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Queensland fast bowler Mark Steketee did his best to enhance his already-established Test credential with a stunning solo blitz at the WACA.

Steketee, who was a late addition to Australia’s squad for the tour of Pakistan in March, without playing a Test, ripped through the WA top-order taking five-wickets in nine overs on day two of their Sheffield Shield clash.

The 28-year-old year-old removed both openers and then took out rising star Teague Wyllie for a second-ball duck to have the home team reeling at 3-3 on the bowler friendly deck.

Wickets continued to tumble with his partner in crime Michael Neser, the man Steketee replaced on that Pakistan tour, also getting in on the action.

But it was Steketee who did all the damage, and he had amazing figures of 5-14 at lunch in Perth with WA teetering at 7-48, following Test aspirant Jhye Richardson’s four-wicket haul on the opening day which helped dismiss Queensland for just 211.

Steketee now has 15 wickets in just two-and-half Shield games this season already.

The Queenslander showed how close he is to Test selection with his Pakistan call-up followed by a trip to Sri Lanka where he snared nine wickets in two games for Australia A.

In Hobart an already rain-interrupted final day of play between Tasmania and Victoria ended when a second hailstorm hit Blundstone Arena and the match was forced to end in a draw.

The entire field was covered in white after the second storm hit in the afternoon and the players were unable to return.

Victorian tail-ended Mitch Perry, who went in as nightwatchman on Monday, held off the local attack with last year’s Shield player of the year, Travis Dean, who was playing his first match of the season.

Dean was unbeaten on 70, and Perry not out 31 when the match was called off in the final session, the Vics defiant at 1-122 in their second innings, with a draw the most likely result regardless of the weather.

The Vics are yet to crack it for a win this season, with three draws coming from their three games, while Tassie at least tasted victory in their opening match of the season.

AT Wollongong, NSW captain Kurston Patterson couldn’t bat in the morning because of a migraine.

But the two-Test batter got off his sick bed to post a brilliant century as he and in-form all-rounder Sean Abbott put the South Australian bowlers to the sword in their Shield clash.

Patterson went past Sir Donald Bradman on the all-time run-scorers list for NSW during a shortened day of play on Monday, but wasn’t unable to resume his innings first thing Tuesday morning.

Instead he watched as opener Daniel Hughes fell just short of a century, out for 91, before Patterson returned to the crease when Moises Henriques was out for a duck.

Batting with Abbot the duo had put on 105 when rain stopped play, after Patterson scored his 11th first class century.

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Victoria might not win it’s Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania but they’ll walk away with a significant victory after the breakout performance of 20-year-old batting star Ashley Chandrasinghe.

Former test opener, now Victorian coach Chris Rogers, was blown away by Chandrasinghe’s opening day effort on a green-top pitch against a “Test quality” attack which included veteran seamers Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird at Blundstone Arena.

The unbeaten 119 not out from the young Victorian was briefly put in the shade by an epic, boundary-filled and unbeaten 154 from Tasmanian captain Jordan Silk who clubbed his team into a winning position.

Silk’s rapid-fire, 164 ball innings included five sixes took the home to 535, a 187-run first innings lead, with Victoria 1-44 in reply at stumps.

Chandrasinghe’s second first-class innings could be to save the game in Hobart, but it was his first dig, as he faced a mammoth 333 balls in his debut Shield innings which moved Rogers to label the left-hander “exceptional”.

Rogers said the fact Chandrasinghe is only going to get “better and better” was as exciting for Australian cricket as it was for Victoria.

“There was a lot of talk in the team this pitch could do anything and also you have to deal with Jackson Bird and Peter Siddle, who are two of the best bowlers on this kind of pitch,” Rogers said.

“It was always going to be a really challenging effort for him and the way he stood up, and fought all the way though, it says so much about him as a person, and that was very impressive.

“His desire to do the hard work, get through, and set the team up, he got his head down and he grinded it out. He knew it was going to be hard work.

“We know he’s going to get better and better and more shots will come in to his repertoire as he gets older but to start off like that, against a test quality attack in many respect, is super impressive.”

Chandrasinghe has been a run-machine in the Victorian second XI, having earned passage there via a mammoth amount of runs in his first full season of premier cricket as a teenager.

Having failed to standout in any of Victoria‘s state underage teams, he travelled to Darwin each Melbourne winter since 2018 to improve his game, and stunned the competition with five consecutive hundreds for Waratah Warriors during the two-day season.

“I haven’t had the junior pathways and the championships some of the other players have had. It was good to find another way to get through and come up the ranks,” Chandrasinghe said after his unbeaten century.

“I didn’t make much of an impact, as much as I could have like.

“To make the debut and make a few runs, it’s a great start, couldn’t really ask for anything more. It was a good day”

Meanwhile in Wollongong, rain played havoc with the clash between NSW and South Australia with only 47 overs bowled and the home team 1-99 when bad light stopped play

NSW captain Kurtis Patterson went past Sir Donald Bradman to become the 19th-highest run-scorer for Shield history for his state as he moved to , going past Bradman’s 4633 runs as he made an unbeaten 32.

Originally published as Queensland quick heaps pressure on Test stars with stunning WACA haul

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