Handscomb, Harris, Maddinson propel Victoria to final

Victoria 332 out (Handscomb 80, Harris 73, Maddinson 58, Coulter-Nile 3-50) won Western Australia 269 out (Inglis 64, Maddinson 4-29) [19659002] Peter Handscomb works one on the side of the leg Getty Images

A bit of batting since Peter Handscomb and Marcus Harris and a general effort by Nic Maddinson completely outweighed the defending champions Western Australia and sent Victoria to the final of the JLT Cup in the semi-final in Melbourne.

Harris hit 73 of only 49 balls at the top of the order, while captain Handscomb made a compound of 80 from 73 balls to help the hosts set a stunning total of 332 at the Junction Oval.

WA seemed to have the chase under control, but Josh Inglis (64) and D & # 39; Arcy Short (44) could not capitalize on the excellent starts and the Warriors' average order collapsed for the first time in the tournament.

Victoria looked at early problems after winning the draw and hoping to hit when Nathan Coulter-Nile eliminated both Cameron White and Travis Dean with a late swing, rhythm and extra rebound to reduce the home team to 2-for-10. [19659003] Harris then separated and took 20 of the third of Coulter-Nile, with five limits He enjoyed a good fortune when he missed a slip and continued to press hard until he fell trying to get Usman Qadir off the floor in the 15th

Handscomb beat very well and found a good ally in Maddinson, who also passed 50. But both fell with a lot of remaining time in the innings. The queue moved with Matthew Short, Chris Tremain, Fawad Ahmed and Andrew Fekete providing some excellent late shots to take the total beyond the 300. Coulter-Nile was the choice of players who finished with 3 for 50.

WA was flying early the chase with Josh Philippe climbing the turn of Glenn Maxwell and Short, who were used in advance to try to stifle his influence. He made 28 of 15 balls before Fekete caught him in the front.

Inglis and D & # 39; Arcy Short put together an 81-race spot while WA traveled 1-for-121 on the 18th. But Short overcame a slower ball by Jackson Coleman. Ashton Turner took six laps later and Inglis cut a catch back to leave WA in a hole.

Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright could not save the tickets. Victoria was able to squeeze the lower order as the tone diminished. Maddinson secured the best career figures of 4 by 28 with his orthodox part-time left hand.

The Warriors would have reached the final automatically in any other year, having finished two games at the top of the table, but returning home empty After the competition was restructured this year to allow all six sides to play the finals .

This is Victoria's third victory in seven games, having finished fourth in the table and then moving from New South Wales in the qualifying final through a wash-out. They will host the final of Wednesday's Junction Oval against Tasmania.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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