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Sheffield Shield: WA return with interest after NSW collapse at the WACA

Western Australia have survived the middle session unscathed thanks to Marcus Harris and Cameron Bancroft to be 2-115 at dinner on day two of the Sheffield Shield match at the WACA Ground.

NSW started the day in a solid position at 5-284 but they couldn't capitalise on that, making just 32 runs in the morning session before they were bowled out for 316.

Doug Bollinger struck in successive balls prior to the tea break to remove William Bosisto (5) and Michael Klinger (0), but WA haven't lost a wicket since in the day-night.

Opener Bancroft has been steady, moving to 48 not out, while Marcus Harris has made a fluent 54 to move WA within 201 of NSW's score.

The Blues will be without spinner Steve O'Keefe for the rest of the game after he retired hurt while batting due to a blow on his right hand from Joel Paris.

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O'Keefe has a suspected fracture to his index finger.

Earlier, Ben Rohrer added 10 to his overnight score before being caught behind off Michael Hogan for 78.

Sean Abbott and Gurinder Sandhu didn't score with Trent Copeland adding 15 runs.

Paris took 3-11 in 39 balls to start the day and finished the innings with 4-61 while David Moody and Hogan claimed two wickets each.

Daniel Hughes (124) scored a maiden century for the Blues on the opening day of the pink-ball clash.

Ben Rohrer resumed on the second day on 68 not out with Steve O'Keefe with him on seven.

But when O'Keefe retired hurt for 10 after copping a nasty blow to his arm from Joel Paris, the Blues crumbled. Rohrer struggled for almost an hour adding just 10 before falling for 78, caught behind in Michael Hogan's opening over.

Sean Abbott and Gurinder Sandhu both went without scoring, falling victim to Paris, who delivered an outstanding 39-ball spell where he claimed 3-11.

Some late runs from Trent Copeland (15) at least got NSW to 316 but it was a disappointing opening session for them.

Paris finished with 4-61 for WA while Moody and Hogan claimed two wickets apiece.

Hughes brought up a patient 100, just after tea on day one, from 209 balls. His was one of just two wickets that NSW lost in the final session when the artificial light took over, falling to a juggled catch by Michael Klinger.

AAP

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