WA cruise into final after Mackin takes five

Western Australia 1 for 182 (Short 119*) beat Cricket Australia XI 179 all out (Webster 52, Mackin 5-33) by nine wickets

Western Australia cruised into the domestic limited-overs final with a comprehensive defeat of the Cricket Australia XI at North Sydney Oval – on a different pitch to that used during Sunday’s abandoned match between New South Wales and Victoria.

After the CA XI were given a reasonable platform by Beau Webster (52) and Clint Hinchcliffe (49), Simon Mackin fired out five batsmen out of six to mean the Warriors were set an underwhelming target of 180.

D’Arcy Short then made quick work of the chase, hammering a century at the top of the WA order after the coach Justin Langer chose to grant opportunities to him and Hilton Cartwright ahead of the in-form opening pair of Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger.

Cartwright, who had opened for Australia in the recent ODI series in India, was overshadowed by Short’s pyrotechnics, which granted WA a bonus point with more than 19 overs to spare.

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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