Rogers shines for WA in Sheffield Shield
Published: Thursday, November 20, 2003, 0:22 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Di Venuto stars in Tasmanian victory
Melbourne: Left-hander Chris Rogers smacked 103 as Western Australia reached a first innings 273 on the opening day of the Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. But Rogers and former Zimbabwe Test batsman Murray Goodwin (70) were let down by their team-mates after Western Australia, with 187 for two wickets just before tea, lost eight wickets for a mere 86 runs on Wednesday. Victoria were 12 without loss at stumps, with Matthew Elliott on eight and Matthew Mott on four. The Western Australian batting folded meekly after Rogers and Goodwin had hammered 136 for the third wicket. Victorian all-rounder Andrew McDonald ripped through the middle order, finishing with four for 35 from 16 overs, his best in the competition. Medium pacer Allan Wise, in only his second game, captured three for 56. In Adelaide, Mark Cosgrove (118) and John Davison (84) powered South Australia to a first innings 400, giving them a solid 133-run lead over New South Wales. Shane Deitz (66) and David Fitzgerald (33) also made useful contributions as former Test fast bowler Matthew Nicholson took six for 76 and Test leg spinner Stuart MacGill took three for 119 shared honours with the ball. New South Wales were 30 for one wicket in their second innings, still trailing by 103, after former Test opener Michael Slater (0) was ousted by Test paceman Jason Gillespie, showing fine from after returning from a side injury.