Western Australia 6 for 268 (Voges 90*, Marsh 70, Kingston 3-44) beat Tasmania 8 for 267 (Doolan 93, Michael 89, Agar 2-46) by four wickets
Adam Voges struck an unbeaten 90 to lift his team to third place in the Matador Cup © Getty Images
Western Australia beat Tasmania by four wickets in Sydney to pip New South Wales and move to third place in the Matador Cup points table. Captain Adam Voges scored his third fifty of the campaign, an unbeaten 90, as he saw his team through in a 268-run chase.
Voges’ decision to put Tasmania in seemed vindicated when Jason Behrendorff, the left-arm fast bowler, and part-time offspinner Ashton Turner, accounted for both the openers’ wickets, while also keeping things.
Tasmania struggled to get a move on, as the next 8.2 overs fetched only 39 runs with the loss of four wickets, including Doolan for 93 and James Faulkner for 13. However, a late flourish by Beau Webster and Xavier Doherty, where they took 27 runs off Andrew Tye in the 49th over, saw Tasmania finish on 267 for 8. Tye ended with 2 for 83 as a result. Ashton Agar was the pick of the bowlers, with 2 for 46.
Western Australia started with a 58-run opening stand between Hilton Cartwright and Shaun Marsh. Medium-pacer Hamish Kingston removed Cartwright and quickly followed it with Cameron Bancroft’s wicket to reduce Western Australia to 64 for 2. But Marsh, who scored 70, and Voges steadied the innings with a 69-run stand for the third wicket.
Tasmania managed to take four more wickets in the game, but couldn’t do so regularly as Voges took his team along steadily. The defining partnership was the 71 he added for the sixth wicket with Alex Turner, who scored 42 off 30 deliveries, which took them to within 20 runs of victory. Kingston broke that partnership as well, but his 3 for 44 wasn’t good enough, as Western Australia won with 9 balls to spare.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo