JLT Sheffield Shield 2017-18

Hard-hitting WA fight back in Shield

Turner, Cartwright and Inglis post half-centuries to lead recovery for the visitors


14 March 2018, 07:30 PM AEST

Day one highlights: WA batsmen fire in Glenelg

Western Australia have overcome a woeful start to be well placed after the opening day of their JLT Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in what is effectively a battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

The Warriors rallied from 4-63 to be bowled out for 355 in Glenelg.

Cartwright crunches 85 for the Warriors

In reply, the Redbacks were forced to survive a single over, reaching 0-4.

South Australia's Travis Head won the toss and fast bowler Daniel Worrall (5-72) repaid his captain's faith, taking wickets in each of his first two overs.

Worrall grabs five in Sheffield Shield clash

However, WA counterattacked with some aggressive batting, led by skipper Ashton Turner, who brought up his 50 at better than a run a ball before eventually falling for 79 off 89 deliveries.

Hilton Cartwright scored a more-measured 83, while wicketkeeper Josh Inglis added 86 in entertaining fashion.

Western Australia began the match marginally ahead of bottom-placed South Australia on bonus points.