Marsh One-Day Cup 2021
WA grab double bonus point to surge into Marsh Cup final
Jason Behrendorff fires on his return as WA thump Tasmania; will play NSW in Sunday's Marsh Cup final
8 April 2021, 05:55 PM AEST
Western Australia have cruised into the final of the Marsh One-Day Cup, comfortably seeing off Tasmania in Perth and securing the bonus point they needed to make Sunday's final against NSW.
WA posted 307 all out and needed to keep Tasmania to a score of less than 245 to secure a bonus point and pass Queensland into second spot on the table.
They did it easily, bowling the Tigers out for 148 to secure two bonus points, and will meet NSW in Sunday's decider at Bankstown Oval.
In great conditions at the WACA Ground, it was the visiting side who won the toss and bowled first as they too looked to gain a bonus-point win to reach the decider.
But they couldn't handle a strong WA top order who raced out of the blocks, with WA jumping to 3-128 off 18 overs before Mitchell Marsh was dismissed for 63 off just 48 balls.
Sam Whiteman and Josh Inglis followed, but not before posting 59 and 60 respectively.
Jackson Bird and Sam Rainbird each bagged three wickets for Tasmania, while Tom Rogers and Tom Andrews took two wickets apiece.
A late-innings flourish by Jason Behrendorff of 35 off 33 balls capped off a solid batting display for a side looking red hot to defend their Marsh Cup trophy.
Ominous signs came early for the Tigers in their chase, losing Ben McDermott to a golden duck as none of their batmen could find a foothold.
Tasmania lost four wickets in the opening 10 overs, three of them to Behrendroff, and it didn’t take long before they capitulated to be all out for 148 in just 25.1 overs.
Beau Webster top scored with an unbeaten 51 and the loss means Tasmania finish fourth on the ladder.