Silk steers Tasmania to victory

Tasmania 402 and 1 for 209 (Silk 77*, Bailey 58*, Dunk 58) beat Western Australia 262 and 345 (Wells 120, Whiteman 104, Bird 3-69, Kingston 3-72) by 9 wickets

Jordan Silk made an unbeaten 77 in Tasmania’s win © Getty Images

Jordan Silk, Ben Dunk and George Bailey delivered a nine-wicket win for Tasmania on the final day at the WACA, where they chased down the target of 206 with relative ease.

Silk’s first year as a Sheffield Shield cricketer, in 2013, was highly productive and he was even talked about as a Test opener of the future, but he has endured a lean first-class run since then. His unbeaten 77 was his best first-class score for more than two years.

Dunk made 58 and was the only man to lose his wicket in the chase, while Bailey finished unbeaten on 58 as Tasmania cruised to 1 for 209.

The day had started with Western Australia on 5 for 275, and they added 70 for the loss of their final four wickets – captain Adam Voges was unable to bat due to the concussion he suffered in the first innings.

Jonathan Wells reached 120 before he fell to the bowling of Hamish Kingston, and debutant D’Arcy Short was lbw to Jackson Bird for 40. Bird, on the day he was named in Australia’s squad for the Adelaide Test, finished with 3 for 69 and match figures of 5 for 129.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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