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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: North's maiden ton rescues WA vs Queensland

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Perth: Elegant left-hander Marcus North hit his maiden first-class century to rescue Western Australia (WA) on the first day of its Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland at the WACA Ground on Thursday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"It was certainly the highlight of my career to date," North, 22, said after cracking 17 boundaries in his patient four-hour 106 which guided his side to stumps with a comfortable 305 for eight."Your first 100 at this level is always very special," North said. The recovery came after Western Australia had been struggling on five for two after being sent in by Queensland skipper Stuart Law.Former Zimbabwean Test batsman Murray Goodwin also hit a valuable 68.New-ball bowler Ashley Noffke caused Western Australia's early problems with two precious wickets and finished with a well deserved four for 69 from 29 overs. In Melbourne, New South Wales (NSW) tied everyone but Ian Harvey down as Victoria was restricted to 221 for six on the opening day of its Shield match.Darren Berry was caught off the last ball of the day to give Test leg spinner Stuart MacGill three for 65 from 24.1 overs.Coming in at number four, Harvey continued his impressive start to the domestic season, scoring 55 off 66 balls with 11 fours. In Hobart, veteran all-rounder Shaun Young and young wicket-keeper Sean Clingeleffer led Tasmania from peril to relative respectability against South Australia.With Young hitting 66 and Clingeleffer 51, the pair put on an unbeaten 114 runs to frustrate a weakened SA attack and boost Tasmania to 236 for five at stumps on the first day.That was a much healthier position than seemed probable after the top order crumbled to 122 for five before tea.

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