Sheffield Shield: Western Australia's Josh Inglis, Ashton Agar score centuries two balls apart

Sheffield Shield: Western Australia's Josh Inglis, Ashton Agar score centuries two balls apart

Western Australia duo Josh Inglis and Ashton Agar have notched Sheffield Shield centuries within the space of two balls as they combined for WA’s highest six-wicket partnership in history.

The pair belted a hapless South Australian attack, which included Agar’s brother Wes, with runs free-flowing throughout their 266-run stand at Karen Rolton Oval.

Stand-in captain Shaun Marsh declared at 5-481 after Inglis reached the 150-run milestone with a towering six over extra cover, his third consecutive boundary off leg-spinner Lloyd Pope (5-164).

Gloveman Inglis recorded the first Shield century of the season, with the triple-figure score his maiden first-class hundred.

It’s the third time Agar has tonned up in domestic cricket, his most recent century before today coming back in 2015.

Agar, who turns 27 on Wednesday, raised his bat just moments after Inglis as the pair propelled WA into a dominant position with their record-breaking stand.

The duo came together at 5-215 and managed to see off the second new ball in the final hour of play yesterday, before batting for a further three hours today.

Inglis’ previous high score in first-class cricket came at the WACA last year, when he threw away a century by holing out for 91.

Following the lunch interval, the batsmen came out with a clear intention to score quickly before the impending declaration.

Inglis was the main accelerator, reaching the 150-mark off 181 deliveries and finishing with 26 fours and three sixes in his 153-run knock.

Left-hander Agar also surpassed his previous high score of 106, finishing unbeaten on 114 from 186 balls including 19 fours.

WA’s previous record for the sixth wicket was 244 against New South Wales back in 1968.

Coach Adam Voges has made no secret of his desire to break the state’s long-standing Sheffield Shield drought; their last red-ball title coming a whopping 21 years ago.

Veteran batsman Marsh has entered his 20th domestic season as he chases the elusive title.