92/93. #SheffieldShield
— Justin Edwards (@JEdwardsFOX) October 4, 2022
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) October 4, 2022
A First Class century today for 18-year old Teague Wyllie of Western Australia. He struck 104 in what is a low scoring game so far against the likes of Ben Dwarshuis and Nathan Lyon.
He was born in April 2004. I feel old!
— CricBlog ✍ (@cric_blog) October 4, 2022
Watching the highlights of Teague Wyllie's debut hundred, no pressure son but there is a little bit of SR Waugh in the short back-lift and quite a bit of straight punching and back foot carving through point. As said no pressure but 32 test centuries will be OK. Thanks in advance
— Wayne Bristow (@Wayne1609) October 4, 2022
Wyllie joins an exclusive club of players to score a century early in their careers with legends such as Doug Walters and Greg Chappell younger than him.
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And it appears WA have found another ace in debutant Sam Fanning.
The 21-year-old scored 32 off 161 balls at a painstaking strike rate of 19.88 to help quell the NSW attack on a bowler-friendly wicket.
Tail-ender Matt Kelly then posted an unbeaten 47 off 86 balls to ram home WA's advantage.
NSW debutant Ben Dwarshuis (4-48 off 20 overs) was the pick of the bowlers, with his early onslaught leaving WA in trouble at 3-39.
The Warriors started the day at 2-18 and Hilton Cartwright (16 off 56 balls) was the first to fall on Tuesday after being given out LBW to Jack Edwards (2-44).
Although the ball struck Cartwright on the back leg it looked as though it was going to sail over the stumps.
But WA received a couple of lucky breaks just before lunch.
Wyllie survived a confident LBW shout from paceman Liam Hatcher.
And next over Fanning was lucky to be given not out after being struck on the pads by spinner Nathan Lyon (1-42 off 17 overs).
Fanning's strike rate of 19.55 at the lunch break didn't make for pretty reading.
But his grit on a tricky wicket proved crucial in steadying the ship.
Wyllie's determination also proved vital, especially once Fanning departed.
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