Victoria v Western Australia, Ryobi Cup, Melbourne October 23, 2010

Davis hundred breaks Western Australia's drought

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Western Australia 3 for 239 (Davis 108, North 94*) beat Victoria 8 for 236 (Wade 101*, Hussey 51, Hogan 5-44) by 7 wickets
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Liam Davis breezed to his second century in a week to give Western Australia their opening win of the season. Davis followed his 116 not out against New South Wales on Sunday with 108 as the Warriors swept past Victoria's 8 for 236 with seven wickets and nine balls to spare.

Davis, who hit three sixes during his 125-ball stay, shared a vital partnership with Marcus North that built on Michael Hogan's first five-wicket haul. Western Australia took a 27-run lead after the first two innings and Davis and North were untroubled when they returned, putting on 176 for the third wicket. North, who is preparing for the Ashes, finished with a satisfying 94 not out from 97, while the coach Mickey Arthur celebrated his first win in charge.

Matthew Wade's maiden century gave Victoria a chance after they struggled to 2 for 80 off their first 20 overs. Wade entered at 4 for 85 and steadily built the total until he raced towards the end, pulling a massive six off the second-last ball of the innings to bring up his hundred. He finished with 101 off 81 balls, including 11 fours and two sixes, while David Hussey's 51 was also useful.

Hogan was a handful throughout and collected a very impressive 5 for 44 off 12 overs. The visitors opened with Aaron Heal, who bowled Chris Rogers in his second over, while the debutant Matt Dixon did something nobody else has been able to this season by dismissing Brad Hodge. After posting consecutive centuries, Hodge got a leading edge to Dixon's fifth ball and was caught at third man.