WA seamers rout Tasmania for 63 with pink ball

Western Australia 323 (Shaun Marsh 63, Cartwright 61, Bird 4-61, Bell 3-73) and 9 for 272 dec (Richardson 71, Coulter-Nile 52, Rainbird 3-47) beat Tasmania 231 (Doran 54, Kelly 4-58, Richardson 3-64) and 63 (Webster 33*, Coulter-Nile 3-18, Mackin 3-20) by 301 runs

Western Australia’s seamers made a fearful mess of Tasmania to complete an enormous victory for the Warriors in the day-night Sheffield Shield match at the WACA ground.

In the only one of the opening three Shield fixtures to make it into a fourth day, the Tigers were set 365 to win after Mitchell Marsh’s declaration, but were never in the contest following a rush of wickets against the new pink ball that was so dramatic as to reduce the visitors to 9 for 35 in the 17th over. Incumbent Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade one of the batsmen caught up in the maelstrom.

A modicum of face was saved by the last pair of Beau Webster and Andrew Fekete, who added 28, but they served only to slightly reduce the margin of defeat against a WA side that carried on the momentum of a win in the domestic limited-overs tournament that started the season.

Wickets were shared evenly by the Warriors, but the national selectors will be most pleased with the performance of Nathan Coulter-Nile, who looms as a likely reserve option behind the first-choice pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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