Marsh brothers make light work of Tigers

07 October 2017

Shaun and Mitch make keep Warriors undefeated as Tasmania sink to third defeat in as many matches

JLT One-Day Cup 2017, Match 10


Unbeaten Western Australia have kept the perfect JLT One-Day Cup record with a thumping eight-wicket victory over Tasmania at the WACA Ground on Saturday.

Half-centuries from brothers Shaun (62 off 68 balls) and Mitch Marsh (67 off 49 balls) followed on from a disciplined bowling effort to hand the Warriors a bonus-point win.

Marsh's golden JLT Cup run continues

Captain Mitch Marsh iced the game in brutal fashion, taking 23 off the final four legal deliveries of the match from Tigers quick Sam Rainbird, including a towering straight six to seal the game.

In-form Shaun Marsh struck a six off his own along with six fours to register his third successive score in excess of 50 after innings of 132 not out and 88 to begin the tournament.

Mitch Marsh monsters match-winning 67

Jordan Silk struck a composed 80 (off 86 balls) for Tasmania but his teammates largely failed to fire as they were bowled out for 207 in the final over of their innings.

Despite losing pacemen Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff to international duties, WA's attack strangled Tasmania on Saturday in an impressive display.

David Moody took 3-47 and Jhye Richardson 2-40, as all six bowlers used picked up wickets to showcase WA's enviable depth.

Tasmania were in serious trouble until a 93-runseventh-wicket partnership between Silk and debutant Tom Rogers (38) restored some respectability, before the visitors were bowled out in the last over.

Silk sublime in Tigers defeat

After captain George Bailey won the toss, wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the innings with Tasmania slumping to 6-99 in the 30th over, when allrounder James Faulkner was caught down the leg side.

Faulkner, who was rushed back into the team after playing in the recent ODI series in India, looked out of touch scoring just five off 42 balls.

Tasmania could not recover from a disastrous start when opener Ben Dunk was dismissed without score in the first over and No.3 Alex Doolan (eight) departed soon after, when chopping on against debutant Matt Kelly.

Bailey looked in good touch during a rearguard effort but was stumped for a near run-a-ball 36.

Western Australia XI: Shaun Marsh, Michael Klinger, Cameron Bancroft, Mitch Marsh, Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, D'Arcy Short, Jhye Richardson, Matt Kelly, David Moody, Simon Mackin.

Tasmania XI: Ben Dunk, Ben McDermott, Alex Doolan, George Bailey, Jordan Silk, Charlie Wakim, James Faulkner, Tom Rogers, Cameron Boyce, Sam Rainbird, Riley Meredith

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