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WA, SA close in on Shield top spots

By AAP .
23 February 2014 06:50AM EST

BEN Hilfenhaus took a hat-trick, Adam Voges hit a superb 155 and Glenn Maxwell scored another century as highlight individual Sheffield Shield performances on Saturday.

Adam Voges and Jason Behrendorff have put Western Australia in the box seat to beat New South Wales at stumps on day three of the Sheffield Shield match at the WACA Ground.

The game was evenly poised coming into the third day with WA 5-263 in reply to NSW's 344, but a brilliant 190-run stand between Voges and wicket-keeper batsman Sam Whiteman saw the Warriors comfortably collect first innings points to finish all out on 462 with a 118-run lead.

Whiteman ended up missing his maiden first-class century falling for 88, but captain Voges went on to make 155 and now at stumps on day three, NSW are in desperate trouble in their second innings at 4-102.

The Blues still require 15 more runs just to make WA bat again with first innings centurion Ryan Carters not out on 32 and captain Peter Nevill is with him on seven.

Behrendorff has again been the star with the ball for the Warriors so far claiming 3-27 from 11 overs including the scalps of Nic Maddinson (15), Scott Henry (10) and Ben Rohrer (35).

His three wickets back up what he did in the first innings where he claimed a career-best 5-65 for WA.

Earlier, both Voges and Whiteman received some luck given not out from strong appeals, but took full advantage and by lunch, had advanced the score to 5-366 with Voges having notched his century and with WA 22 in front.

The pair continued on after the break and Whiteman looked on target for his maiden century, but ended up falling just short when bowled for 88 by spinner Manjot Singh.

Voges continued on, though, ending up with 155 and receiving good support from Behrendorff (29) and Ryan Duffield (16).

Voges opened the day on 73 and quickly brought up his century on Saturday morning with the 34-year-old now has scored 681 runs this season in just six matches at an average of almost 76 to be the third leading run scorer in the competition.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Whiteman continues to emerge as perhaps the cleanest keeper in the country, but his batting has come on in leaps and bounds having scored 591 runs with six half-centuries at an average of over 59.

Sean Abbott was the pick of NSW's bowlers with 4-71 while Singh took 2-163 from 35 overs.

HAT-trick hero Ben Hilfenhaus has reminded selectors he remains ready for Australian duty if a vacancy for a paceman comes up.

Hilfenhaus produced the first hat-trick of his career against Queensland at Bellerive to help Tasmania grab the upper hand in their Sheffield Shield clash.

The manner of the 30-year-old's feat was just as impressive - he trapped Bulls skipper James Hopes (12) lbw before clean bowling Ben Cutting (0) and Cameron Boyce (0).

"There was a little bit of reverse swing there so I was hopeful I could sneak one through," Hilfenhaus said.

"That's my first ever so it's quite pleasing to finally get one."

The veteran, who played 27 Tests, finished with 4-49 to go with the 6-82 he produced against Western Australia last week.

Hilfenhaus played his last Test in December 2012, also in Hobart, and has needed to manage a rib injury since.

His thoughts have not been on a return to international cricket but he does believe he could handle one.

"If there was a call-up, I'd be ready," he said.

"It would be very hard for anyone to break into that set-up at the moment."

Hopes said he'd feared the burly Tasmanian could get on a roll when he became hat-trick victim No.1.

"The late dipping yorker, it was good," Hopes said.

"He can sniff his moment pretty well."

Hilfenhaus ensured a Queensland first-innings collapse on the morning of day three, the Bulls losing 7-47 to be bowled out for 183 in reply to Tasmania's 350.

Hopes then gave his side a sniff, reducing the Tigers to 6-60 in their second dig on his way to 5-59.

But with Bulls paceman Cutting (hamstring) unable to bowl, the home side's tail wagged again and they declared at 9-165.

Chasing 333 to win on a slow pitch, the Bulls were 1-11 at stumps, having lost Joe Burns who top-scored with an unbeaten 91 in the first innings.

Hopes said their chase would need to be better than the 5-471 they made last game to beat South Australia.

"It's gettable but we're going to have to bat out of our skin," he said.

VICTORIA'S batsmen face a final day scrap to prevent a South Australian victory in the Sheffield Shield match in Adelaide.

The Bushrangers, after being made to follow-on, are 2-93 in their second innings at stumps on Saturday's third day, still 109 runs behind the Redbacks.

SA landed early blows in the visitor's second dig before Cameron White (38 not out) and Marcus Stoinis (28 not out) steadied with an unbroken partnership of 64 runs.

The pair will resume on Sunday with Victoria battling to avoid their fifth consecutive defeat in a grim Shield campaign this summer.

A win for South Australia will take them to top spot on the table.

The Redbacks banked innings points and enforced the follow-on after bowling Victoria out for 309 in their first innings, some 202 runs behind SA's first innings of 6(dec)-511.

Victorian Glenn Maxwell struck another century, making 119 to follow his knocks of 127 and 94 in last week's Shield game against NSW.

Maxwell was dismissed playing his favoured reverse sweep, having been dropped when attempting the same shot on 15.

Maxwell resumed on Saturday with David Hussey, who added just one to his overnight score before falling for 71.

Maxwell then accelerated in a 84-run stand with Matthew Wade, who contributed just five runs in the partnership.

But Maxwell's dismissal prompted a slide of 3-15 before John Hastings (32) and Jon Holland (29) put on 50 runs for the ninth wicket.

SA pacemen Kane Richardson (4-51) and Chadd Sayers (3-69) were the chief destroyers.

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