About the Match
Winning the last match against Tasmania on Saturday, Western Australia now has 11 points and is second on the table as they once again go up against Tasmania, which has only 5 points, on 13th Oct at Sydney in the league matches of the Matador BBQ one-day cup. Just one place behind NSW team, Western Australia will be eager to climb up the ladder by repeating their performance from the last match, which they won by 7 wickets and 209 balls remaining to be bowled. The bowlers of WA annihilated the opponents with precision and dismissed them for a measly 62 runs in just 24 overs; it was a walk in the park for the batsmen who achieved the target in 15 overs, winning the match convincingly. The upcoming contest is a good opportunity for Tasmania to settle scores, provided they can come up with a better fight.
It was a disastrous performance by the Tasmania batsmen as four of their players including Paine, Ed Cowan, Hill and Jordan Silk got out for a duck causing major embarrassment for the team against the Western Australian bowlers. With the score at 5-8, there seemed to be no redemption for the team as Jonathan Wells, the lone fighter in the entire batting line-up, got out at 22; this batting collapse would surely haunt them when they go in to the middle on Monday but they should keep their fears aside and give their best if they want to keep their hopes alive. The bowlers had no chance against the opponents with only 62 runs to defend but Rainbird played heroically as he claimed 2 wickets causing an initial scare for WA batsmen. Fekete too took a wicket and contained the run flow to the best of his ability; surely if the batsmen can make better efforts, the bowling squad looks a tough nut to crack. They just need to stick their feet firmly on the ground and deliver as per the requirements of the one-day format, which is surely possible if they come out of the T20 frame of mind.
Joel Paris and Behrendorff struck with no compassion as they claimed 6 wickets between them in quick succession to completely demolish the batting line-up of Tasmania; with a figure of 4-13 in his spell of 5 overs, Paris emerged as the most successful of the bowlers for the team and is looking on good shape to continue with his pace. In the second spell, Nathan Coulter-Nile took 3 wickets giving away only 19 runs to annihilate the opponents convincingly with good support from Rimmington. Restricting the opponents to a lowly total of 62 runs, the batsmen Klinger and Whiteman finished the job in less than 16 overs, taking their team to a massive victory. The players are in good form and have received a major boost to their morale, which will surely keep them motivated for the long run; this is the team to look out for and the players will grab this opportunity to showcase their skills before the selection for the upcoming World Cup begins soon.
While Tasmania is down in morale and spirits, they need to pull up their socks and try to avenge their recent defeat by putting up a better fight on Monday. However, Western Australia clearly go in as favorites and look well placed to win big again.
Western Australia, 1.72 @ Bet365