South Australia v West Australia, Twenty20 Big Bash 2010-11 January 13, 2011

Harris, Pollard dismantle Western Australia

The Bulletin by Andrew Fuss

South Australia 8 for 202 (Harris 70, Pollard 55, Dorey 3-33) beat Western Australia 9 for 159 (North 48, Harris 2-14) by 46 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The "Doctor" struck at the WACA - in more ways than one - as South Australia cruised to a 46-run win over the hapless Warriors in a KFC Big Bash match that had everything from streakers to an assistant coach taking a screamer - on the field.

Man of the match Daniel 'Doc' Harris was the destroyer for the Redbacks, blasting 70 off just 37 balls; part of a 98-run opening stand with skipper Michael Klinger (35 off 25) that set-up a massive total of 202.

The Fremantle Doctor - the name of the strong wind that comes off the ocean near the ground - also caused some destruction during the Redbacks' innings, bringing down a large tree outside the ground, which crushed a car and landed on Foxtel's outside broadcast van, affecting their coverage of the match for some time.

In a match billed as the battle of the big-hitting West Indians, Kieron Pollard (55 off 26) came out on top, equalling the fastest 50 of the Big Bash summer and proving why he's worth the price of admission alone. Even a broken nose to Australian one-day hopeful Callum Ferguson - courtesy of a Saj Mahmood bouncer - and a late-innings collapse, where they lost 6 wickets for 12 runs, could not stop South Australia from posting a big score.

As has been the case in several Big Bash matches this year, early wickets hindered the team chasing, with Chris Gayle's bizarre stumping - the ball deflected off Graham Manou's stomach and back onto the stumps - deflating the Warriors' hopes early. Pollard was again in the action in the field, this time unleashing a verbal tirade on in-form Warriors opener Shaun Marsh (24 off 22), which lasted several overs until Marsh was dismissed thanks to a gem of a catch from Klinger, diving full length to his right at cover.

The Warriors middle order was left with too much to do and collapsed late; the only other highlight - a diving catch late in the innings by South Australian assistant coach Jeff Vaughan, who was forced to field because of injuries to Ferguson and Dan Christian, who strained a leg muscle.

The victory moved South Australia to the top of the Big Bash table, ahead of their clash with Queensland next Thursday in Adelaide, while the Warriors are floundering at the bottom of the table, with a tough match at home to Victoria next Tuesday on the cards.

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