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Turner gives WA hope in Shield clash

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Chris Pike

Queensland remain in charge of their Sheffield Shield match with Western Australia but a century for Ashton Turner on Tuesday gave the Warriors some hope at the WACA Ground.

In reply to Queensland's 353 set up by 157 to Test batsman Usman Khawaja, the winless WA slumped to 7-125 to appear certain of a fifth straight defeat to open the season.

But an 87-run partnership between Turner and Josh Nicholas (52) helped get WA to 265.

Queensland are 0-3 in their second dig with Joe Burns (1) and Matthew Renshaw (1) surviving a tricky six-over period before stumps to give the Bulls a 91-run lead heading into day three of play.

Turner is hoping WA's bowlers can rip through Queensland and set-up a reachable run chase to end WA\s losing streak before the Big Bash break.

"The game's never gone but we were in a pretty ugly position early on day two," Turner said.

"Hopefully we can turn the game on its head in our bowling innings in the first and second session where we can run through them.

"It's been tough for the first four rounds. It's easy to over-think things when they aren't going well and you aren't winning, so a win would just be some positive reinforcement which is what we need."

Turner is in career-best form with the 23-year-old making scores of 81 and 32 against NSW in Sydney before his maiden century with 110 in the last home game against Tasmania.

But this century had special meaning for him, given the backs-against-the-wall situation his side were in.

"I was in a bit earlier than the side would have liked but once you get through that initial period, it's always going to get easier, and it did. I was lucky to be capitalise at the end," Turner said.

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