JLT One-Day Cup 2017
WA claim JLT Cup after thumping Redbacks
Marsh makes 80no as WA produce clinical all-round display to earn six-wicket victory
21 October 2017, 08:57 PM AEST
Mitchell Marsh has produced a superb captain's knock to lead his team to the JLT One-Day Cup title, courtesy of a six-wicket in against South Australia at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
The Warriors cruised to their target of 249 with 38 balls to spare, Marsh appropriately bringing up the winning runs with a beautifully struck straight drive for four.
It completed a resoundingly dominant tournament for Justin Langer's side, who dropped just one match - ironically to South Australia.
Cameron Bancroft was also superb with the bat, making 76 from 83 in a match-defining stand of 126 with Marsh, while Ashton Turner made a quick-fire 35 from 24 and Shaun Marsh also chipped in with 32.
Earlier, tight pace bowling helped the first-placed side restrict the Redbacks to 9-248.
Returning from international duty in India, spearhead Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye were among four bowlers to finish with two wickets apiece before the Warriors began their chase on Saturday.
Opting to bat first, in-form SA openers Alex Carey (16) and Jake Weatherald (4) were gone inside the first five overs.
Callum Ferguson smashed seven boundaries in a quick 37 but fell to a spectacular one-handed catch by 'keeper Cameron Bancroft off Coulter-Nile.
Part-time leggie D'Arcy Short picked up two wickets in the middle overs, including the big scalp of heavy-hitter Tom Cooper for 63.
Cooper combined with all-rounder Cameron Valente (38) for a 45-run sixth-wicket partnership but holed out in the deep in the 42nd over, leaving the score at 6-209.
Late sixes from tail-ender Adam Zampa (26 off 23 balls) pushed SA to a competitive score, but it never looked enough against an outstanding Warriors team effort.
Mitch Marsh was named man of the match for his match-winning knock while brother Shaun was named Player of the Tournament for 412 runs at 82.40, with a century and three fifties.
Warriors XI: SMarsh, Klinger, Bancroft (wk), MMarsh (c), Turner, Cartwright, Short, Coulter-Nile, Richardson, Tye, Behrendorff #JLTCup— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) October 21, 2017
Redbacks XI: Carey (wk), Weatherald, Ferguson, Head (c), Cooper, Ross, Valente, Mennie, Zampa, Richardson, Worrall #JLTCup— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) October 21, 2017