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Green ton gives WA upper hand in Shield

By AAP Newswire

Highly rated youngster Cameron Green has struck a mature century to put Western Australia in a strong position after the opening day of their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.

The 20-year-old, touted as Australia's long-term Test all-rounder, was unbeaten on 105 at stumps on Monday as the Warriors reached 6-291 after being sent in on a Bellerive Oval green top.

Green, who came to the crease with WA wobbling at 3-43, was assured in defence and picked up his scoring in the third session.

He almost ran himself out in the nervous 90s before bringing up his third ton this season in the shadows of stumps.

He shared a 121-run stand with Josh Philppe, (63), who late in the day became the first scalp of Tigers debutant Nathan Ellis.

"He's definitely got a really good head on him for a 20-year-old guy," Philippe said of Green.

"Especially to lose Shaun (Marsh) and Bangers (Cameron Bancroft) early, some of our really experienced players.

"For him to come out and be the rock of the innings, it was outstanding."

The last-placed Tigers struck three blows in the morning session but toiled after that in the absence of spearhead and Australia A representative Jackson Bird.

Left-arm quick Sam Rainbird (3-50) struck a double blow after half an hour's play, removing out-of-touch former Test opener Bancroft (12) and the experienced Marsh (zero) in his first over.

The dismissal continued a horror Shield summer for Bancroft, who has not made it past 30 this season.

Whiteman, who shared a valuable 91-run partnership with Green, became Jake Doran's maiden first-class victim in the middle session.

Bowling for first time at this level, Doran's medium pace had Whiteman edging to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who gloved four catches for the day.