Western Australia opener Sam Whiteman has continued his brilliant purple patch in form, reaching his fifth first-class century on day three of WA’s Sheffield Shield clash against New South Wales.
It’s the fifth time in his past seven innings he’s surpassed 50, including a century against Queensland in their final red-ball fixture of last season.
The left-hander started day three on 81 as he and rising star Cameron Green built on their strong third-wicket partnership, which was coincidentally worth 81-runs overnight.
Whiteman scampered through for a quick two on the on-side to reach triple figures off the bowling of Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
The 28-year-old’s ton came off 193 balls, including 16 fours at a strike rate of 51.8.
Lyon is still searching for his first wicket of the season, struggling for impact yesterday after appearing to injure his right shoulder diving in the field.
Lyon was in regular consultation with the Blues’ medical staff in between bowling his overs.
Yesterday, seamer Sean Abbott was the pick of the bowlers.
Abbott (2-42) claimed the only wickets on the benign Gladys Elphick Park surface which is proving to be a batter’s paradise.
Whiteman (107no) and Green (73no) safely navigated their way through the first session without loss.
Their partnership reached 157 at the first interval on the penultimate day.
21-year-old Green will be searching for 27 runs to reach his fourth Shield century when play resumes after lunch.
Meanwhile across town at Karen Rolton Oval, Tasmanian batsman Jake Doran tallied his second first-class century, coming off 215 deliveries.
Doran and Test captain Tim Paine combined for a 153-run stand with the Tigers holding a comfortable lead over South Australia with four wickets in hand.
Paine brought up his first half-century of the season after missing out on runs last match.
South Australia were bowled out for 195, while Tasmania reached a first innings score of 402 at lunch on day three.