A double century to West Australia skipper Adam Voges has spearheaded the Warriors to 8-611 at stumps on day three of their Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia at Gliderol Stadium.
The 249-run haul was a career-best score for Voges, surpassing the 235 not out he scored against Queensland last season.
Voges amassed an impressive 31 boundaries before he was eventually caught by Tom Cooper off a Trent Lawford delivery.
Ashton Agar (58) and Simon Mackin (1) are not out heading into the final day, with WA leading South Australia by 142 runs.
Voges and former Redbacks captain Michael Klinger dominated with the bat for most of day three, posting a record third wicket partnership of 311 runs – WA’s biggest third wicket score against South Australia in a Shield match.
Klinger was eventually dismissed for 151, caught by Cooper off another Lawford delivery, after belting 21 boundaries and two sixes from 293 balls.
Voges and Klinger started their third-wicket stand when the Warriors were 2-76 just after tea on day two, quickly picking South Australia’s field to pieces.
The centuries to Klinger and Voges mark back-to-back tons after they scored 190 and 101 respectively in their last match, combining for a first innings 215-run partnership against SA in round six.
On day three, Shaun Marsh posted 33, Tom Beaton 22, Sam Whiteman 10 and Nathan Coulter-Nile contributed 11 runs to the Warriors’ total.
Lawford took 3-140 for the Redbacks.
Klinger said his team will be looking to capitalise on a string of poor second innings from South Australia in today’s final day.
He said the Redbacks have endured less than successful second innings this campaign and hopes the Warriors can take advantage with early wickets.
“Their second innings this season have been pretty poor,” Klinger said.
“If we can get some wickets early – we’ll certainly be looking to go through them.”
Western Australia will resume play at 8-611 on day four with Ashton Agar (58) and Simon Mackin (1) at the crease.
WA will be looking for outright victory and jump back to top spot after New South Wales snatched pole position with their win over Victoria.
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