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Published: Sunday, January 25, 2004, 0:59 [IST]
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Katich keeps New South Wales' hopes alive
Saturday, January 24 2004 19:29 Hrs (IST)

Perth:New South Wales batsman Simon Katich ensured the Sheffield Shield cricket match against his former state was finely poised after the second day with a stylish 71 not out at the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground in Perth.

At stumps on Saturday, New South Wales were 204 for two in reply to Western Australia's 474 for six declared, with Katich occupying the crease with Dominic Thornely on 28 not out.

Katich plundered three fours off an over from part-time bowler Marcus North late in the day to reach his half-century on his old home ground.

New South Wales opener Greg Mail was given a life on 17 after being caught at backward point off a Ben Edmondson no ball.

He and Phil Jaques put on 98 for the opening stand before Mail's luck ran out when he was ruled out lbw on 37.

Earlier, a pair of 87's from Ryan Campbell and North guided Western Australia past 450.

Perth (day two): Western Australia 474-6 decl (C Rogers 142, M North 87; S Clark 3-104, D Thornley 1-56) v New South Wales 204-2 (S Katich 71, P Jaques 45; J Angel 1-27, B Edmondson 1-36).

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