Stoinis and debutant Neil-Smith share honours after fire stops play

Mitchell Marsh soon departed on resumption and at 4 for 99 the innings was in the balance. Then came Western Australia’s most dominant period of batting as Stoinis and Josh Philippe added 120 in 23 overs which included a pulled six onto the grass bank by Philippe.

The breakthrough came from 20-year Neil-Smith who claimed his maiden first-class wicket when he removed Philippe shortly before tea and Stoinis followed in the next over from Bird as Tasmania went into the break on a high.

In the evening session Western Australia’s lower provided useful contributions as runs continued to come at a healthy rate. Josh Inglis (42) and Ashton Agar added 51 for the seventh wicket before both fell to Neil-Smith. The home side’s total was boosted by 39 extras which included 14 no-balls, 11 of them from Sam Rainbird.