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Published: Monday, January 26, 2004, 15:21 [IST]
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Bracken spell gives New South Wales hope
Monday, January 26 2004 09:51 Hrs (IST)

Perth:Australian Test bowler Nathan Bracken snared 5-34 in the final session of play to give New South Wales a glimmer of hope in the Sheffield Shield cricket match at the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground in Perth.

At stumps on day three of the four-day match on Sunday, Western Australia had reached 223 for five, an overall lead of 330 runs, with John Taylor on 23 not out and Kade Harvey not out without scoring.

New South Wales captain Steve Waugh had earlier made a bold declaration of 367 for seven in response to Western Australia's first innings of 474 for six declared.

Left-arm paceman Bracken gave a lethal display of swing bowling to pick up Western Australia's top five batsmen in the last session.

New South Wales desperately need a victory to put their Sheffield Shield defence back on track and handed Western Australia first innings points in the hope of a tempting last day run chase.

For Western Australia, Justin Langer and Michael Hussey put on 157 for the opening stand in quick time before Hussey played the ball onto his stumps off Bracken's bowling for 71.He then claimed Langer for 98 before taking a string of wickets.

Simon Katich keeps NSW' hopes alive

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