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Warriors on the board

UPDATED 19 October, 2013 6:43PM AEST | by AAP 2

Former Test batsman Shaun Marsh has continued his bright start to the season, top-scoring with 84 in Western Australia's 52-run one-day cup win over Tasmania at Blacktown on Saturday.

Marsh and John Rogers (68) put on 150 for the second wicket - Western Australia's highest partnership of the season to date - helping set up a solid total of 8-256.

Marsh's second successive half-century leaves the 30-year-old with an average of 61 after three matches.

The injury-prone Marsh, who missed the early matches of the season with a hamstring injury, has not played a Test since he was dropped after making 3 and 0 against India in January last year.

Evan Gulbis led the Tasmanian fightback with the seamer knocking over both Marsh and Rogers in claiming 3-37 off his allotted ten overs.

Former Australian Test opener Simon Katich was dismissed for one, suffering his first failure with the bat since returning to domestic cricket after an 18-month absence.

The 38-year-old veteran of 56 Tests was caught behind off the bowling of Ben Laughlin having previously made successive half-centuries.

After reaching 2-119 in reply, Tasmania suffered a steady loss of wickets to be all-out for 204 as their three-match winning streak came to an end against the competition's bottom side.

Gulbis backed up his bowling effort by top-scoring for Tasmania, hitting a quick-fire 47 at better than a run-a-ball.

However, his dismissal proved to be the beginning of the end for the Tasmanians.

Andrew Tye collected the bowling honours for Western Australia with 5-46.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.

First Posted 19 October, 2013 5:51PM AEST

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