Cam Green tuned up for WA’s Sheffield Shield return against South Australia at the WACA Ground on Thursday with a double century for Subiaco-Floreat.
The towering allrounder guided his WA Premier Cricket side to a dominant position after the opening day of their two-day clash against Joondalup.
Coming to the crease in the first over of the day with the Lions 1-0, Green batted the remaining 89.3 overs to finish unbeaten on 201 in Subiaco-Floreat’s mammoth total of 6-418.
He put on 164 for the second wicket with Ethan Chivers (71) and 159 for the third with Geremy Fatouros (102).
It was only the 21-year-old’s second competitive hit-out since his maiden Test series against India wrapped up in Brisbane on January 19.
He spent two weeks in quarantine in WA, opting to rest ahead of Australia’s Test tour of South Africa instead of playing Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers.
With that tour now cancelled due to coronavirus fears, Green will now focus on helping on WA’s shield drought of more than two decades.
WA last lifted the shield in the summer of 1998-99, a few months before Green was even born.
Several other State-contracted players impressed in Premier Cricket action on Saturday.
Leg-spinner Liam O’Connor put his hand up for a spot in WA’s XI against the Redbacks with a four-wicket haul for Bayswater-Morley.
O’Connor, back from a decent BBL10 campaign with Adelaide Strikers, took 4-68 from 21.4 overs to help skittle Rockingham-Mandurah for 179.
The Bears were in trouble in reply at 5-50 with former BBL cult hero Craig Simmons (3-6) doing the damage with his left-arm spinners.
Rookie Brad Hope (67) continued his prolific run-scoring form for Claremont-Nedlands and left-arm seamer Joel Paris (40 off 29 balls) provided an entertaining lower-order cameo around captain Nick Hobson’s brilliant unbeaten century.
Former Perth Scorcher Hobson finished on 162 not out in the Tigers’ total of 7-350.
Ex-Test allrounder Hilton Cartwright made an unbeaten 20 for South Perth against Scarborough.
Opener Jake Carder was 27 not out at stumps for Fremantle against Melville with Sam Whiteman (9) the only wicket to fall so far in their innings.