RYAN Carters' third Sheffield Shield century of the season has New South Wales in a solid but not dominant position after day one against Western Australia at the WACA Ground.
Carters continued his breakout Shield season for the Blues with 104 on Thursday but when he got out in the final session and Kurtis Patterson fell soon after for 29, NSW's dominant position in the game started to somewhat evaporate at 5-255.
Now at stumps on the opening day, NSW are 7-291 with captain and wicket-keeper Peter Nevill out for 30 off the last ball of the day trapped lbw to Michael Hogan. Sean Abbott is not out yet to score.
Jason Behrendorff has been the best of WA's bowlers with the left-arm paceman picking up 3-43 but the rest of the Warriors attack has been below par on a good batting wicket.
Carters was again the star for NSW and he has now scored 574 runs this Shield season for the Blues at an average of almost 64 as the 23-year-old notched his third century of the campaign.
It was slow going for NSW early on and Nic Maddinson never looked comfortable at the crease.
He was dropped while yet to score and on three, but didn’t capitalise ending up falling for 11.
NSW were then 2-72 shortly before lunch with Scott Henry gone for 18, but both Carters and Ben Rohrer made batting look easily after the break.
Rohrer was the dominant partner racing to 77 from 108 balls before he played a poor over facing Behrendorff and eventually was out to a bad shot caught behind by Sam Whiteman.
That ended Rohrer and Carters' 110-run partnership before Kurtis Patterson joined Carters in a 52-run stand.
Carters brought up his ton during that stand before playing a poor shot on 104 to be caught behind off Mitch Marsh.
NSW then lost Patterson for 29 and Trent Copeland for 11 before stumps before now being 7-291 at the close after Nevill fell on the last delivery for 30.
SOUTH Australian stalwart Michael Klinger struck a century to torment his former state Victoria on the opening day of the Sheffield Shield match in Adelaide.
Klinger's unbeaten 115 underpinned the Redbacks' 2-273 at stumps on Thursday, while Sam Raphael (61) and Tom Cooper (80 not out) both made half-centuries.
Victorian spinner Glenn Maxwell claimed both wickets to fall in a four-over span on an otherwise barren day for the Bushrangers.
Melbourne-born Klinger, who moved from Victoria to SA in 2008, was the mainstay with a patient knock in a crucial fixture for the Redbacks, equal top of the Shield table with NSW.
Against a last-placed Victorian side who have lost four consecutive Shield games, Klinger was untroubled in posting his 17th first-class ton.
Klinger and opening partner Raphael featured in a 121-run stand after SA won the toss and batted.
Raphael fell in Maxwell's first over of the day, some 30 minutes before tea. He prodded forward defensively but nicked to slip, where Cameron White took a smart catch diving low and to his right.
Just two overs later, White turfed another catch.
At second slip from John Hasting's bowling, White dropped a fast head-high chance from the bat of Travis Head, who had yet to score.
But in the next over, White made amends with a superb one-handed reflex catch to dismiss Head for four.
Klinger was then joined by Cooper, who became the Shield's leading run-scorer with another accomplished knock, and the pair put on an unbroken 145-run stand.
Maxwell finished the day with 2-20 from seven overs, paceman John Hastings sent down 15 miserly overs which cost just 27 runs and fellow quick Scott Boland (0-27 from 13 overs) was also tidy.
FORMER Test opener Ed Cowan was left ruing another missed opportunity after falling agonisingly short of a century on day one of Tasmania's Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland at Bellerive.
A five-hour, 223-ball knock of 93 ensured a respectable start for the Tigers, who went to stumps at 5-244.
Cowan became the competition's fourth highest runscorer for the season with 582 at 44.77.
But the 31-year-old is fully aware his conversion rate of one ton and five 50s needs to improve if he is to reignite an 18-match Test career.
"You bat for five hours and you don't get a hundred, you're a little disappointed," he said.
"You need 150-plus, 200 (scores) to really put your name up.
"I think I've been really consistent but just haven't had those really big scores."
In bowler-friendly conditions, Cowan took 158 balls and 241 minutes to pass 50, his first boundary coming after 78 deliveries.
But he put on 143 with the recalled Steve Cazzulino, whose 63 came from 188 balls, before falling lbw to Alister McDermott (2-35) at 4-176.
"It was hard work and I was happy I had the patience to wait for conditions to be in my favour to score some runs," he said.
"It was one of those days, you're happy with your mental discipline more than anything."
Tasmania were in a commanding position at 1-162 before a reverse-swing double strike from Ben Cutting (2-41) reduced the home side to 3-162.
Last season's Shield final opponents both need outright victory to stay in touch with the ladder leaders.
McDermott said day one honours had been evenly shared.
"We were hoping maybe to keep them to a little bit less," he said.
"But we were really happy with getting four wickets in that last session."
Ben Dunk will resume unbeaten on 47 with Tim Paine on 12.