Abbott claims 100th wicket on day two

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New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott claimed his 100th First Class wicket on a strong second day for the Blues against Western Australia in round five of the JLT Sheffield Shield.

The Blues dismissed their hosts for 198 on Wednesday at Perth Stadium led by seamer Trent Copeland, who returned 4-52 from 22.1 overs. In reply, NSW are 1/32 leading by 95 at stumps.

The unbeaten batsmen at the crease are opener Nick Larkin (15 not out) and first innings centurion Kurtis Patterson (9 not out).

Australian Test batsman Shaun Marsh top-scored for the home side. He made 81 from 193 balls including 12 boundaries.

One-Day and T20 International allrounder for Australia, Marcus Stoinis (10), became the 100th First Class dismissal for Abbott. The Blues seamer claimed 1-54.

Australian Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon (3-34) and quick Harry Conway (2-38) were the other two contributors to the wickets column for the Blues.

The four wickets for Copeland took his season’s tally to 20 wickets at an average of 15.65 in the Sheffield Shield.

Western Australia resumed at 0/1, after it survived one over from Copeland the previous evening and, lost four wickets in the opening session.

The Blues bowled three consecutive maidens to start the day and in the fourth over, Copeland claimed the first wicket of the day, Will Bosisto for 1.

Lyon snared the second wicket with his first delivery of the day. He dismissed Hilton Cartwright (29), leg before wicket, and the hosts were 2/44.

The other two wickets to fall in the morning session were captain Mitch Marsh (6) and Stoinis.

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    Western Australia v New South Wales - Day 2 - Match Highlights

    At lunch, Western Australia was 4/82, but Shaun Marsh was focused on continuing his glorious recent form.

    Marsh has made 443 runs at the incredible average of 110.75 from his five visits to the crease in the Sheffield Shield this season including his 81 on Wednesday.

    He combined with Western Australia vice-captain Ashton Turner (38) to add 80 from 201 balls for the fifth wicket.

    Conway broke the partnership just before tea when he removed Turner caught behind. 

    The match turned in the favour of the visitors when the sixth and seventh wickets fell within four balls early in the final session.

    Josh Inglis (14) departed as a result of a fantastic catch, low down, by Copeland at first slip from the bowing of Lyon.

    Conway then claimed the vital wicket of Marsh three balls later. The left-hander pushed at an outstanding delivery on off stump, that nipped away and, was caught by Nevill with the score on 188.

    Western Australia lost its final three wickets for just two runs as its innings quickly came to a close.

    Copeland picked up the last two of those wickets. Lyon claimed the other when he removed Cameron Green (5) caught at bat pad by Larkin. The Blues secured a 63-run lead on the first innings.

    Daniel Hughes was the only Blues wicket to fall during the closing stages of day two.

    Western Australian opening bowler Matt Kelly (1-7) removed the left-handed opener for the second time in the match below double figures. He again dismissed Hughes caught behind for 6 on the final ball of the fourth over.

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