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SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2016-17

Tigers complete comprehensive victory

20 November 2016
MATCH REPORT

Tasmania completed an impressive nine-wicket win over Western Australia in Perth

Sheffield Shield 2016-17, Round three

WA
TAS

Concussed Tigers batsman Alex Doolan needed only two days to win man-of-the-match honours during his team's nine-wicket Sheffield Shield win over Western Australia at the WACA Ground.

Set 206 for victory, Tasmania cruised to 1-209 with 21.1 overs to spare.

Jordan Silk (77no), Ben Dunk (58), and George Bailey (58no) made light work of the run chase.

Doolan set up Tasmania's first win of the Shield season with his sparkling 202 on day two.

But he played no further part in the match after being diagnosed with late-onset concussion following a hit to the jaw from a Jason Behrendorff bouncer.

WATCH: Doolan concussed by helmet blow

With Doolan ruled out of Tasmania's second innings, WA sniffed a chance of victory.

But Dunk, Silk, and Bailey snuffed out those hopes against a WA attack that toiled hard but struggled for breakthroughs.

WA's third loss on the trot leaves them winless and on the bottom of the Shield ladder, with the Tigers leapfrogging them into fifth.

WA were bowled out for 345 in their second innings, with opener Jonathan Wells (120) and wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman (104) rescuing the home side after they had slumped to 4-44 on Saturday.

WATCH: Crucial century for Wells

 

Warriors skipper Adam Voges was unable to bat after being concussed by a Cameron Stevenson bouncer on Thursday.

He was also ruled out of next week's day-night Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

Doolan and Voges weren't the only players nursing sore heads, with Warriors tail-ender Simon Mackin copping a battering shortly before lunch on Sunday.

Mackin was assessed for several minutes when he lost sight of a Cameron Stevenson bouncer and got struck on the helmet.

And he copped several body blows in the following overs as he struggled to play short balls.

He was eventually out for 12 when he edged Jackson Bird through to the wicketkeeper.

Bird, who earned a call-up for the third Test against South Africa, finished with 3-69 to follow on from his first-innings return of 2-60.

After the match, Tigers captain Bailey revealed Doolan had suffered a broken jaw and was in doubt for their next Shield clash with NSW, starting in Hobart on November 26.

"That concussion bit's fine, but he's got a fractured jaw," Bailey said.

WATCH: Bailey helps guide Tasmania home

 

"I don't know if he needs surgery."

Bailey was proud of his team's fighting spirit.

"We worked hard for it. It's satisfying," Bailey said.

"When your're putting so much hard work in, it's nice for the younger guys to see it can pay off."

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