Western Australia 241 and 377 for 8 (Bancroft 100, Hardie 99) lead South Australia 264 (Manenti 86*, Paris 6-74) by 354 runs
Bancroft’s 100 gifted Western Australia the upper hand against South Australia in their Adelaide Oval fixture. WA were 377 for 8 at stumps after Saturday’s third day of play, a lead of 354 runs over the Redbacks.
The WA righthander’s Shield season includes scores of 100, 57, 91 and 122. Those feats follow his stellar Shield achievements last season when he was the competition’s leading run-scorer with 945 at an imposing average of 59.06.
Hardie combined with Bancroft for a century stand before the latter fell just after his milestone against the second new ball, edging Nathan McAndrew behind.
Conway, Wes Agar and Ben Manenti took two wickets each for the home side to ensure WA never got away from them but they will need to bat well on the final day if they are to win or avoid defeat.