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Will Pucovski's 243 flattens Western Australia

17 Oct 2018, 21:52 GMT+10

Western Australia 4 for 45 (Cartwright 14, Philippe 9*, Tremain 2-24) & 208 trail Victoria 504 (Pucovski 243, Short 80, Stoinis 4-73) by 251 runs

Twenty-year-old Victoria batsman Will Pucovski announced his arrival in Australian domestic cricket with a stunning double-century to punish Western Australia at the WACA ground.

Pucovski's 243 from 311 balls was his second Sheffield Shield century, having scored 188 against Queensland at the end of last summer. Noted statistician Lawrie Colliver pointed out that he joined some elite company among the youngest players in history to score a double-century in the Sheffield Shield.

At 20 years and 257 days, he became the eighth youngest to achieve the mark, just 106 days older than Sir Donald Bradman and behind Clem Hill, Doug Walters, Darren Lehmann, Ricky Ponting, Paul Sheahan and Ian Chappell, all of whom went on to make Test hundreds for Australia.

Pucovski got good support from Matthew Short who made 80 in a 159-run stand for the fifth wicket. He was the second last man out with the score at 9 for 503.

WA allrounder Marcus Stoinis took 4 for 73 to follow up his 80 with the bat in the first innings.

Chris Tremain continued his wicket-taking form from last season, bagging two early scalps late in the afternoon as WA's top order crumbled for the second straight day. Stoinis and Josh Philippe survived to stumps but the Warriors will do well just to make Victoria back again.

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