Agar stars as Western Australia win rain-hit match

Western Australia 5 for 159 (Agar 47) beat Cricket Australia 8 for 147 (Harper 48, Tye 4-23) by 5 wickets by D/L method

Ashton Agar delivered victory to Western Australia © Getty Images

Ashton Agar smashed 47 off 19 balls to set up victory for Western Australia in a severely rain-shortened match against the Cricket Australia XI at Hurstville Oval in Sydney. The game was reduced to 15 overs per side due to the wet weather earlier the day, and after Duckworth-Lewis adjustments were made, the CA XI’s 8 for 147 translated into a target of 156 for the Warriors.

Agar had taken two wickets and Andrew Tye picked up 4 for 23 as the CA XI pushed for a competitive total, with opener Sam Harper the top scorer with 48 off 28 balls. Jake Carder contributed 43 from 18 deliveries and Matthew Short struck four sixes late in the innings during a cameo of 27 from 10 balls.

But a fast and furious opening stand of 44 from 3.2 overs between Hilton Cartwright (32 off 14) and Michael Klinger (29 from 20) set the Warriors on the right path, and Agar steered most of the remainder of the short chase. Agar struck four fours and four sixes and although he departed with 13 runs still required, he had done enough.

Adam Voges hit the winning runs as the Warriors completed their five-wicket win with eight balls to spare.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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