Western Australia 5 for 292 (Stoinis 93 *, Short 63, Philippe 50) beat Tasmania 8 for 290 (Bailey 79, McDermott 76, Qadir 2-40) for five windows
An overwhelming display of power hitting from Marcus Stoinis helped Western Australia win over Tasmania and ensured the Warriors remained unbeaten in the final of the JLT Cup. Stoinis had not scored when WA lost his fourth field, captain Ashton Turner, with 123 runs still in need of 25.1 overs. He made four deliveries to leave the mark and scored just 10 races in his first 16 installments.
But just as he did against Victoria last week, he launched a master class that few Australian players can produce today. second half of limited parties in the present. He hit seven fours and sixes of his next 33 balls to finish in an unbeaten 93 of just 49 deliveries to freeze the game with 9.3 overs to spare.
He was superbly supported by Jhye Richardson (29 *) in an unbeaten stand of 124 from only 88 balls. As good as Stoinis and Richardson, the platform created by the shaped duo Josh Philippe and D & # 39; Arcy Short certainly helped in the pursuit. Philippe continued with his weird touch, getting 50 of 33 deliveries with seven four and three sixes in an exciting 11 overs against the new balls. Short made a backup of his record of 257 in the same place last Friday with 63 in better than a ball race. Although he was lucky enough to do so many times since the Tigers gave him several suspensions in the field.
Previously, Tasmania set a disappointing total, without taking advantage of a cheerful opening stand. Ben McDermott (76) and Matthew Wade (33) made entrepreneurial starts, but they would feel that they left many races on the table as Jason Behrendorff forced errors of both.
Legspinner Usman Qadir continued fooling opponents by taking 2 of 40 out of 10 overs, in what has been a graveyard of rotating bowlers, to stop the Tigers. George Bailey had an excellent 79 and was supported by Tom Rogers and Clive Rose (32 each) to bring the total to 300. But in the end, it was not good enough to bother Stoinis and the unbeaten Warriors.
However, his astonishing 10-point lead at the top of the table and the incredible net race rate count for just one spot in the semifinal at a distant stadium, as all six teams will still play finals under the new JLT Cup format.