Marcus North does it again for Western Warriors

A remarkable batting performance from Marcus North has helped the Alcohol. Think Again Western Warriors secure a Bupa Sheffield Shield draw against South Australia at Adelaide Oval.

North posted 110 in the first innings and backed it up to remain unbeaten on 84 as he and Mitch Marsh (65 not out) saw WA to the end of Day 4 at 202 for three.

It was the second time this season North has proven pivotal in a final day’s play, batting out the entire Day 4 on the MCG against Victoria a fortnight ago for a draw.

The result meant WA ended the match with no points, but minimised the distance the second-placed SA was able to build on the Shield table.

The match also had Mitch Marsh resume his all-rounder status, taking no wickets from his 12 overs for 41 runs in his first return to the bowling attack since recovering from a hamstring injury. Mitch Marsh admitted his body was still adjusting to bowling duties and heaped praise on North for the former skipper’s performance under pressure.

“It was a good batting wicket, but it was still pretty tough and, obviously, Northy and I knew we had to put on a decent partnership,” Mitch Marsh said. “The way he batted was phenomenal.

“I felt good out there and it was just good to get a bit of time back in the middle.

“I feel a bit sore after the bowling, but it was good to get back out there.”

In a sign of how bat-friendly the new Adelaide Oval wicket was, the Redbacks claimed first innings points with an impressive 601, despite the Warriors knocking 434.

South Australia openers Phil Hughes (204) and Michael Klinger (125) put on a 253-run opening partnership for the hosts to end Day 3 at 520 for four, but wickets were more forthcoming on Saturday.

WA restricted SA to just 48 runs as Nathan Coulter-Nile knocked over Tom Cooper (47) and Ashton Agar (2-149) and Nathan Rimmington (3-86) combined for the final five wickets.

It brought WA to the crease for a second time with at least 80 overs to play in the day, making a draw or a loss the only realistic outcomes for the match.

Cameron Bancroft would have been looking to go on from his 25 before being trapped LBW by Joe Mennie, before John Rogers received little reward for his efforts with just four from 37 balls.

Captain Shaun Marsh was next to fall at the unlucky 13, caught by Cooper off Adam Zampa to have WA 3-90. The younger Marsh brother then entered the game and stood firm alongside North to see out the day.

“It was a pretty flat wicket and to South Australia’s credit, they batted really well,” Mitch Marsh said.

“It was important we held on for the draw and I believe we’ll take confidence out of that.

“Hopefully that six-point result isn’t far away.

“It’ll be good to get back to the WACA this week against Victoria and then again the week after against Queensland.

“Those are massive opportunities for us to get six points and gain some momentum.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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