Western Australia 4 for 202 (Philippe 65, Stoinis 47 *, Maxwell 1 for 15) beat Victoria 200 (Handscomb 57 , Gotch 43, Tye 3 by 47) by six terrains
The speed of Nathan Coulter-Nile and the cunning of Usman Qadir combined to push back Victoria and set the stage for a victory of bonus points by Australia Western in the limited national game at the renovated Oval Junction in Melbourne.
While Victoria played for the first game in her new home, the unusual date of early September made it a decidedly useful day to play first, an option given to WA when local captain Peter Handscomb chose to hit. Coulter-Nile threw a remarkable speed in front of Jhye Richardson, and both claimed wickets with the new ball.
So important was the adrenaline rush that Coulter-Nile seemed to generate with a handful of spiteful short balls, meaning that once he had nailed Nic Maddinson lbw with a late inswinger, the rest of the Victorian upper order seemed decided. to fight with fire fire. Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell fell to the hook, after Cameron White was stranded trying to take the attack to the 25-year-old Qadir, whose mere presence in the WA XI was a story in itself.
Son of the formidable Pakistani goalkeeper Abdul Qadir, he had trained with South Australia five years ago, and was initially called as a member of the Perth Scorchers squad for this summer's Big Bash League. Some impressive plays in practice matches for WA convinced Warriors coach Adam Voges to select Qadir as replacement for Ashton Agar, and demonstrate his ability with an ingenious 3-for-50 spell that showed its dizzying variations and considerable accuracy. .
Victoria's batting order had been the subject of discussion before the game, and Handscomb reorganized his deck by promoting White to open and Maddinson to No. 3, while Maxwell remained at No. 5. After the loss of Three early wickets, it was up to Handscomb and Maxwell to rebuild things, but the latter could not contain himself after connecting Andrew Tye for six big ones, overcoming an attempt to repeat the next ball with the thin leg.
Handscomb, following his 89 in Sunday's defeat of New South Wales in North Sydney Oval, could not go past 57 before falling in a similar manner, and from that point the hosts were never able to establish a significant count. defiant in what would be the best batting conditions of the match.
The Australian sub-19s, Josh Philippe, the archer Josh Inglis, D & # 39; Arcy Short and Marcus Stoinis, all connected with a handful of big hits to quickly secure a successful chase for WA, leaving the Warriors with five points of advantage over the table in a competition where all six teams qualify for the final independently.
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig
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