Dominant WA close in on Shield win at SCG

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Western Australia close in on a fourth Sheffield Shield win of the season, needing four wickets against a failing NSW batting line-up on a stitched and spinning SCG green top.

Unexpected Blues hitters Hayden Kerr (11no) and rookie spinner Chris Green (5no) have a big task ahead of them and need 183 more runs after another tough morning for hitters.

Entering their second innings on day three after being set 268 by the visitors, the hosts went to lunch at 6-85 after a shaky start.

It took WA 10 minutes to collect their first wicket.

Matt Kelly, coming around the wicket for southpaw Kurtis Patterson, fired the edge for the opener as he floated awkwardly outside the stump.

Fellow opener Daniel Hughes was next to go, on LBW for six attempting a reverse sweep of a Corey Rocchiccioli direct delivery.

Rocchiccioli collected the wickets of Moises Henriques (14) and Matthew Gilkes (8) before fellow tweaker D’arcy Short claimed his first scalp of the match, beating Baxter Holt for 15.

Earlier, NSW (93) and WA (233 and 127) were eliminated in a turbulent second day which saw 20 wickets fall.

On a pitch that favored both sets of bowlers, the Warriors’ modest first innings of 233 seemed to be the difference, despite the heroism of Green taking nine wickets in the game.

Victory would cement WA’s place at the top of the standings ahead of second-placed Queensland.

Their opponents, on the other hand, would fall to last place after fellow cellar dwellers South Australia salvaged a draw against the Bulls on Wednesday.

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