Hussey, Goodwin propel Western Australia

Published: Tuesday, December 9, 2003, 1:34 [IST]
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Perth: Acting captain Michael Hussey slammed his first Sheffield Shield century for two years as Western Australia caned the Tasmanian attack on the opening day of the four-day clash at the WACA Ground.

The talented left-handed opener Sunday cracked 138 in the home state's 351 for three wickets after they had been sent in by Tasmanian captain Daniel Marsh, the 30-year-old all-rounder son of former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Rod Marsh.

Hussey completed his 14th century for Western Australia in first-class company, sharing an opening stand of 43 with Chris Rogers (24), a second-wicket partnership of 147 with Murray Goodwin (72) and a third-wicket liaison of 111 with Marcus North (70 not out).

The other not out batsman is Shaun Marsh (38), 20-year-old son of former Australian Test opener Geoff Marsh.

The two Marsh families, though both from Western Australia, are not related. Western Australia, without a single point so far in this summer's shield contest, are desperate for points in this match against the current competition leaders.

Brief scores: Western Australia 351for three (M Hussey 138, M Goodwin 72, M North 70 not out, S Marsh 38 not out, C Rogers 24; A Griffith 1-62, A Downton 1-67, D Wright 1-88)

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