Perth Now – Three of the West Australian top order under substantial pressure over the inept start to the Sheffield Shield season have responded with centuries in Premier Cricket.
- Opener Jon Wells (156), No.3 Hilton Cartwright (136) and wicketkeeper Josh Inglis (107) provided ideal responses to the innings loss to Victoria at the WACA Ground last week.
- Maiden centurion Josh Philippe, who was one of the few shining lights in WA’s poor opening performance after batting at No.6, is likely to return to the top of the order.
- Philippe was the only WA bats-man not to bat in club ranks on Saturday as his team was hammered by Wells, who batted for five hours and faced 237 balls in Perth’s 5-336.
- The compact right-hander is a prolific century maker who now has five for Perth amid 35 in State, second XI and club ranks in WA, Tasmania and Darwin.
- Voges said the leg-spinner would remain in the WA squad but may not be used against Tasmania after making his debut midway through the first day against Victoria when he replaced the concussed Kelly.