NSW SpeedBlitz Blues spinner, Luke Doran
The NSW Second XI leads Western Australia by 213 runs heading into today’s fourth and final day of their fixture at Hurstville Oval (October 11).
Day Three was a tough one for the NSW bowlers who toiled hard in difficult conditions, while their team mates backed them up with terrific energy in the field.
Resuming on his overnight score of 58 not out, Marcus Harris went on to post his century in the first session of the day before being bowled by Josh Lalor for 130. That wicket was just reward for the left arm quick, who bowled with good pace throughout his 10 over spell.
There was more success for NSW after the lunch break. Trent Copeland and Luke Doran combined brilliantly to restrict Western Australia to just 30 runs from 20 overs. Copeland produced an outstanding display of seam bowling, building pressure with subtle changes of pace and angle on the batsman friendly wicket.
At the other end, Doran bowled well to his field and was rewarded with the wicket of Travis Birt for 87, with Adam Semple taking an excellent running catch at deep mid-wicket.
Semple then took the wicket of Will Bosisito (31) before an Adam Zampa flipper shattered the stumps of Cameron Bancroft (22).
Chasing quick runs after the team break, the Western Australian tail slogged their way to 9-417 before declaring, with Doran taking advantage of the loose strokeplay by picking up three more scalps.
The NSW Second XI lost a couple of early second innings wickets with Scott Henry falling for eight and Tim Cruickshank out for duck. Daniel Hughes (46no) and David Dawson (22no) saw the team through to 2-88 at stumps.